The Kenston season came to an end Thursday night at Kent State. The Bombers played a very hard game all the way to the end to try and play another day. Coach Beard came into the locker before the game and told his players a motivating story. At the end he asked us some questions. "Who's going to step-up and be the leader of this game? Who's going to be the man to step up and be the player to take this game and win it for the team?" Everyone went onto the ice with that story and the feeling of being the player who would make the wining play.
The Kenston Bombers Hockey team had the unique opportunity to play at Quicken Loans Arena against the Brecksville Bees. Despite all the excitement of the experience, the Bombers still showed up to win a hockey game. Kenston dominated the game with puck movement and physicality, and the goals came. Ben Kinney contributed with two, Bailey Mulhern tucked in a rebound as did Kenny Holland, and later Jack Javorsky finished the game off with an empty net goal.
The Bombers hockey team had two games over the weekend, the first against rival Chagrin Falls in a league game, and the second was a scrimmage against White West team North Olmstead. The Chagrin Falls game on Saturday was an all out battle as both the Bombers and the Tigers struggled to score. The Bombers went on the power play multiple times in the first period but failed to capitalize. Jonathon Wiegand eventually started off the scoring midway through the second period with a rebound goal after crashing the net on a shot by Alex Petre.
The Hockey Team won the NDCL tournament last weekend. The team went 4-0 defeating NDCL, Benedictine, and Mayfield (2). The team outscored their opponents 18-5 with goals from the following: Kinney (6), Nero (4), Petre (3), Herpy (1), Nash (1), Jack J. (1), and Kantra (2). The Bombers two best games were against Mayfield. The first one the Bombers got a little frustrated during the first two periods and the game wasn’t going the way they wanted it to. After talking in the locker room the Bombers came out as a team. They took control of the third period and the game. The Bombers defeated Mayfield 4-2. The championship game was against Mayfield as well. The game was very fast and intense. But once again the Bombers took control of the third period and the game. The final score was 5-2. After the game seniors Ryan Malik, Rachel Megan, Ben Kinney were honored and presented with the first place trophy. The Bombers have a tough week of practice ahead of them.
Although its league standing leaves something to be desired, Kenston has every reason to be pleased with a solid run since the middle of December.
The Bombers are 7-2 since Dec. 15, including a 4-0 run to win the Heights Holiday tournament after Christmas, and a 5-3 victory Sunday over a Red Division foe in Mentor in a battle of the Nos. 4 and 5 teams in The News-Herald's Top of the Crop.
"We're starting to turn the corner," Coach Tom Beard said. "We're getting healthy, and that's the big thing. We trying to turn the corner and get ready for the stretch run."
The Hockey Team started the weekend out great with a big win against Kent Roosevelt. They played well and were able to pull together a great 4 to 1 win. Then on Sunday the Bombers played Solon and did not do so well. Cooper Nash said, "It was a rough game where we lost our heads and didn't play even close to the best of our abilities." Mike Nero and Ben Kinney each had a goal, but it wasn't enough to overcome Solon's 5. There were some big penalties in the game and the Bombers are going to be missing Mike Nero for the upcoming game against Chagrin as well as Alex Petre for the next two league games. Hopefully the team will be able to bounce back and beat Chagrin on Saturday, December 15.
In a White East Division matchup of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League, the Bombers turned on cruise control in the second and third periods for the 6-1 win against Orange.
The Hockey Team wins their first tournament! The hockey team has been conditioning hard for about two weeks now. The hockey team had a great weekend! They played in their first tournament Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and won. Ben Kinney played great and showed veteran leadership for the young Bombers. Cooper Nash said, "It was a lot of fun playing so well as a team." The Hockey team plays Orange this Friday and CVCA this Saturday so come support the team!
The weekend of the 10th and 11th the Kenston hockey team got off to a great start by winning their first two scrimmages. They beat NDCL with a score of 7-3 on Saturday, November 10, and upset Massillon Jackson with a score of 5-1 on Sunday, November 11. Against NDCL Ben Kinney had four goals while Jack Javorsky had two nice goals including a great redirection of Ryan Herpy's shot and Cooper Nash contributed with a lone goal. Against Massillon Jackson, Ben Kinney had two goals while Alex Petre, Jonathan Wiegand, and Mike Nero each contributed with a goal. The Bombers achieved their two big wins with great performances from freshman goalie Kent Mack in net. Cooper Nash commented on the weekend and said, "Good games, good players." The team is off to a good start.
The Kenston Hockey team is looking forward to a new season. There are going to be some changes to the team this year and there are some high expectations. Austin Shoda said, "Hockey is such a thrilling sport to watch. I can't wait to go to the games this year." With the support of their fans, the hockey team is looking forward to having a good season with many exciting games.
Fans arriving late to Kenston's hockey match against Cleveland Hts. over the weekend missed all the offense.
Just 93 seconds into the first period, the Bombers' Alex Petre scored on a right-handed slap shot past the Tigers goalie and it seemed Kenston was off and running.
But it was a defensive effort that won the day. Despite outshooting Cleveland Hts. 21-6 through the first two periods, the Bombers' strong penalty kill, even staving off two five-on-three situations, was the team's strength. Final was 2-0 on a late Zack Kinney empty-net goal, putting the Bombers at .500 for the season.
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