The Kenston Bombers drop a 3-2 match to Gilmour in the Div. I tournament at Kent State University
Kenston had its lead heading into the third period, but the battle-tested Bombers succumbed to a late Gilmour push in the third round of the Div. I tournament at Kent State University.
The game, held Feb. 27, ends the Bombers tournament run.
First-year head coach Eric Horschler said the team knew Gilmour was a quality opponent based on the film they watched.
"There was a lot of chippy play in the first period with both teams being penalized for illegal hits," Horschler said.
Two-goal leads come and go in hockey, faster than a goalie can say, "uncle."
Trailing, 2-0, five minutes into their program's first Baron Cup I title game on Sunday at the John M. Coyne Recreation Center in Brooklyn, the Kenston Bombers seemed determined to make a nephew out of Rocky River senior goaltender Anthony Mod.
Having been there before, the Pirates lit the lamp early with a backdoor rebound goal and then with a second-chance opportunity just moments after Kenston junior goalie Kent Mack made a brilliant stick save on a breakaway but had no help with a clear from the zone.
The Bomber Hockey team finished the regular season this past weekend with an 8-2 win over Mentor and a 5-4 win over Riverside. This concluded a very respectable third place finish in their first season in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League Red North Division, the most competitive of the League's six divisions. The Bomber's League record was 7 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties, and their overall record now stands at 17-8-3. The team's four losses in League play were close games against second place Shaker Heights and undefeated Division Champion Rocky River.
Kenston plays its best in the third period, knocking off rival Chagrin Falls, 4-2.
After a year hiatus for the Chagrin Falls program, it was time to meet again.
Kenston was fired up heading into its game with rival Chagrin Falls.
"The players understand the significance of this rivalry," said first-year coach Eric Horschler. "I told the boys about how important it is to gain momentum early on. The team that scores first and gets the lead will be at a decided advantage."
Without an inch of glass to spare around the entire rink, the Chagrin Falls fans tested the durability of the boards as they banged away in the third period of Friday's late-night contest at The Pond.
At the other end of the ice, sophomore forward Schaffer Berg had just found the back of the net on a near-impossible angle with the puck slipping under the stick-side armpit of Kenston junior goaltender Kent Mack.
The Tigers, who didn't have a team last season, took a 2-1 lead on the Bombers, who play in the top Red Division of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League.
Nobody cares about the score at the end of the first period, and nobody cares about the score after the second. All that matters is when the clock ticks zero.
When the final buzzer sounded Saturday night at The Pond in Auburn, Shaker Heights beat Kenston, 4-2, in Red North action of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League.
While the visiting Red Raiders trailed the majority of the contest, they scored three goals in the third period, including two in the final seconds.
"We got on them right off the get-go in the first period," Kenston head coach Eric Horschler said. "In the second period, we kind of got back on our heels and were just trying to protect the lead, which our guys knew they couldn't do that. Once you fall back on your heels, it's hard to dig yourself out of the corner."
Kenston senior Jack Javorsky left his post at the point in hopes of sparking some offense with the puck during Saturday's Red North zebra show at Rocky River.
The 6-foot defenseman beat two Pirate skaters and ripped a point-blank shot off the crossbar that came down to the ice with such velocity that it was suspect as to which side of the goal line it landed.
After giving up a goal late in the first period – 10 seconds after a failed power play – the Bombers were skating hard out of the gate in the second frame, searching for an equalizer.
"Well, we were trying," Javorsky said.
Whatever hockey coach Andre Lacroix was selling in the Geauga Youth Hockey Association three, four, five years ago, his former players were buying.
Twelve current high school hockey captains from 10 varsity teams in Northeast Ohio all played for Lacroix on the same Geauga Maple Leafs youth hockey team before going their separate ways.
Those players include Solon junior Zach Mandry, Kenston seniors Jack Javorsky and Jason Kantra, Chagrin Falls senior TJ Subel and junior Jackson Markley, Orange senior Evan Raupp, St. Edward senior Trevor Lewandowski, of Auburn, Benedictine junior Ron Moner, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy senior Tucker Anderson, Riverside junior Joe Mysyk, Hudson senior Matt Murphy and Kent Roosevelt senior Gabe Smith.
Kenston's work Jan. 3 in a Red Division crossover encounter at Strongsville and the thought of a one-way plane ticket to the Maldives to get away from the Northeast Ohio winter have a great deal in common.
It got better and better as time went along.
The Bombers got key second-period goals from Ryan Herpy and Jason Kantra en route to a solid 4-0 win over the Mustangs at IceLand USA.
The foundation set in squirt, pee-wee and bantam hockey tends to come full circle.
This winter, it has in a special way amid the Northeast Ohio high school ranks thanks to a shared connection through the Geauga Mapleleafs youth program that makes its home at The Pond in Auburn Township.
There are 11 former Mapleleafs bantam standouts now serving as captains of their high school hockey programs, including five from The News-Herald coverage area: Kenston's Jack Javorsky and Jason Kantra, Benedictine's Ron Moner, Chagrin Falls' T.J. Subel and Joe Mysyk from the Riverside club team.
When Kenston senior hockey player Cooper Nash was introduced as a “former Solon native,” the extended profile lit a fire to his stick when the Bombers dropped the puck against the host Comets on Friday at Gilmour.
Transferring to Kenston in seventh grade, Nash now bleeds blue with an “A” on his jersey, and he made sure to remind his pals on the other side about where he stands by burying a power-play lamplighter in the first period.
With a Solon starting defenseman in the box, Kenston senior Jack Javorsky fired a shot that hit off Comet senior goaltender Frank Nagy and squirted back out of the crease, where Nash collected the rebound and scored, glove side.
The door just slammed shut on Hudson starting defenseman Harry Harr, and it wouldn't open until the Bauer gloves came off for the postgame handshakes.
Out on the ice, Kenston was bustling to make a statement in sudden-death overtime during the Bombers' debut as a member of the Red North Division of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League.
Moments earlier, Kenston senior captain Jason Kantra was on a high-speed counterattack down the right wing, zipping around the delayed backchecking of Harr, who had no choice but to extend his stick in an effort to prevent Kantra from a clear-ice breakaway.
New Kenston hockey coaches Eric Horschler and Joe Kummerl talk about their experience, goals for the Bombers' program and much more.
Q: You’re both new coaches at the varsity high school level. What experience do you bring to the table?
Eric: My extensive playing experience will allow me to teach the players the game of hockey that I love.
Joe: I actually spent the last two seasons as an assistant with the Walsh Jesuit JV program. While I was playing at Kent, I spent a couple days of the week just coaching the JV practices. It really gave me a lot of experience with the younger high school players, specifically freshman and sophomores.
The Kenston Boys Hockey team went to Miami of Ohio this past weekend for a tournament. Despite just beginning their season, the team did very well. Down in Miami, the team faced tough competition but prevailed. First the team played Kent Roosevelt and tied 3-3. After that the boys easily defeated the next opponent; Talawanda, 3-1. Following, the team stomped Mason with a score of 9 -1. Finally the team had made it to the championship to face Kent Roosevelt once again. Coming in with vengeance the hockey team beat Kent Roosevelt by a score of 4-1. Goal contributors in this game included Nick Kendra, Jason Kantra, Sam Johnson, and Cooper Nash. Also notable is that Jason Kantra was awarded player of the championship game and Jack Javorsky was named MVP of whole tournament. Brandon Wenger said, "This was a great way to start off the season." Come see the next game on Saturday, December 6th at Kent State, 1:45 p.m. vs. Hudson.
A look at the 2013-14 Kenston hockey season.
The Kenston Bombers started the Ohio High School Athletic Association District ice hockey tournament with a methodical 3-2 victory over a spirited Orange Lions team.
The game began with the Bombers scoring three straight goals in what looked like a blowout.
Several of the Bombers admitted after the game they may have looked past the Lions, having twice beaten them during the season.
The University School hockey team will be on a quest to reclaim its district title when the Preppers head back to the Kent State Ice Arena at 7:30 p.m. Friday to take on Lake Catholic.
University School enters the contest with nine district titles during head coach Bill Beard's 16 years at the helm, including state championships in 2003 and 2009. Also, the Preppers were state runners-up in 2002 and 2004.