Shaker Heights hockey rallies to beat Kenston, 3-2, with pair of goals in third period
SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — After trailing most of the game, Shaker Heights’ hockey team rallied in the final five minutes to beat Kenston, 3-2, at Thornton Park on Saturday.
Jordan Davenport scored twice despite leaving the game about halfway through the second period after taking a hard hit into the boards. It was his unassisted score with 37 seconds left in regulation that clinched the win for the Raiders.
Kenston (16-2-1) struck first, however, when Sam Johnson scored with 12:21 to play in the opening period. Jason Kantra and Alex Petre assisted.
Shaker Heights (9-7-1) quickly answered on Davenport’s first goal of the game, assisted by Ryan LaMonica and Matt Clements.
The Bombers scored again on a bizarre play with two minutes left in the first frame. Ryan Herpy got the goal, assisted only by a little bit of luck. The puck deflected off the stick of Raiders goalie Sam Attias and tumbled up and over his head to cross the goal line.
Shaker Heights put a lot of pressure on Kenston’s defense in the second period but was unable to score on Bombers goalkeeper Kent Mack, despite a couple of close calls.
Davenport took a hard hit into the boards about halfway through the frame, which left him laying on the ice in pain. He was able to skate to the Raiders’ bench with some assistance. He returned in the third period.
Near the end of the second, both teams racked up several penalty minutes following a scuffle. Despite both teams having several power play opportunities, some following the scuffle and others coming at other points in the period, neither team was able to capitalize.
LaMonica netted the tying goal for the Raiders with five minutes left in the game. A.J. Koch and Daniel Ritts provided assists.
The Bombers bombarded the Shaker Heights goal in the final two minutes of the third frame but could not sneak anything past Attias.
He said he felt that after a tough first period, his teammates and himself were able to come together better and get the victory.
Davenport said it meant a lot to come back into the game and score the winning goal. He also explained why it felt especially satisfying for his team to beat the Bombers.
“Two Shaker kids went to Kenston so it felt good to beat them,” he said.
Shaker Heights is now the only Northeast Ohio team to defeat Kenston this season. Both teams are No. 1 in their respective leagues with the Raiders atop the Red North and the Bombers atop the Red South.
“I think we just ran out of gas, honestly,” said Kenston coach Tom Beard. “I take full responsibility for not having our full first unit out on the ice during the final few minutes.”
In addition to late-game fatigue, the pressure of wanting to prove themselves against a Red North team is another factor Beard believes played a part in his team’s loss.
“I think we lost our composure,” he said. “It was a big game for us; A Red South team playing the defending state champs who are from the Red North.”
The Bombers have two more matchups against Red North opponents scheduled this season, one against Mentor and another against Brecksville.
Beard feels playing teams in the higher league gives his players valuable experience to build on as they inch closer to the Baron Cup.
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Shaker Heights’ Jordan Davenport on scoring the winning goal in win against Kenston