The Bombers had their most difficult league test last week, with games against Kent Roosevelt, Solon and Westlake. The campaign began Thursday against Kent at Kent State, where the Bombers battled the Rough Riders to a tough 2-1 overtime loss. After Jack Javorsky scored on the first shot of the game, the Bombers skated much of the game a man down due to numerous penalties and could not muster another goal. Kenston had numerous chances in a fast-paced third period and overtime, but Kent prevailed and handed the Bombers their first league loss of the season. The team now needed to win one of the next two games to share in the league title, or win both to claim it outright.
On Saturday, the team showed great character and rebounded from their heartbreaking loss at Kent to beat Solon 5-2 at The Pond on Senior Night. Senior Captain Alex Petre and sophomore forward Jonathon Wiegand each scored two goals, and sophomore defenseman Ryan Herpy added one. The team limited Solon to just 20 shots for the game and sophomore goalie Kent Mack made a number of great saves to ensure the victory and at least a share of the league title.
On Sunday, the team took to the ice once again to take on Westlake away at Winterhurst Arena. Both teams had much riding on the game, with the Bombers playing to prevent sharing their Championship Banner with rival Kent Roosevelt, and the Demons playing to secure a berth in the Barons Cup Tournament. Kenston played a great first period and looked to be on their way to a blowout win, finishing the period up 3-0, with two goals by junior forward Sam Johnson and one by sophomore forward Bailey Mulhern. Westlake showed great resolve in the second period, skating hard and tying the game 3-3. Sam Johnson assisted with a nice pass to senior captain Danny Isakoff, who deftly netted the puck to finish the period up 4-3. Both teams came out flying in the third period with Westlake tying the game, then going ahead 5-4. Alex Petre tied the game for Kenston with five minutes left. The Bombers were not to be denied as junior forward Jason Kantra scored the game winner with just over a minute to go in the game. Westlake pulled their goalie but the team and Goalie Kent Mack hung on for a hard-fought win.
The victory and the championship season mark a significant point in the history of Kenston Hockey, with this year’s team competing for the first time in the most competitive of the league’s three divisions. The season is not over, with the upcoming District Tournament and the Bombers facing Hudson in the first round of the Barons Cup Tournament this Thursday, February 6th at 8:30 pm at The Brooklyn Recreation Center. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Please come out and support the team!