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Bombers Advance in Tournament

Published in The Geauga County Maple Leaf
February 23, 2017
Victor Lombardi

The Kenston Bombers high school hockey team took it to a lower level Nordonia team last weekend with a convincing 11-0 win.

The Kenston Bombers high school hockey team took it to a lower level Nordonia team last weekend with a convincing 11-0 win.

It was a bounce-back game for the Bombers, who were unexpectedly upset 4 -1 by a North Olmstead team in a first round Baron Cup I game Feb. 9.

The Bombers entered their first round reeling, having not played a game for nine days. It proved to be to the Bombers’ advantage, as the team only needed two periods to beat its opponent.

High school hockey rules dictate that if a team is overwhelming another team and has a 10 or more goal lead after two periods, the leading team is declared the victor and play is suspended.

As it were, the game was played under a running clock scenario at 14:26 of the second period as the Bombers mounted a 6-0 lead with two quick goals in the first 1:34 of the period.

The Bombers outshot Nordonia 51-2 for the game and an unprecedented 31-0 during the first period, in which the team gained a 4-0 lead. As a matter of fact, the Nordonia team didn’t get its first shot on goal until there were 8:38 left in the second period.

Bennett Wenger led the Bombers with three goals and an assist. Mitch Pozwick garnered four assists, unselfishly passing the puck to his line mates, who did a good job burying the puck in the back of the net.

Kyle Silk had two goals. Cole Lombardi, Tim Matty, Louie Sugarman, Austin Krul, John Barto and Jack Haynes also scored for the Bombers.

Matty’s goal was the first of his high school career.

Arguably, the most beautiful play of the game occurred on a play initiated by the Bombers’ goaltender, Jason Hildenbran, who earned an assist on the play. Hildenbran made a great pass to a wide-open Liam Griffin, who penetrated the Nordonia defensive zone on a two-on-one with line mate Austin Krul. Griffin waited for just the precise moment to slide the puck to Krul, who buried it in the net.

Hildenbran only faced two shots all game.

“You know, I only remember making one save,” he said. “Our defense did a great job.”

Said Lombardi, “l received an excellent pass from Austin Krul, spun around and buried the puck going top shelf to beat the goaltender on the stick side. I recall Liam Griffin passing the puck to Austin, who one-timed the puck directly to me.”

Kenston will take on arch-rival and fellow Red North opponent Hudson Feb. 21 in a game played after deadline. The winner will presumably play perennial state tournament opponent University School.

Hudson beat the Bombers handily when the teams last play at The Pond Jan. 21. Hudson holds a 2-1 lead in games played against Kenston this year. The Bombers will be looking to even things up and earn the right to move on and play a third round game on Feb. 23.

Kenston ‘s head coach, Eric Horschler, called a practice Sunday evening following Saturday’s game to do some film work, prepare a game plan and hold an on-ice skate to succeed against a very talented Hudson team.

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