• Dr. Herpy

Kenston skaters advance in state playoffs

Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
February 25, 2016
Tony Lange

After trailing, 2-1, early in the second period, the Kenston hockey team went on a four-goal spree to oust Gilmour Academy in the second round of district playoff action on Sunday at Kent State.

The ice Bombers were seeded seventh, while the Lancers were seeded sixth entering the 22-team district tournament.

A four-on-four goal by Kenston senior defenseman Ryan Herpy with assists from junior Lou Sugarman and freshman Bennett Wenger lit the lamp for the 2-2 equalizer with nine minutes to play in the second frame, and then it was all Bombers on the road to a 5-2 victory.

Less than two minutes after the equalizer, Kenston junior defenseman Von Houk scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with assists from sophomore Ashton Taylor and junior Jack Zalinsky for the 3-2 upper hand at the second intermission.

Still a one-score game with three minutes remaining in the third, sophomore John Barto found the back of the net on assists from Zalinsky and Sugarman. And then Wenger finished things off with 2:24 to play with apples from Houk and sophomore Tyler Holub for the 5-2 final.

With five different goal scorers in the contest, Kenston senior forward Jonathan Wiegand scored a 1-1 equalizer in the first period off an assist from Herpy.

In defeat, Gilmour Academy ended its campaign at 3-27-2.

With the win, No. 7 Kenston improved to 18-12-1 and will play No. 3 Shaker Heights in the district quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The winner play either No. 2 Walsh Jesuit or No. 11 Kent Roosevelt in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. March 1.

Kenston’s victory against Gilmour marks the first time in program history that the ice Bombers defeated one of the eight Great Lakes Hockey League programs in the playoffs, and it improved Kenston’s record to 4-0 against GLHL teams this season, after disposing of Padua, Holy Name and Walsh Jesuit in the Cleveland Jesuit Classic in January.

After an early exit in the Baron Cup I tournament with a 5-1 loss to Wester Reserve Academy on Feb. 10, the Bombers first got their feet back under them by opening the playoffs with a 4-1 victory against Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin on Feb. 21.

But if the Bombers want to defeat Shaker Heights on Saturday, it appears they’ll have to do more than just get their feet under them after losing to the Red Raiders twice, 3-0 and 4-2, in the regular season.

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