Published in The News-Herald
January 14, 2019
In an era during which more players are choosing the exit ramp away from high school hockey, Val Carriero instead saw a route he wanted to pursue.
He’s been in the fast lane since – and by extension, so has Kenston.
The standout junior forward is in the midst of another prolific campaign with 44 goals and 29 assists for 73 points, far and away the leading scorer in The News-Herald coverage area.
On Jan. 6, Carriero unleashed a snappy wrister from the top of his zone, a highlight-reel goal for a 2-1 overtime victory over Strongsville at The Pond.
A two-goal evening, including the game-winner, is obviously integral to a cause. But it may have been the sequence preceding the goal that was another example as to why Carriero has endeared himself to his teammates and to Coach Tom Fritsche over the last two seasons.
Earlier in the OT, Carriero was battling for a puck along the boards in his offensive zone when he was checked from behind. He got up slowly, motioning that he had some discomfort in the back of his neck, although no penalty was called.
Moments later, Carriero was dealing out the best kind of retort as far as the Bombers were concerned, giving the visiting Mustangs a long bus ride home late on a Sunday night.
“He’s been playing with a pulled groin and was sick for this weekend,” Fritsche said after that win. “So he’s just battling through it.
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