Hudson ice hockey team finishes 1-2-1 at Walsh Christmas Tournament

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The Hudson ice hockey team finished 1-2-1 after earning a 3-3 tie with Toledo St. Francis DeSales in the Walsh Jesuit Christmas Tournament, which concluded Dec. 30 at Kent State University Ice Arena.

The game was tied at 1-1 after one period and the Explorers (10-6-1) had 2-1 and 3-2 leads in the third period.

Bo Lori scored twice for Hudson and Luke McLean also found the net once. Connor Ganley and John Calabro each had one assist and Explorers' goaltender Auston Ganley made 31 saves in the nets.

"I think we had some dead legs," Hudson first-year head coach Bobby Lyle said. "Freshman Auston Ganley was making only his second start and he had a great game. Our offense gave us a spark. We just need our defense to pick us up."

The Explorers finished with nine points for the tournament. Columbus St. Charles had 17 points to win the tournament. Sylvania Northview, the defending Division I state champion and is ranked No. 3 in the state, finished with 16 points and Shaker Heights had 10 points.

Hudson posted a 4-1 victory over Dublin Jerome Dec. 29.

Connor Ganley had two goals and Jack Braun and Lori each had one goal. Lori also had an assist. Calabro, Zach Thibault and Matt Murphy each had one assist. Kotseos finished with 47 saves.

"Once again, Grayson was phenomenal," Lyle said.

The Explorers also lost a 4-0 decision to St. Charles Dec. 29. Kotseos made 32 saves.

Hudson lost a 5-2 decision to Sylvania Northview despite having a 2-1 lead at one point.

Thibault had one goal and one assist and Murphy had one goal for the Explorers. Braun also had an assist and Kotseos made 44 saves.

Hudson is scheduled to host Red North East Division rival Rocky River Jan. 4 at Kent State. Game time is set for 8 p.m. The Pirates won the first three contests against the Explorers.

"Right now, they're [the Pirates] on top of the division," Lyle said. "Our goal is to win the division. They've won three so far, so it's time for us to get one."

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