Hudson first-year head ice hockey coach Bobby Lyle had mixed emotions after the Walsh Jesuit Tournament, which concluded Jan. 20 at Kent State University Ice Arena.
His players should have a little bit more of an edge to them since they played four teams ranked in the top 10 in the state.
Unfortunately for Lyle, his Explorers went 0-4 in the tournament.
Hudson concluded its tournament play with a 3-0 loss to third-ranked Sylvania Northview Jan. 20. Explorers goaltender had 45 saves and gave up two of those goals.
Northview's last goal was an empty-netter late in the game.
"Grayson played great," Lyle said. "We didn't play terrible.
"We played OK, but we couldn't capitalize on the few chances we got. We also had issues with penalties. We couldn't stay out of the box."
Hudson (13-10-2) lost a 5-0 decision to Walsh Jesuit and then dropped a 4-0 decision to traditonal popwer Shaker Heights Jan. 19.
Walsh and Shaker are ranked sixth and fourth in the state, respectively.
Explorers' goaltender Austin Ganley made 23 saves in the nets against Walsh. Kotseos made 39 saves against Shaker, which scored the last thee goals in the final 4 minutes, 57 seconds of the game.
"Shaker is a good team and we're a little young," Lyle said. "We played our grinding style of game for the most part. The second goal they got was a nice shot and it kind of deflated our momentum."
Hudson, which lost a 3-2 decision to eighth-ranked Gates Mills Gilmour Academy in its tournament debut Jan. 17, earned a 1-0 win over Walsh Jan. 12 at Kent State.
Unfortunately for the Exporers, Walsh got its revenge in a big way.
"We came out a little flat [against Walsh]," Lyle said. "Walsh was a little more motivated after we beat them the last time we played them. Austin played really well.
"We're taking our lumps, but these types of games gave us a chance to see better competition."
The Explorers are scheduled to see Walsh for the third time in 18 days.
The two Red North East Division rivals are set to play Jan. 25 at Kent State.
Face-off is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.
Hudson leads the division with a 5-1-1 record and Walsh was second with a 4-1-1 mark.