The Hudson ice hockey team concluded play at Walsh Jesuit's Warrior Shootout with a 2-1 loss to Sylvania Northview Dec. 29 at Kent State University Ice Arena.
Bo Lori scored a short-handed goal for the Explorers (8-7-2). Both teams finished with 20 shots on goal. Hudson goaltender Austin Ganley made 18 saves.
"We played well defensively, but we were unable to convert on our scoring opportunities, especially on the power play," Explorers head coach Bobby Lyle said.
Hudson earned a dramatic 4-3 victory over Dublin Jerome Dec. 28.
Trailing 3-2, the Explorers got two goals within 49 seconds to take the lead. Zach Thibault tied the game with 3:02 left and freshman Chandler Kostseos scored the go-ahead goal with 2:13 left.
"Zach is a good two-way player that we can move to forward when we need him to," Lyle said. "He was able to put the puck in the net when we really needed it. Chandler moves his feet well and doesn't play like a freshman."
Thibault also scored in the second period. Lori added a goal and an assist for Hudson and Matt Murphy and Brendan Nenni each had one assist for the Explorers.
Ganley made 29 saves and Hudson outshot the Celtics 36-32.
The Explorers also lost a 2-0 decision to Columbus St. Charles earlier in the day. Ganley finished with 28 saves as St. Charles outshot Hudson 30-14.
"St. Charles is a very good team," Lyle said. "All the teams we played are ranked in the top 15 in the state. I thought we played really well. St. Charles took advantage of two mistakes, but it was a huge improvement from [Dec. 27]."
Lyle was referring to his team's debut in the Warrior Shootout. Let's just say it didn't go too well for the Explorers.
Hudson lost a convincing 6-1 decision to Walsh Jesuit Dec. 27.
Walsh (6-8-1) scored goals 61 seconds apart in the first period to take a 2-0 lead.
Mitch Hines got the Warriors on the board with 6:04 remaining in the first period and then Jack Huscroft made it 2-0 with 5:03 left.
The Explorers cut their deficit to 2-1 when Anthony Giaimo found the net a little more than two minutes into the second period. Mikey Gaffney and Brent Zubal were credited with the assists on Giaimo's goal.
Hudson never got closer.
Walsh got goals Jake Atkinson, Huscroft, Hines and Chris Gaul to take command.
Todd Lambert had three assists for Walsh and Huscroft, Colin Lippincott, Hudson resident Jimmy Fladung, Atkinson, Matt Mueller and Kevin Van Bokkelen each had one assist for the Warriors.
Walsh goaltender Jamie Studer made 20 saves and Ganley and backup Explorers' goaltender Stroud Corr made 23 and three stops, respectively.
Hudson is scheduled to host Red North rival Rocky River Jan. 3 at Kent State Ice Arena. Game time is set for 6:50 p.m.