Hudson ice hockey team routs Aurora in postseason opener

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by Frank Aceto

Associate Sports Editor

Kent -- They haven't had much luck against them in the last two years.

But the Explorers had a chance for revenge against one of their main rivals, the defending Division I state champion Shaker Heights Raiders.

"The best way to pay them back is to end their season," Hudson second-year head ice hockey coach Bobby Lyle said.

The sixth-seeded Explorers got a fifth crack at Shaker, thanks to a lopsided 10-0 victory over Aurora.

The contest was an opening-round game of the Kent Division I district tournament Feb. 12 at Kent State University.

With the win, Hudson (16-13-3) earned a date with the fifth-seeded Raiders, who had won three of four meetings against the Explorers this season, including a 4-3 overtime victory in the Baron Cup I semifinals the previous week.

The contest was scheduled to take place Feb. 15 at Kent State. Results were not available at press time.

The winner earns a date with the Gates Mill Gilmour-Academy-Nordonia winner Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.

"Unfortunately, we made a few crucial mistakes against them [the Raiders] the last time," Lyle said. "It was a battle between two evenly matched teams."

Hudson made quick work of the Greenmen, who finished the season 1-19.

"We just finished our hockey 101 season," Aurora head coach John Sheridan said. "We knew we were a major underdog. We battled them.

"Our goal was to get some respect and I thought we did that. They [the Explorers] know we're young and don't have a lot of experience. Hudson is a very classy team."

It didn't take long for the Explorers to establish their dominance.

Just 31 seconds into the game, Hudson got on the board when star forward Bo Lori found the net.

It only got worse for Aurora.

The Explorers added three more goals the rest of the period and pretty much kept the puck on the Greenmen's end throughout the game. Hudson outshot Aurora 58-6.

Lori and Brent Zubal each had three goals and two assists to lead the Explorers.

Lori's five points gave him a career total of 195, which is a school record.

The previous record of 194 was owned by 2005 graduate Chris Hourigan.

"It's obviously a pretty big deal," Lyle said. "Bo works his [tail] off, so it's good to see his hard work is paying off."

Max Cole also had a goal and two assists and Brendan Nenni had one goal and one assist.

Connor Kasarda and Bret Lindemann scored once apiece for the Explorers and Matt Murphy and Mikey Gaffney each had two assists.

Harry Harr and Jacob Movshin each had one assist for Hudson.

Explorers head coach Bobby Lyle decided to give the night off to defenseman Zach Thibault, forwards Chandler Kotseos and Chris Warfield and goaltender Austin Ganley.

Aurora goaltender Kevin Hutchinson finished with 48 saves, while Explorers' goalie Stroud Corr made six stops.

While it was one-way traffic for much of the evening, the Greenmen forced a couple of turnovers that led to breakaway opportunities.

But Corr and the Hudson defense had an answer both times to preserve the shutout.

The game was called with 1 minute, 46 seconds left after Lindemann scored the final goal due to the mercy rule.

"You can never be unhappy with a 10-0 win," Lyle said. "There are a few things we can clean up such as making good decisions with the puck and making good passes.

"But it was a good opportunity to get some guys playing time. They've showed up every day just like our starters have and they've worked hard."

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