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It took two weeks longer than they wanted, but the Explorers now have their school record.
The fourth-seeded Hudson ice hockey team advanced to the third round of the Kent district tournament after posting a lopsided 9-0 victory over 13th-seeded Pepper Pike Orange Feb. 18 at Kent State University.
With the win, the Explorers earned a date with Bainbridge Township Kenston in the third round. The Bombers advanced with a commanding 11-0 win over Nordonia.
Hudson is set to play Kenston Feb. 21 at Kent State. Play is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. The Explorers won two of three against the Bombers, including an 8-1 victory Jan. 22, during the regular season.
Against the Lions, Hudson earned its school-record 23rd win of the season. The previous record of 22 victories was set in 2000.
Win No. 23 was never in doubt.
The Explorers scored four times in the first period and had a six-goal advantage when senior forward Chandler Kotseos scored his second goal of the game with 2 minutes, 42 seconds left in the second period. At that point, the running-clock rule was in effect since Hudson had a six-goal lead.
The Explorers outshot Orange (11-11) 40-23. Kotseos finished with three goals and two assists and senior forward Max Cole had two goals and two assists for Hudson.
Sophomore defenseman Blake Lori and junior forward Colin Dickens each contributed one goal and one assist and sophomore defenseman Brady Ludewig and sophomore forward Joe Collins each had one goal.
Sophomore forward Jacob Gray and freshman forward Luke Karnofel each had one assist for the Explorers.
Hudson senior goaltender Stroud Corr got the shutout in the cage. he finished with 23 saves. Lions' junior goaltender Max Rekhson made 31 stops.