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Baron Cup 2019: Hudson Explorers Too Much for Cleveland Heights, Explorers will face Cardinals in Baron Cup I Semi-Final Saturday

The final game of Day Three of Baron Cup action featured the Hudson Explorers against the Cleveland Heights Tigers. Cleveland Heights came in seeded four for the Baron Cup I bracket, and the Explorers were seeded fifth. The Tigers came in with a record of 14-11-3 and the Explorers came in with a record of 14-12-2. Both teams have a victory in their seasonal matchups, the Tigers winning 3-1 on November 30, and the Explorers winning 3-2 on February 3.

After the first period, things remained scoreless but nonetheless, both the Explorers and the Tigers were aggressive and physical but had nothing to show for it on each side. The Explorers had 13 shots on goal and the Tigers had 5.

In the second period, the Explorers got on the board first when Brady Ludewig scored with 9:55 remaining and was assisted by Blake Lori. Hudson scored again with 4:50 left in the second scored by Alec Dickens and was assisted by Cameron Slifko. The physicality was amped up compared to the opening period with plenty more checks and hits by both competitors. Hudson kept attacking in the second quarter which is mainly the reason they were successful with their two goals due to 15 shots on goal opposed to 4 for the Tigers.

In the third period, Hudson added their third goal of the evening with 6:30 in the closing period when Matt Hannon scored and was assisted by Luke Karnofel. Hudson added a power-play goal with 2:39 with a goal from Ludewig and Karnofel.

William Hannon came away with a shutout for Hudson and had 12 saves.

With the Explorers victory, they will go on to face the Mentor Cardinals on Saturday in a semi-final showdown at 5:30 pm at John M Coyne Recreation Center.

Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.

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