By Anthony Alandt
CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO – The Kenston Bombers hockey team defeated Orange High School Friday evening in an 11-1 mercy rule.
Kenston played this added game in order to help boost their overall record and they succeeded with ease. The Bombers now move to an impressive 22-6 on the season and win their 15th non-league game of the 2018-2019 campaign.
The Orange Lions, a team struggling on the season, fall to a 10-13 record. This is the Lion’s sixth straight loss on the year, and the team last saw a win on the ice against Chagrin Falls on January 4th.
Kenston started off the game quick out of the gate and from the puck drop were in possession of the puck for the majority of the game.
Valentino Carriero started off the Bombers with a goal just 2:52 into the game. Carrierro would end the night with four goals, adding to his incredible team-leading total.
Less than a minute after Carriero found the net, Senior Jack Haynes slipped one past the Lion’s goalie to put the Bombers up 2-0.
Orange sophomore goalie Danny Moore had shots rain down on him the entire night and he tried to stand as strong as possible despite the beratement of pucks he had to fend off. However, Kenston kept chipping away at Moore who ended up allowing the 11 goals.
Another goal by Carriero, his second of the night, and Bennett Wenger’s first goal helped give Kenston a 4-0 lead as the teams went into the locker rooms for the first intermission.
Orange didn’t find any help in the second period, and quickly went down 5-0 within the first minute of the second period. Freshman Reece Weber found the back of the net for the first time in his high school career.
The Lion’s sole score of the night came with 4:34 left in the second period by Orange sophomore Jason Kornbluth.
Carriero slipped his third puck past the goalie to put Kenston up 6-0, That goal was quickly followed up by Wenger’s second goal of the evening, Senior Kyle Silk’s first goal, and a fourth goal by Carriero.
The Bombers entered the final period of the night with a 9-1 lead.
Silk racked up two more goals in the third period, the second of which ended the game as they reached the mercy rule set by G.C.H.S.H.L rules.
Orange will now move on to play Western Reserve Saturday as they attempt to avenge their prior loss to W.R.A. last Wednesday.
The Bombers will move on back to a string of crucial conference games that will determine whether or not they will be raising a banner at the end of the season.
Kenston will play Mentor, Solon, and North Olmsted, and need to win at least two of those three to be able to raise the banner.