"We played much better than we have been playing," said Kent ice hockey coach Bernie Hovey. "Shaker Heights is definitely a strong contender to win the state championship, so we must have played well."
After falling behind 3-0 in the first period, Kent Roosevelt's struggling offense came alive in the second with three goals of its own.
Brad Kovolyan had a hand in all three Rough-Riders goals, scoring the first, 1:03 into the period, then later assisting on scores by Richie Wiland and Bobby Petry.
Wiland and Petry each scored again in the third period, with the later tying the game, 5-5, with 3:28 left in the game.
Kent Roosevelt (5-5-1) will play the winner of last night's Mentor-Rocky River game in today's second round.