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"We played much better than we have been

Published: December 27, 1997 12:00 AM

"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.

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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.

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