The Rough Riders outshot the Explorers 10-1. They

By David Carducci Record-Courier staff writer Published:

The Rough Riders outshot the Explorers 10-1.

They dominated play. They were more physical. They outskated the Explorers.

Yet after the first 15 minutes, the only goal on the scoreboard had been scored by Hudson on a shot by center Kenny Davis, the Explorers' lone shot of the period, just 39 seconds after the opening face off.

Despite the one-goal deficit, Roosevelt coach Bernie Hovey sat in the Rough Riders' locker room during the first intermission, confident his team would come to life.

"I told the coaches that we were going to come out in the second period and score five or six goals," said Hovey.

Roosevelt lived up to the coach's expectations, scoring five times in the second period to set off an offensive explosion of nine consecutive goals that carried the Rough Riders to a 9-3 victory.

"I think we may have been a little too keyed up at the beginning of the game," said Hovey, whose team improved to 4-0 on the season. "I know they knew they hadn't performed the way they were capable. ... We are not good enough to win solely on intensity."

Senior winger Bobby Petry led the way for the Rough Riders in the final two periods, scoring a rare double hat trick with three goals in both the second and third periods.

The six-goal performance gave Petry 10 on the season.

Petry, who assisted on linemate Richie Wiland's goal to give the Rough Riders the lead for good at 2-1 with 9:08 left in the second period, has scored 17 points in the season's first four games.

Leading the way in a victory over Hudson offered some payback for a disappointing loss at the hands of the Explorers during Petry's junior season.

"There were some people from Hudson who said after that loss last year that Petry was a disgrace to the league," said Hovey. "But I'll take Petry every day. He is an outstanding young man and an outstanding hockey player."

Petry teamed with the Rough Riders' senior first line of Wiland (2 goals, 3 assists) and Pat Clegg (3 assists) that had a hand in all nine Rough Rider goals.

The Roosevelt defense and special teams were equally outstanding.

Scoring opportunities were rare for the Explorers, who were outshot 36-7 in the game.

The Rough Riders special teams actually turned Hudson power plays into Roosevelt's advantage as Petry and Clegg each scored short-handed goals 29 seconds apart in the second period.

Roosevelt killed off six consecutive power plays before Jeff Sitzel of Hudson scored with 2:21 left in the game and the Explorers holding a man advantage.

"We started working hard on our penalty killing last season," said Hovey. "The kids have bought into the (aggressive fore-checking) system, and when they do it right, they wreak a lot of havoc. In four games, we've allowed one power-play goal and we've scored four short-handed (goals).

"This is certainly our best start in a long time. So far we have had great chemistry, but it's still early. We'll get our first real test Saturday when we play our first league game against Trinity."

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