By Jim Smith | Special to the R-c
Playing in their second consecutive overtime game, Kent Roosevelt's Rough Riders ice hockey team dropped a 3-2 decision to the Mentor Cardinals on Saturday in their third game of the Adam S. Hamilton Memorial Tournament.
"We weren't really able to do what we wanted to do tonight," Kent Roosevelt head coach Ben Barlow said. "We did not play our best hockey."
The loss was the Rough Riders' first of the season, but did not negate the chance to play in today's championship game in the memorial tournament. The game, which will be played at the Kent State University Ice Arena, will be played at noon in a rematch against Mentor.
Although the Rough Riders were outshot in the first period on Saturday, 14-6, they were able to obtain a 1-0 lead on a goal by sophomore Gabe Smith, with the assist coming from senior Kyle Manning with just 45 seconds remaining in the period.
Mentor retaliated in the second period scoring two goals within a matter of 43 seconds.
The Cardinals' first goal was scored by junior Matt Madison and was assisted by senior Jimmy Wallette.
Soon thereafter, Wallette netted a short-handed goal that gave Mentor a 2-1 lead.
For the second consecutive game, Roosevelt's Okko Boger tallied a third-period goal that would send the game into overtime.
Boger's successful effort was the result of a Roosevelt power play at 7:02, with freshman Lyndon Rainey assisting on the game-tying goal.
Later in the third period, with Roosevelt's goalie Nate Grootegoed playing away from the net, Boger made a crowd-igniting diving save on a Mentor shot preserving the 2-2 tie at the end of regulation.
"We played a nice third period. I am pretty proud of that effort" said Barlow.
During the extra period of play, Mentor's Wallette earned his third point of the evening (2 goals 1 assist), scoring the sudden death game-winner at the 6:46 mark of overtime.
"Give Mentor credit. They worked really hard from the drop of the puck. They made some plays that we didn't. They handled the puck better than we did," said Barlow.
For the game, Mentor outshot Kent Roosevelt 45-13.
"They took away our time and space. We really weren't able to set up offensively," Barlow said.
BLUE LINE NOTES
• Mentor defeated Solon 8-3 in the tournament on Saturday morning.
• Solon defeated Chagrin Falls 5-4 in the night cap on Saturday night
• Solon and Chagrin Falls play in the consolation game at 10 a.m. today.