By Jim Smith | Special to the Record-Courier
On Wednesday night, the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders ice hockey team concluded a day of "seconds."
They were playing in their second game of the CVCA Christmas Tournament and playing in their second contest in a single day.
Unfortunately for the Rough Riders, it also proved to be their second consecutive loss in the tournament as they were defeated by the North Canton Hoover Vikings 5-2 at the Kent State University Ice Arena.
Although the Rough Riders executed more shots on goal (27-22) than the Vikings, only two of those shots successfully eluded North Canton goaltender Korey Davis.
"We had our opportunities ... we spent a lot of time in our offensive zone, we didn't create our own luck, a lot of single shots from tough angles," said Roosevelt coach Ben Barlow. "Later in the game we started to generate more second- and third-chance opportunities but it was too little, too late."
Roosevelt's two goals in the game were scored by junior alternate captain Scott Rainey and sophomore Gabe Smith.
Rainey's effort was in the first period and Smith produced a short-handed goal during a Rough Rider penalty kill in the third period.
In the time frame between the two Kent goals, the Vikings notched five goals of their own.
Five different players accounted for Hoover's goals as Mike Magana, Dylan Oney, Nathan Murphy, Spencer Mackert and Brad Harcourt each scored a goal.
"Early on, North Canton got pucks to the net and they were in the right spot at the right time. They deserved a win," said Barlow.
With two games remaining in the tournament for the Rough Riders, Barlow remains positive about his team's attitude and effort.
"You go through peaks and valleys (in a season) and we're definitely in one of those valleys right now," he said. "But we'll keep working our way out of it. The atmosphere is good and the kids are staying positive. They know they competed tonight."