By Jim Smith | Special to the Record-Courier
An overtime goal scored by senior captain Kyle Manning proved the difference in a 4-3 victory for the Kent Roosevelt hockey team over host North Canton Hoover late Saturday night at Center Ice Sports Complex.
In a back-and-forth game that required the Rough Riders to respond to a Hoover Viking goal in each of the first three periods, Roosevelt coach Ben Barlow liked his team's quick offensive response to each of North Canton's goals.
"Every time they scored, we scored immediately," he said. "Something I like about our team a lot is that we don't panic. When they score, we know we can pop it in the net. I was really pleased how we bounced back."
The Vikings' Brad Harcourt opened the game's scoring at 4:51 in the first period with assists from Mike Magana and Kyle Policicchio.
Less than 30 seconds later, Kent Roosevelt tied the game on an Okko Boger goal after assists from Lyndon Rainey and Christian Strahan.
In what would be the recurring theme of the night, Hoover struck first in the second period on a goal by Zach Lawson, assisted by Harcourt.
With two-tenths of a second remaining in the middle period of regulation, Roosevelt's Boger netted his second goal of the game, tying the score at 2-2. Junior Scott Rainey assisted on Boger's score.
Once again the Vikings scored the initial goal in a period when senior John Desrosiers earned an unassisted goal at 9:11 of the third period.
Manning retaliated for the Rough Riders, scoring the first of his two goals in the game on a power-play opportunity at 3:47 in the third period, tying the game at 3-3 and sending the game into overtime. Scott Rainey earned his second assist of the contest on the extra-man goal.
In overtime, the Rough Riders scored the game-winning goal when Manning broke free at the offensive-zone blue line and placed the puck over the shoulders of Hoover goaltender Kirk Greenho.