Aurora High icers take 1-19 record into tourney against Hudson

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- This week begins the high school district hockey tournament, and the Greenmen enter play with a 1-19 record. They will face Hudson tonight (Feb. 12) at 6 at the KSU Ice Arena.

The locals lost to Canfield in overtime and Notre Dame Cathedral Latin last week.

Against Canfield, AHS jumped to a lead as defenseman Oliver Ketonen got a first period goal on an assist from Nick Capretta. In the second period, Capretta scored, assisted by Ketonen and Brandt Vermillion, to put AHS up 2-0.

Canfield fought back, closing the gap to one midway through the middle period and then knotting it up with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third. The remainder of the period was scoreless and the teams played into an eight minute sudden death period.

Two and a half minutes into the extra session, Canfield punched in the game winner, making it the second time this season that the Greenmen fell in overtime.

"I thought we played well through most of the game," said coach John Sheridan. "We gave a good effort and got good goaltending. We have to stay out of the penalty box and we just couldn't get the big goal at the end."

Gaolie Matt Taft stopped 20 shots for AHS, which fired 18 at the Canfield cage.

AHS couldn't match the intensity Feb. 9 against NDCL. Goalie Kevin Hutchinson made his second start of the season and didn't get much support, as the team trailed by 5 goals halfway through.

Brandt Vermilion's goal off a goal mouth scramble avoided a shutout. An assist came from Capretta, as NDCL cruised 7-1.

AHS outshot the Lions 43-40, but many of the shots were from long range, with few really good scoring chances.

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