Staff report

The Hudson ice hockey team dropped its fifth consecutive game after losing a 4-2 decision to Red North East rival Walsh Jesuit Jan. 25 at Kent State University Ice Arena.

With the loss, the Explorers fell to 13-11-2 and 5-2-1 in the Red North East Division. The Warriors have beaten Hudson twice since the Explorers posted a 1-0 victory over Walsh Jan. 12.

Walsh, which earned a 9-1 victory over Red North East foe Mentor Jan. 26, is 7-1-1 in the division.

"Walsh is pretty much in control," Hudson first-year head coach Bobby Lyle said. "We'll have to see how things unfold. We have to control our own destiny to get back on track."

The Warriors opened the scoring with a penalty shot with three minutes left in the first period. Kevin Slane tied the game in the second period on assists from Mikey Gaffney and Cole Mackay.

Walsh scored three unanswered goals to take control. Jack Verser scored the Explorers' final goal as time expired in the third period. Bo Lori and Harry Harr each had an assist on Verser's goal. Hudson goaltender Grayson Kotseos made 34 saves in the nets.

"Walsh is one of the better teams in the state," Lyle said. "They have a lot of different goal scorers. They capitalized on every one of our mistakes."

While it's easy to think the Explorers are in a bit of funk, Lyle knows his team has faced its share of juggernauts in recent weeks.

"All of our losses with the exception of four teams have been to the top 10 teams in the state," he said. "It's not fun to lose, but we're getting to see a lot of good competition right before districts and the Baron Cup."

Hudson was scheduled to host Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Jan. 29 at Kent State. Results were not available at press time.

The Explorers are set to conclude regular-season play this weekend.

Hudson is scheduled to play Red North East foe Mentor Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. and Red North East rival Parma Heights Holy Name Feb. 2 at 5:45 p.m. Both contests are set to take place at Kent State.


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