They had lost three of four games to them prior to the postseason.

None of that matters now to the Explorers.

The Hudson ice hockey team earned a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Shaker Heights Red Raiders in the second round of the Kent Division I district tournament.

The game took place Feb. 15 at Kent State University Ice Arena.

With the win, the sixth-seeded Explorers earned a date with fourth-seeded Gates Mills Gilmour Academy in the third round.

Gilmour advanced with a 10-0 win over Nordonia. The Hudson-Gilmour game is scheduled to take place Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.

Bo Lori scored all four goals for the Explorers (17-13-3) and Hudson killed all but one of Shaker's several power-play opportunities.

The fifth-seeded Red Raiders, the defending state champions, finished the season 15-15-2.

Lori scored the go-ahead goal with 3 minutes, 42 seconds left in the second period and made it 4-2 with another goal nearly three minutes later.

Ryan LaMonica made it 4-3 with 2:08 left in the game and the Explorers avoided overtime despite a six-on-four advantage by Shaker in the final 32 seconds.

Chandler Kotseos had two assists and Pat Jones and Zach Thibault each had one assist.

Arman Gerami and Dan Ritts also scored for the Red Raiders. Gerami added an assist and Nathan Christman had an assist for Shaker, which outshot Hudson 25-21.

Explorers goaltender Austin Ganley finished with 22 saves and Red Raiders goalie Sam Attias stopped 17 shots.

For more, see the Feb. 19 edition of the Hudson Hub-Times.