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Bombers tame Tigers as standout freshman scores 4 goals

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On a chilly January night in Ohio, Geauga County hockey fans were treated to exciting Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL) action as the Kenston Bombers took on the Chagrin Falls Tigers at The Pond .

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On a chilly January night in Ohio, Geauga County hockey fans were treated to exciting Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL) action as the Kenston Bombers took on the Chagrin Falls Tigers at The Pond .

Kenston freshman Gavin Rowell had an unforgettable game. With a hat trick early in the third period, Rowell’s goals propelled the Bombers to a 6-3 victory over the Tigers.

Rowell added his fourth goal of the night in the last minute of the game to complete Kenston’s score.

He described his excellent offensive performance against the Tigers.

I kept putting the puck on the net,” Rowell said. “It just kept coming in – I really don’t know how.

I was a bit lucky at times, but I’m pretty happy with it.

Rowell also commented on the incredible support he and his teammates have received from Kenston fans.

It’s nice to see everyone hanging out,” Rowell said. “That’s pretty cool. I’m a freshman, so I’m kind of new to (seeing) all these people. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve experienced in my life.

Kenston head hockey coach Tom Moores commented on Rowell’s excellent performance.

Gavin has been a big contributor to us; the whole line a,” Moores said. “At the end of the day, they were involved in 90% of our goals this year.”

In Moores’ post-game analysis, he mentioned that due to the rivalry and the intensity of the game, his players were nervous at the start. However, as the game progressed, the Bombers’ energy and intensity increased to an optimal level.

It was the annual 422 battle between Sorrow and Kenston,” he said. “It was marked on our calendar since the beginning of the season. It’s quite an emotional game; a lot of players know each other, the coaches know each other. So there’s a lot of friendship involved, and it’s a tough game to play.

I just try to get them to focus on what they have to do on the ice and block (things) as best you can. I found that after the first shifts everyone was quite nervous, which is quite common. But as the game progressed, we settled in. I thought we played a strong, positional game as the game progressed.

The Tigers were led by Aidan Cabac, Andrew Kirkpatrick and Henry Westendorf, who each scored a goal on the night.

It was a hockey-filled weekend for the Bombers. After the night game on January 14, the Bombers returned to the pond the next morning and beat Nordonia 9–1. This was followed by a night game a few hours later where the Bombers beat North Olmsted 7-2. The team finished the weekend of January 16-17 with games against St. Edwards and Parma.

The Bombers return to The Pond on January 22 for a game against Western Reserve Academy. The pre-match ceremonies will honor and celebrate the life of Wolf Kyle Weninger, whose No. 4 jersey will be retired.

Weninger, a member of the U.S. Marines’ elite MARSOC Raiders special operations team, tragically died on June 16, 2020, during a training exercise while preparing for deployment. He led the 2009-10 Kenston Bombers hockey team to a 31-3 record as MVP and team captain. Throughout his hockey career, Weninger earned four college letters and amassed 200 points.