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Those attending Kent Roosevelt Ice Hockey team's first two games of this season are becoming very familiar with the name Kyle Manning.
After all, the senior captain has netted a total of seven goals in those games, including a hat trick in the opening game of the Adam Hamilton Memorial Tournament at Kent State University Ice Arena against Chagrin Falls Thursday night.
Add two goals by sophomore Gabe Smith, the first of which Roosevelt coach Ben Barlow described as a "highlight" goal, and a late third-period tally by junior Scott Rainey for the Rough Riders, and the result was a 6-1 victory for the Riders.
"We got off to a good start in the first period on a Kyle Manning play," said Barlow. "He created his own offense and got us on the board like a good leader does."
Seven minutes later it was followed up by what Barlow described as "an absolute gem of a goal, a nice little backhand by Smith that sent energy through our bench and coaching staff." Junior Dontae Montemayor assisted on the goal.
Roosevelt goalie Nate Grootegoed played in a manner that Barlow described as "aggressive" in the first period.
"He was making plays like a third defenseman and could help facilitate some nice break out plays for us," said Barlow.
Grootegoed finished with 17 saves in the game.
The Manning and Smith scoring combination continued into the second period as Smith tallied his second goal of the evening at the 9:46 mark. Montemayor accumulated his second assist of the night on the effort and Rainey was also credited with an assist.
Manning, with assists from junior Okko Boger and sophomore Mike Kenney, scored two goals in a four minute span of the second stanza. Boger assisted on both scores.
Chagrin's only goal of the night was a third period effort by sophomore Tristen (TJ) Subel.
Rainey closed out the evening's scoring with less than a minute of play in the game. Smith and goalie Jared Fischer assisted on the game's final goal.
In what can be described as a physical game, Barlow commented that his team played hard and was "proud of the way our kids handled themselves."
"We played emotionally under control and didn't veer from what we were trying to do," concluded Barlow.
BLUE LINE NOTES
- This is the first year of the Adam Hamilton Memorial Tournament, named in honor of the 2007 Roosevelt graduate who was killed while serving in Afghanistan in May of 2011. Hamilton's parents, Scott and Connie Hamilton and Nancy Kresten, were in attendance Thursday night.
- The Riders will be in action tonight against Solon at 8 p.m.
- Manning and Smith have each been awarded the coveted "Teddy Roosevelt Hat" after the victories this season. The hat is awarded to a Roosevelt player who exhibits leadership and the core traits of the school's namesake through the game.