The Bomber hockey team conquered the weather on Friday and made the trek north to Toledo for the Mark Rasmus Invitational, hosted by Toledo St. Johns. The Bombers first opponent was supposed to be Upper Arlington out of Columbus, but this was not the case. Due to the school not allowing the team to travel, as well as the University School team not being allowed to travel, the Bombers faced the number five team in the state, Dublin Jerome. The Bombers came out strong, but it was Jerome who stuck first in the final minute of the first period. The Bombers came out even stronger after the first intermission, but once again it was Jerome scoring in the final minute of the period. The Bombers were then able to break the goose egg in the third period, as sophomore Noah Reidy went around the Jerome defenseman and put the puck in the back of the net. The Bombers then gave Jerome a taste of their own medicine, as senior Nick Kaneps finished off the 2 on 1 by putting the pass from junior James Winstel in the back of the net to tie the game with 27 seconds remaining. The game ended in a tie. Other assists were credited to Jack Langenderfer and Max Boulton
The Bombers then looked to carry the momentum into a game against the host, Toledo St. Johns. This game did not go as well, as the Bombers lost 5-0. The Bombers best scoring chance came on a breakaway by senior Tyler Dellerman. He was not able to capitalize as the St. Johns goalie came up with a big save.
The Bombers then looked to get back on track against Dublin Coffman. The Bombers did not get off to a good start, as Coffman put the puck in the back of the net within the first ten seconds. The Bombers then took a 2-1 lead on goals by senior Jack Langenderfer and freshman Nick Langenderfer, but Coffman answered with two goals of their own. The Bombers then scored their third goal of the game, which came on the powerplay. Dellerman picked up the puck in the Bombers defensive zone and chipped it passed two Coffman defenders and made a pass to Jack Langenderfer, who then made a return feed to Dellerman who put it in the net. This game ended in a tie as well. The assists on the other goals were credited to sophomore Max Boulton and Jack Langenderfer.
The Bombers finished second in their pool, which was good enough to get into the third place game against Dublin Jerome. This game did not go the same way as the first one. The Bombers jumped on the board early, when Nick Langenderfer put the puck past the Jerome goaltender. The assist was credited to Boulton.
The Bombers performance in the tournament was good enough to move them into the top ten in the district. This weekend, they play Alter on Saturday night at 10pm at Kettering Rec Center. Then they play another league game on Sunday against Troy at 4pm at Northland Ice Center.