Flashes Let Conference Opener Sail Away
By: Cody Carson
Coming off spring break looking to bounce back from two losses to Slippery Rock and Penn State Altoona, Kent State dropped their third straight, and conference opener at the hands of the Cleveland State Vikings. Freshman Ryan Kevern got the start in net, with the Flashes seeking to name a full time starting goalie by the weekend, making 15 saves, but letting 18 by in his second start of the season The Flashes played well in the first half, going into the intermission down 10-6. The offense awoke from their slumber at Slippery Rock with fast paced play in their end, focusing on ball movement which was a problem the previous games. Attackman Adam Belica, with his signature post up move, backed his defender into the goal crease on multiple occasions, registering 7 shots on goal, and capitalizing on three of them. The game was littered with penalty minutes against the Flashes, from the defensive end to the offensive end, with two of the four attack spending at least a minute in the penalty box. After drawing a slash call and spending a minute in the box, sophomore Cody Carson bolted out to end the shorthanded period. Near the top of the restraining box, Carson took a pass from middie Ryan Green, wound up and let one rip for his first goal of the season, hoping to reignite the Golden Flashes offense and spur a comeback. Several defensive lapses in the second half, along with sloppy play on the offensive end doomed the Flashes to an 18-9 loss, dropping their third straight game. The Flashes are back in action April Fools Day, looking to fool the Akron Zips and start up a winning season.