INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 16, 2018) — Rules changes related to minimizing risk of injury in high school ice hockey are among five revisions for the 2018-19 season.
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Ice Hockey Rules Committee recommended the changes at its April 23-24 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Read about the changes at www.ohsaa.org
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) held its annual player draft Wednesday and eight Ohio-based players were among those picked. The NA3HL is a Tier III junior league with 47 teams spread out over 21 states.
Three Cleveland Jr. Barons players had their name called, including forward Christian Barons of the U18 squad. He went 48th overall to the Louisiana Drillers.
The Yellowstone (Cody, WY) Quake selected three players from Ohio: forward Dillon Manchester (Barons 18U), goaltender Mikhail Melnikau (Barons 16U) and the first of two OHSAA players to be selected, defenseman Sam Turner of the Olentangy Braves.
A pair of forwards from the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets, Ryan Higgins and Elliott Burgin, were picked by the Breezy Point (MN) North Stars and Willmar (MN) Warhawks, respectively.
6’4”, 187-pound forward Daniel Menges, a four-year player for the Gilmour Academy prep team, was selected by the La Crosse (WI) Freeze.
The College Station (TX) Spirit got in on the act, picking Holy Name sophomore and Team Ohio 16U defenseman Brennan Dickey.
All games at IceHaus (Nationwide Arena) 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.
(District championship game is March 3 @ 6:00 p.m.)
Dublin Jerome’s 4-OT affair against Springboro yesterday was a little more excitement than the #1 seed was probably looking for. ‘Boro went two OTs in the previous round, defeating Elder, 3-2. Moeller faced a test of their own in the round of 16, sneaking past Dublin Coffman, 3-2. Upper Arlington also advanced in a squeaker yesterday, 1-0 over St. Charles.
Sunday, Feb. 25 @ 3:45 p.m.
1. Dublin Jerome (28-6-3, ranked #6 in Ohio) vs.
3. Upper Arlington (16-17-1)
Top-seeded Dublin Jerome enters the Columbus District Semifinal coming off a four-overtime classic against Springboro last night that extended their winning streak to 12 games. Playing that much hockey is the obvious concern turning around and playing the early game today…The Celtics, 2018 CBJ Cup champions, have been in the Top 10 every week this season…Jerome defeated Upper Arlington in both of their regular season meetings this year…Upper Arlington had their own challenge yesterday, sneaking past St. Charles in a 1-0 affair, and they only had to play 45 minutes, but it’s kind of hard to go against Jerome in this one tired legs or not. UA’s two district tournament wins (they defeated Centerville 3-0 in the first round) are their first back-to-back wins since before Christmas.
Sunday, Feb. 25 @ 5:45 p.m.
2. Olentangy Liberty (26-6-3, ranked #10 in Ohio) vs.
4. Archbishop Moeller (24-9-0)
Olentangy Liberty comes into the district semifinal with wins in nine of their last 10 games. They had some quality wins in that span – two each against Upper Arlington and St. Charles – and their only loss was to top-seeded Dublin Jerome (3-1) in the CBJ Cup Final…Moeller is enjoying a hockey resurgence this year with 24 wins and the Capital Hockey Conference White Division regular season title. They defeated Upper Arlington in a CBJ Cup quarterfinal game before being eliminated by Dublin Jerome – their only loss in the last seven games…Liberty defeated Moeller, 7-1, in their only meeting of the season just before Christmas.