2-1 UA after 2 periods. Moe goal by Walter.
No score after 1st period. Shots on net tied at 8-8.
This week saw a light schedule due to the holidays and schools on winter break. The Troy Trojans and Hobart Arena held its annual Miami Valley Freeze (MVF) tournament in Troy. This year’s participants were the Beavercreek, Centerville, the Dayton Stealth JV, the Findlay Trojans JV, the Northern Kentucky Norse and the Troy.
The Centerville Elks won all three round-robin games over Dayton 7-1, Northern Kentucky 4-2, and Findlay 6-2 to take the #1 seed into Sunday’s Championship game against Beavercreek. Both teams were depleted with injuries, the Elks played with forwards helping out on the blueline and just nine skaters. The Beavers were down five players as well. The Elks won the game 7-2 taking its first MVF championship. It marks the program’s 47th 1st place tournament trophy. The loss was only the second loss of the season for a Beavercreek team that is playing well all year. Northern Kentucky came in third followed by Troy, Findlay and Dayton.
In Cincinnati, teams participated in Elder’s Oblinger Tournament. St Xavier won the tournament going 3-0-1, their only blemish was a 3-3 tie with Northern Kentucky. Wins over Talawanda, Elder and LaSalle were all shutouts. Talawanda took second, winning 3 games and losing to St Xavier by a score of 6-0. Elder won one game and lost three while LaSalle went 0-4.
The two week break was not kind to Springboro. The Panthers started out with a 9-0 loss to Dublin Jerome before playing in the Warrior Shootout at Kent State during the break. The Panthers fell to host Walsh Jesuit, Dublin Jerome and Northview. The Panthers returned home on Saturday to play Olentangy Liberty and took a tough 9-1 loss. The Panthers visited Dublin Scioto on Sunday and came away with a 12-3 win to round out a five day, five game stretch. Springboro is 3-4-1 in the Capital Hockey Conference White Division.
Meanwhile Moeller was busy as well. The Crusaders played 5 games over the break. On December 22nd, the Crusaders visited New Albany at the Easton Chiller and won convincingly 7-2. On Sunday the 23rd, Moeller visited Olentangy Orange at Chiller North and again made a statement in the CHC winning 9-1. Great goal tending and aggressive fore-checking were the keys to both victories. On Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th, the Crusaders dropped back to back games by scores of 2-1 to Anthony Wayne and New Albany. The Crusaders rounded out the weekend with an 8-3 win over Perrysburg on Sunday. Moeller is currently 4-1-0 in the Capital Hockey Conference Red Division.
Southwest Ohio Update – 12/16/2018
Southwest Ohio League Red Division
Defending Champ St. Xavier appears to be the team to beat in the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League. They are now 5-0-0 in the league and 8-5-0 overall. Their only game from last weekend was a 10-1 win over Alter. Talawanda stands at 4-0-0 in the league and 9-6-0 overall after winning two and losing two over the weekend at the Kent Holiday Tournament. The Braves beat Olentangy Berlin and Bishop Watterson, while losing to Kenston and Hudson.
Alter and Centerville both stand at 2-3-0 in the league after the weekend. The two teams matched up on Saturday night with Alter winning in overtime. The Alter student body and pep band provided a raucous atmosphere that provided a lift for the Alter team. Alter stands at 4-7-0 after a win over Mason and Centerville and the loss to St Xavier. Centerville beat Elder 11-2 on Sunday to improve to 2-3-0 and 4-9-0 overall. Elder is 1-3-0 and 2-9-0 overall after a win over Mason and the loss to Centerville.
Three new varsity programs join the Blue Division of the Capital Hockey Conference this season, bringing the total number of teams in the league to 17. Columbus Academy and Olentangy Berlin play their inaugural seasons at the varsity level while Dublin Scioto returns to full varsity status.
The additions continue a trend of expansion for the CHC, which added New Albany in 2015-16 and Springboro in 2016-17.
Commissioner Bruce McClary leads the Capital Hockey Conference into its 16th year managing expansion that has occurred organically as a result of the quantity and quality of players being produced by the area’s youth hockey system.
“The high level of competition and quality of play in the Capital Hockey Conference are supported by the growing youth hockey leagues in Central Ohio,” said McClary. “All of the youth programs are doing a great job of preparing kids for the next level.”
McClary did not lay out a specific long-term growth plan for the league, but is optimistic there could be more expansion on the horizon.
“We hope that growth continues to add to the number of High Schools that offer an OHSAA sanctioned program,” said McClary. “I am confident the Conference is well positioned to support any High School program that wants to compete at the OHSAA level.”