The Moeller Crusaders have elevated junior varsity coach Brad Gibson to the head coach of the varsity team, replacing 16-year veteran Mike Reeder.
“I am honored and humbled to become the next head hockey coach at my alma mater,” said Gibson. “Since 1982 our former players and coaches have worked to establish Moeller as the premier high school program in southwest Ohio.”
Moeller won the White Division of the Capital Hockey Conference in 2017-18 and moved up to the Red Division this past season.
The Crusaders posted an overall record of 14-12-1 and finished sixth in the CHC Red Division. They won the consolation bracket of the Blue Jackets Cup before advancing to the district quarterfinals of the state tournament, where a 3-2 triple-overtime loss to Olentangy Liberty ended their season.
“I want to thank Coach Mike Reeder for his many years of service and bringing Moeller to the Capital Conference to compete at the highest level of high school hockey in the state,” Gibson said. “I am excited to work with an incredible group of young men who are committed to building on this legacy and taking the program to the next level.”
Gibson coached the JVs for the past three seasons. He graduated from Moeller in 2000 after playing four years of hockey for the Crusaders. He earned a bachelor's degree in history and economics from Boston College in 2004, a master's degree in education from Xavier University in 2005, and a law degree from NKU Chase College of Law in 2010.
--- Scott Harrington for Ohio Hockey Digest
The Red Division tournament of the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League followed the final regular season standings with St. Xavier winning the tournament over Talawanda in the championship game by the score 6-3.
In the first round, #4 Alter beat #5 Elder 6-2 and #3 Centerville won over #6 Beavercreek 3-2. In the second round #1 St Xavier beat Alter 3-2 and #2 Talawanda beat Centerville 6-4.
The win gives St Xavier their third straight SWOHSHL tournament championship.
In the league’s Gold Division tournament Troy fell to Mason, 4-2, and La Salle beat Sycamore, 4-1, in first round games. The winners played Sunday for the Gold Championship with La Salle coming out on top by the score of 4-1 over the Trojans.
In the Capital Hockey Conference, Moeller and Springboro met in the Blue Jacket Cup Consolation Championship on Sunday with Moeller winning 11-2. The Crusaders and Panthers were the top two seeds in the Consolation Bracket.
The path to the championship for Moeller was a win over Gahanna 6-0 on Friday evening and a win over Thomas Worthington 8-3 on Saturday. Springboro beat St Francis DeSales 3-2 on Friday and then topped Columbus Academy 6-4 on Saturday.
All the teams from Southwest Ohio area are placed in the Columbus Bracket for OHSAA District tournaments and will be in action next weekend.
--- Michael Schemmel for Ohio Hockey Digest
By the end of this weekend, the Capital Hockey Conference will have a champion, and the Blue Jackets Cup will have a new name on the trophy.
The event that serves as the conference championship for central Ohio hockey will run from today through Sunday, when one local team will win the crown.