The top five teams in the Ohio High School Hockey Coaches Poll stayed the same this week, but there was plenty of movement further down the lineup.
The big movers were Talawanda (12-2-2) and University School (7-11-0) which moved up into the #6 and #7 positions, respectively. Talawanda moved up one spot from last week while US climbed up three spots from #10.
Ironically, the Brave lost for just the first time this season against an OHSAA team on Sunday when they dropped a 3-1 game to Olentangy Orange. The Preppers, meanwhile, impressed voters with wins over #3 Gilmour Academy (2-1) and #9 Olentangy Liberty (1-0).
The win over Talawanda propelled Olentangy Orange (9-3-0) back into the Top 10 after falling out in recent weeks. The Pioneers have won five in a row and eight of their last 10, capturing their own Pioneer Classic Tournament last weekend.
Also for the first time this season, a team other than #1 St. Edward (17-2-1) received a first-place vote, as one of the nine votes for the top spot went to #2 Toledo St. Francis (16-3-1).
Over the weekend, St. Edward suffered their first loss of the season to an Ohio-based team while St. Francis extended their win streak to 10 games with three impressive wins against Northwest Hockey Conference opponents.
St. Edward re-enforced their status as the team to beat so far this year in the OHSAA with a convincing 8-2 win over Saint Ignatius on Friday, but the rival Wildcats rise up to #4 in this week’s Ohio High School Hockey Coaches Poll.
Ignatius bounced back and tied Gilmour Academy, 1-1, on Saturday and now have a 2-0-2 record against the #3 Lancers.
Also moving up this week, the 10-1-2 Talawanda Brave, who jump up two spots to #7.
Toledo St. Francis remains in the second position. The Knights have won their last seven games with six of them coming against teams ranked in the Top 10 and the other against Rocky River, which received votes again this week.
There continues to be consensus around the top high school hockey team in Ohio this season. The third Coaches Poll of the season was released today and St. Edward (13-1-1) is still the only team to have received a first-place vote in any of the polls.
There was minimal movement in the top 10 with two pairs of teams swapping places. Gilmour Academy (5-3-1) moved up to #3, pushing Sylvania Northview (3-5-2) down to #4 in the process, and #5 Saint Ignatius (7-6-1) did the same to #6 Olentangy Liberty (5-1-1).
Gilmour’s convincing 7-0 win over Great Lakes Hockey League foe Shaker Heights convinced voters to move them up a notch even though it was the only game they had played in three weeks.
Ignatius had a strong showing at their Father Welsh Showcase, defeating Northview and Rocky River and dropping a one-goal decision to #2 Toledo St. Francis (12-3-1).