Hockey district tournaments take place this weekend; state awaits

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Ohio District Hockey Tournament
If the cold weather the past few days in Southwest Ohio is any
indication of hockey weather, this weekend is a perfect time for the
district tournament in Columbus.
The tournament opens today with two games. Thomas Worthington plays Worthington Kilbourne at 6:30 p.m. and Powell
Olentangy Liberty plays Columbus St. Francis DeSales at 8 p.m. Fourteen other teams are in action starting Saturday morning at the Nationwide Ice Haus.


If the cold weather the past few days in Southwest Ohio is any indication of hockey weather, this weekend is a perfect time for the district tournament in Columbus.
The tournament opens Friday (today) with two games.

Thomas Worthington plays Worthington Kilbourne at 6:30 p.m. and Powell Olentangy Liberty plays Columbus St. Francis DeSales at 8 p.m.

Fourteen other teams are in action starting Saturday morning at the Nationwide Ice Haus.

The first game is Columbus St. Charles against Gahanna Lincoln at 11:15 a.m.
Dublin Jerome plays Centerville in the next game at 1:15 p.m.

The afternoon continues as Dublin Coffman plays Beavercreek at 3:15 p.m.
Dublin Coffman (22-9-3) won its regular-season Capital Hockey Conference League title.

Coffman coach Perry Pooley said his top players include Anthony Rogers (led Capital conference in scoring), Chris Ridgeway (team’s second-leading scorer) and defenseman Jimmy Wall (in about the top 10 in scoring).

“We expect a tight game with Beavercreek playing a defensive style to protect the net and them trying to slow us down by playing physical,” Pooley said.

Other games on Saturday include Cincinnati Sycamore playing two-time defending district champion Upper Arlington at 5:15 p.m., followed by top-seeded Cincinnati Moeller (2005 state semifinalist) against Springboro at 7:15 p.m.

On Sunday, Troy plays Alter at 11:15 a.m. for the fourth meeting this season.
Alter won the first game in the last 30 seconds of regulation. Alter won the second game 7-5.

Troy (18-14-1) defeated Alter Feb. 9 in the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey Conference (SWOHSHL) North division tournament championship game by a score of 6-3.

“I expect a fast-paced, physical game,” Troy coach Jeff Owen said. “Alter has several very talented hockey players and the rest of the team is a well-conditioned, strong physical group of guys.”

Owen said his squad is led by senior captain Colin Trudeau, who leads the team in points (44 goals and 40 assists). Senior Andrew White has 60 points (25 goals) and junior defenseman Jake Rice has 52 points (26 goals).

Senior goaltender Connor Carney has a .871 save percentage and a .344 goals against average over 25 games, according to Owen.

On Sunday afternoon, Oxford Talawanda plays the winner of Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne at 1:15 p.m.

Talawanda (18-7-3), which was district runners-up in 2007, won its league and the tournament for the second consecutive season.

Seniors Zach Phillips (31 goals) and Ben Hoover (21 goals) are among the top players for the Braves, which have won nine consecutive games.

“We feel confident that our guys can make a run at the district championship this season,” Talawanda coach Nate Guerin told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Cincinnati St. Xavier plays either Powell Olentangy Liberty or Columbus St. Francis DeSales at 3:15 p.m.

The district quarterfinals are Feb. 23 and the district semifinals are Feb. 24.
The state tournament is March 8-9 at Nationwide Arena.

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