Your Battling Beavers took on the Olentangy Braves in the first round of the State Ice Hockey Tournament Saturday afternoon. This was a hard fought battle with some spectacular saves by Junior Goalie Ben Duford. The scoring started in the first period when Sophomore Riley Hanson stole the puck in the Braves zone and drilled home a goal with around ten minutes left in the frame. The remainder of the period saw both defenses hold strong with no more scoring. The second period belonged to the Braves as they scored off a deflection in front of the net with 13 minutes remaining. The teams went into the second intermission all tied up at one apiece. The third period saw the puck flying in both zones with great defense by both teams. The Braves finally found the back of the net with around two minutes left in the game to go up 2-1. Creek pulled Duford from goal to add another scoring threat. The Beavers took full advantage of the extra player and Riley Hanson got his second goal of the game to tie the match at 2-2 with a little over a minute remaining in the game. Regulation play ended with the game knotted at two apiece. Overtime started with action on both ends of the ice, but the Braves ended the match with a well placed top shelf corner shot. Even thought Creek did not advance in the State Playoffs, they’ll be back in action this Friday at South Metro in the annual Post Ohio Districts Tournament. Well done Creek!
Your Battling Beavers completed their undefeated Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League season by beating the Alter Knights in the league Championship final. Junior Thomas Bush got Creek on the board first with a power play goal off an assist from Senior Braden Cox. Alter came back and tied the game a little over one minute later. Sophomore Riley Hanson stole the puck and sped down the rink to drill home a breakaway goal to put the Beavers up 2-1 after the first period. The second period saw one score from Senior Joe Bordas. He drilled home what turned out to be the game winning goal off an assist from Thomas Bush. Creek went into the ice cut with a 3-1 lead. The third period saw Alter try to get back into the game with an early goal in the frame. Braden Cox, Carson Cox, Ethan Webb, and goalie Ben Duford led a stingy Creek defense that fended off Alter the rest of the way. Beavercreek took home the SWOHSHL trophy with a 3-2 victory.
Creek played the Troy Trojans today in the second round of the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League playoffs. After having a first round bye, Beavercreek started slow, but finished off the Trojans 7-2 to advance to the tournament finals. The first period scoring started as sophomore Carson Cox put home a power play goal. Troy responded with a matching goal before Senior Captain Braden Cox drilled home an unassisted goal to go up 2-1. Braden’s goal secured his name in the BHS record book for most goals by a Beaver defenseman. The Trojans scored their final goal of the game toward the end of the first period to go into intermission with a 2-2 tie.
Creek poured on the gas in the second period to put the game away. Junior Thomas Bush scored his 45th goal of the season and 100th of his BHS career on a top shelf power play goal to put the Beavers up 3-2 with eight minutes left in the period. Sophomore Riley Hanson scored with five minutes left in the period and Braden Cox netted his second goal of the game as the period was winding down. Beavercreek went into the ice cut with a 5-2 lead.
Junior Joe Bordas drilled home a goal from in front of the net with six minutes left in the game. Carson Cox followed with his second power play goal of the game with about two minutes remaining. Junior Ben Duford secured the net during this matchup and your Battling Beavers won 7-2 going three for three on the power play. Creek is back in action tomorrow and faces the Alter Knights in the SWOHSHL finals.
Beavercreek followed Saturday night’s victory with a Sunday morning win over the Elder Panthers. The scoring was fast and furious in this contest. The first period saw five goals off the sticks of four different Beavers…Bush with two, Elsner, Hanson, and Senior Captain Braden Cox each with one. Braden’s goal tied the Beavercreek record for most career goals by a defenseman. The second period saw three goals and two firsts! Sophomore Riley Hanson put the biscuit in the basket, Sophomore Makayla Smith scored her first High School goal, and JJ Lehman scored his first goal ever in his first season playing hockey. Creek was up 8-0 after the second period. The third period witnessed another Bush Hat Trick and a goal by Sophomore Joe Martin. This win secured an undefeated league play season going into the SWOHSHL playoffs this coming weekend.