Led by their senior class, the PRPC Ice Prowlers aren't just looking to repeat as Greater Columbus High School Club Hockey League regular-season champions.

Led by their senior class, the PRPC Ice Prowlers aren't just looking to repeat as Greater Columbus High School Club Hockey League regular-season champions.

The Ice Prowlers finished first in the GCHSCHL last season at 15-7-2 (32 points), ahead of Hilliard (14-7-3, 31), Northeast (14-7-3, 31), Newark (12-11-1, 25), Athens (11-10-3, 25), Westerville (11-11-2, 24) and Delaware (0-24, 0).

Delaware did not field a team this season.

PRPC ended last season in the Buckeye Cup state tournament, where the Ice Prowlers went 2-1 and totaled 9.5 points to finish sixth.

"I have high expectations," first-year coach T.J. Hess said. "We have 11 returning seniors, so we have a very experienced team. So, of course, I'm expecting great things.

"Our goals going into the season were winning the league, winning the league tournament and then winning state."

Hess, a Miami University graduate, is a former Ice Prowlers player and joined PRPC's coaching staff in 2009 as coach of the junior varsity team.

PRPC was 2-5-1 (5 points) in the GCHSCHL after a 1-0 loss to Westerville on Nov. 18 and was 4-5-2 overall before playing North Royalton on Nov. 19.

"We've had a heavily front-loaded season," Hess said. "We've played seven league games in a month and we're just getting back to having our full team. Being a new coach, I run a bit of a different system and it takes a little while for the guys to learn what my expectations are."

Expected to lead the Ice Prowlers are senior forwards Nathan Billups, Alex Giles and Kyle Hyer and senior defensemen Christian Arnold and Ian Ritchey.

"Alex brings a strong sense of leadership and work ethic to the team," Hess said. "He's a lead-by-example kind of kid. Also offensively, Nathan and Kyle are getting a lot of the workload and they are producing for us this year. We expect them to be two of the top guys in the league."

Through 10 games, Billups had seven goals and eight assists and Hyer had four goals and nine assists.

Billups, who attends Pickerington North, represented the Ice Prowlers in the GCHSCHL all-star game last season.

Goaltender Drake Holden and defenseman Jordy Katz also are being counted on to lead the way.

"Drake will see a large bulk of the league play workload," Hess said. "He's a solid goalie and once again I think he's one of the top goalies in the league."

Giles, who attends Pickerington North, also has high expectations for the 2011-12 season and thinks the Ice Prowlers will overcome their slow start.

"I think this year we'll end up doing pretty well," he said. "We're more unified this year and we really work well as a team, so we'll take it as far as we can. We have a new coach, so we're adjusting to the new way we're playing the game and we've had some guys injured. I think we'll finish the season strong."

PRPC's two league wins this season came against Athens (5-0 on Oct. 29) and Newark (3-1 on Nov. 5). Hyer, Ritchey, Seth Hunter, Hunter Morgan and Shane Selan all scored against Athens.