Dublin Scioto High School hockey coach Chad Ellis would like to see more players contributing offensively as he did in a recent stretch of games.

Dublin Scioto High School hockey coach Chad Ellis would like to see more players contributing offensively as he did in a recent stretch of games.

The Irish won four consecutive games from Jan. 15 through Jan. 21. During that stretch, Grant Noppenberger had six goals and two assists, Zach Vallette had eight goals and 10 assists, and goaltender Chris Beatty had 67 saves.

Also during that span, five players - Colin Best, Andy Harrigan, Reece Harter, Tyler Smoot and Paul Tela - scored their first goal of the season and Bryant Tela got his first assist.

According to Ellis, the Irish need to continue to get that kind of production from their role players to be successful over the final two weeks of the regular season as well as in the Blue Jackets Cup and the district tournament.

"Our two captains, Zach and Grant, stepped up their games and Chris Beatty stood on his head to lead us, but those three have been consistently playing well all year," Ellis said. "The exciting thing is we've had a lot of role players who don't normally score step up and score, and when they do that, we're a much better team. If we can keep that up, we should be more competitive the rest of the way."

The Irish started their winning streak during the MLK Tournament held Jan. 14-16 in Monroe, Mich.

After opening with an 8-4 loss to Ottawa Hills on Jan. 14, Scioto bounced back the next day to beat Akron Hoban 7-0 and defeat Cincinnati Elder 7-2.

But the Irish weren't able to compete in the final because Elder and Ottawa Hills, both of which also went 2-1 in round-robin play, won the first tiebreaker with most penalty shots scored. After each of round-robin game, three players from each team took penalty shots against the opposing goaltender, and Scioto didn't score any goals in its nine penalty shots.

The Irish, who went 4-0 to win the event last season, went on to beat Hoban 5-4 in the consolation final to finish third. Elder beat Ottawa Hills 4-1 in the final.

"It was disappointing in a sense that we didn't win the championship, because we believe that we were the best team there and we would have been in the final again if not for a technicality," Ellis said. "But that doesn't overshadow the way we played, and I think we proved we were the best team there by winning our final three games.

"All of our guys are buying into our system now, and they're willing to work every shift, from our first line through our fourth line."

Scioto continued to play well last weekend, as it defeated Watterson 7-0 on Jan. 21 and pushed Kettering Alter the next day before losing 6-5.

Against Watterson, Vallette had three goals and two assists, Sean Isernhagen had two goals and an assist, Tate Bowen had a goal and an assist, and Beatty had 10 saves to earn his second shutout of the season, as the Irish won a Capital Hockey Conference game for the first time this season in seven attempts.

The teams that finish in the top eight of the final CHC standings will compete in the Blue Jackets Cup on Feb. 10-13 at the Dispatch Ice Haus. The other six teams will compete in a consolation tournament those same dates at the Ice Haus and Chiller North.

"We're near the bottom of the league standings, so our goal for the rest of the season is to win enough games to finish above the bottom-two positions, to set ourselves up for our league's consolation tournament," Ellis said. "I believe we can be very competitive in the second-tier league tournament if we play as well as we did (during our four-game winning streak)."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Coffman, Jerome and Scioto hockey teams:


*Jan. 21 - Defeated Olentangy 7-4

*Jan. 22 - Def. Thomas Worthington 5-1

*Jan. 23 - Def. DeSales 10-0

*Jan. 28 - Watterson at Chiller Dublin

*Jan. 29 - Worthington Kilbourne at Chiller North

Jan. 30 - Springboro at Dispatch Ice Haus

Of note: The Shamrocks are 14-6-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the Capital Hockey Conference.


Jan. 22 - Lost to Springboro 4-3

*Jan. 28 - Olentangy Orange at Chiller Dublin

*Jan. 29 - Gahanna at Chiller Easton

Jan. 30 - PRPC at Chiller Dublin

Of note: The Celtics are 19-5-1 overall and 8-1 in the Capital Hockey Conference.


*Jan. 21 - Def. Watterson 7-0

Jan. 22 - Lost to Kettering Alter 6-5

*Jan. 23 - Lost to Cincinnati Moeller 10-0

*Jan. 28 - Upper Arlington at Dispatch Ice Haus

*Jan. 29 - Thomas Worthington at Chiller Dublin

Of note: The Irish are 6-16 overall and 1-7 in the Capital Hockey Conference.

*CHC game