No central Ohio hockey team has won a district title after winning the Blue Jackets Cup since the event became affiliated withthe Capital Hockey Conference in 2004.

No central Ohio hockey team has won a district title after winning the Blue Jackets Cup since the event became affiliated withthe Capital Hockey Conference in 2004.

Dublin Jerome High School coach Pat Murphy is well aware of that fact, as his squad failed to even reach a district final after winning the Blue Jackets Cup in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Thus, Murphy is optimistic that his top-seeded squad will continue to compete with a sense of urgency throughout the district tournament, after it lost to Dublin Coffman 2-1 in a Blue Jackets Cup semifinal on Feb. 11.

The Celtics opened district tournament play on Feb. 19 by crushing Watterson 11-1 and will play Cincinnati Sycamore in the second round on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Dispatch Ice Haus. The winner will play fifth-seeded Cincinnati Moeller or Cincinnati St. Xavier in a district semifinal on Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Ice Haus.

"Winning the Blue Jackets Cup is important to us and it's something we'll always strive to do, but there's no question that the high of winning the Blue Jackets Cup can be detrimental in preparing for another high level tournament right after it," Murphy said.

"So the silver lining to us not winning the Blue Jackets Cup is that maybe it gives us a chip on our shoulder and the feeling that we have something to prove going into district. We were seeded first in the Blue Jackets Cup and didn't win it, so now we want to prove that we deserve to be ranked No. 1 in our district."

Jerome nipped Sycamore 2-1 in a scrimmage on Nov. 14 and pounded the Aviators 7-0 on Jan. 2. The Celtics also beat Moeller 9-1 on Dec. 4.

Sycamore upset sixth-seeded Centerville 5-1 on Feb. 19 to improve to 11-18-1, as senior forward Jeffrey Wolkoff scored three goals and junior forward Michael Bond and sophomore forward Corey Kandil each added one goal.

Season leaders the Aviators in goals are Wolkoff (50), Bond (24) and Kandil (20).

Murphy said his team has to do a better job of finishing its scoring chances after missing on several opportunities against Coffman.

The Celtics bounced back from the loss to the Shamrocks with a prolific scoring effort against Watterson, as Alex Cathis scored three goals. Jake Howell and Chase Compton each scored two goals, and Casey Worth, Jake Burns, James Eastep and John Henry Fischer each added one.

"We always focus on our defense first, but if we don't bury our chances, we won't be successful," Murphy said. "We need to score four or five goals per game like we've done most of the season, because we know we'll get terrific goaltending from Wes Faulkenberry, Josh Howell and Cameron Gutman."

Coffman defeated Worthington Kilbourne 7-1 in its district tournament opener on Feb. 20, as Sam O'Brien had two goals and an assist and Kevin Putnam, Nick Kreber,Tommy Cox, Gunner Gruehl andSean Dicks each scored one goal. Ian Flinders had three assists.

"It was only 1-0 after the first period, but then we picked it up, and the puck didn't leave our zone for most of the game," O'Brien said.

The third-seeded Shamrocks will face seventh-seeded St. Charles in the second round on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Ice Haus. The winner will play second-seeded Olentangy Liberty or Olentangy in a semifinalon Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Ice Haus.

St. Charles edged Olentangy Orange 2-1 on Feb. 20 to improve to 17-13-3, as Eric Cooke scored twice.

Coffman has beaten St. Charlestwice this season, winning 5-3 on Jan. 1 and10-3 in its Blue Jackets Cup opener on Feb. 10. Coffman also has defeated Olentangy twice this season, winning 11-1 on Dec. 10 and 7-4 on Jan. 21.

But the Shamrocks have lost to Liberty twice this season, 4-3 on Dec. 5 and 3-2 in the Blue Jackets Cup final on Feb. 13.

"St. Charles is a good team, but we just beat them 10-3, so I'm confident we can beat them again if we play hard," O'Brien said. "We're hoping for a rematch with Olentangy Liberty, because we outshot them and outplayed them, but we didn't do a good job of finishing. They're a solid all-around team, but we feel like we can beat them. The key for us is to get our first line (of Flinders, O'Brien and Putnam) going, because we have a better chance of winning when we're scoring goals."

AT A GLANCE

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

COFFMAN

Feb. 20 - Defeated Worthington Kilbourne 7-1 in district tournament opener

Feb. 26 - Seventh-seeded St. Charles in second round, 6:30 p.m. at Dispatch Ice Haus. Winner plays second-seeded Olentangy Liberty or Olentangy in district semifinal, 5 p.m. Feb. 27 at Ice Haus. Winner plays in final, 5 p.m. March 5 at Ice Haus.

Of note: The Shamrocks are 22-8-1.

JEROME

Feb. 19 - Def. Watterson 11-1 in district tournament opener

Feb. 26 - Cincinnati Sycamore in second round, 12:30 p.m. at Ice Haus. Winner plays fifth-seeded Cincinnati Moeller or Cincinnati St. Xavier in district semifinal,3 p.m. Feb. 27 at Ice Haus. Winner plays in final, 5 p.m. March 5 at Ice Haus.

Of note: The Celtics are26-6-1.

SCIOTO

Feb. 18 -Lost to Gahanna 4-1 in district tournament opener

Of note: The Irishfinished 7-24.