The Gahanna Lincoln High School hockey team's season ended after a 4-3 triple-overtime loss to Beavercreek last Saturday in the first round of the district tournament. The Lions held a 2-1 lead entering the third period, but ceded two goals in the final period, allowing Beavercreek to force overtime.

The Gahanna Lincoln High School hockey team's season ended after a 4-3 triple-overtime loss to Beavercreek last Saturday in the first round of the district tournament. The Lions held a 2-1 lead entering the third period, but ceded two goals in the final period, allowing Beavercreek to force overtime.

The Beavers scored three of their four goals on the power play, including the game-winner in the third overtime.

Nate Hays, Quentin Holmes and Brad Tarbutton all scored for the Lions.

"We played them a few times before and they were one-goal games," coach Dante Scuderi said. "We had outshot them in those other games as well, so you've got to give credit to their goaltending. That's what pulled them through."

Prior to the loss to Beavercreek, Gahanna opened the tournament on a strong note with a 9-1 win over DeSales last Friday. The Lions scored four goals in the first period and got two more in the first five minutes of the second before the Stallions got on the board with their only goal.

Gahanna was dominant in controlling the puck, keeping it inside DeSales' zone for large portions of the game and even playing well on the penalty kill.

"I thought we came out pretty hard," Tarbutton said. "We expected to win, and we expected to put up a lot of goals."

The loss to Beavercreek dropped Gahanna to 14-15-2 overall. The Lions went 7-5-0 to finish tied for sixth (14 points) with Upper Arlington (6-5-1-1, 14) in the Capital Hockey Conference behind Olentangy Liberty (11-1-0-0, 22), Cincinnati Moeller (10-2-1-0, 21), Dublin Coffman (10-2-0-0, 20), St. Charles (9-4-0-0, 18) and Dublin Jerome (8-2-1-0, 17) and ahead of Olentangy Orange (6-6-0-1, 13), Thomas Worthington (5-5-1-1, 12), Olentangy (5-8-0-1, 11), Worthington Kilbourne (3-9-0-0, 6), Dublin Scioto (1-11-1-0, 3), DeSales (1-10-1-0, 3) and Watterson (0-12-0-0, 0).

Gahanna did not complete its league schedule. Originally scheduled to play Dublin Jerome on Feb. 6, the game was postponed because of bad weather and eventually canceled when it wasn't possible to find a suitable makeup date for both teams.

Gahanna will lose seniors Hays (forward), John Mercurio (forward), Josh Nemec (goaltender), Connor Smallwood (defense), Tarbutton (forward), Phillip Wellmer (goaltender) and Kyle Wetherill (forward).

The top players expected back are juniors Alex Barok (defense), Holmes (forward), Dom Palombaro (defense) and Andrew Winters (forward), and sophomores Sean Moser (forward) and Ross Perry (defense).

Defense looks to be a strong point for the Lions next year, but they are losing three of their top four scorers, as well as their top two goalies.

"We're losing a lot of talent, so there's going to be some pressure on (next year's) seniors," Scuderi said. "We'll need those guys to take on some different roles. Obviously we'll need some help from our goaltending as well and we'll get them to step up."

At a glance

•Record: 14-15-2 overall, 7-5-0-0 (tied for sixth) in Capital Hockey Conference

•Seniors lost: Nate Hays, John Mercurio, Josh Nemec, Connor Smallwood, Brad Tarbutton, Phillip Wellmer and Kyle Wetherill

•Key returnees: Alex Barok, Quentin Holmes, Sean Moser and Dom Palombaro