The DeSales High School hockey team will never know whether the first forward line of Joe Gray, Tyler Klutch and Tyler McClary could have performed as well last year as they are this season.

The DeSales High School hockey team will never know whether the first forward line of Joe Gray, Tyler Klutch and Tyler McClary could have performed as well last year as they are this season.

A broken collarbone ended Gray's 2010-11 season within the first few weeks, before the line got much playing time together. But the three entered this season healthy and, other than nominal bumps and bruises, have stayed that way.

The results have been better than any of them, or coach Bob Heine, expected.

Gray and Klutch both have 49 points - Gray has 39 goals and 10 assists and Klutch has 10 goals and 39 assists - and McClary has 41 points (18 goals and 23 assists) to lead the Stallions, who are 16-11-1 overall and 5-5 in the Capital Hockey Conference.

"Joe got hurt last year and that definitely, at the beginning of the season, made us take some time to get the chemistry going again," said McClary, a senior. "But we get along well. We know where each other is. Anywhere we are on the ice, we know where the other guys are."

This past weekend might have been the best example.

Gray, a junior, scored the winning goal in overtime off an assist from McClary as DeSales edged Worthington Kilbourne 2-1 on Jan. 20. The next night, Gray assisted McClary on another winner in overtime as the Stallions defeated Watterson 4-3.

"We came into the season knowing we'd have chemistry," Gray said. "It's worked out so far. We just have to stay consistent. We know where each other are all the time."

Usually, McClary said, Gray is in front of the net fending off defenders while he and Klutch, a sophomore, are trying to create opportunities elsewhere.

"Joe's more of a finisher, Tyler has a really good shot and I think I am more the grinder," McClary said. "I try to work hard in the corners and get the puck to those two guys, and I think those styles of play complement each other well. Joe puts in the goals and Tyler and I just try to get him there. Joe's really good at battling in front of the net and cleaning up those rebounds."

Production from the second forward line of Danny Helin and brothers Holden and Hunter Chapman also has increased in recent weeks. Four of Holden Chapman's six goals have come in January, including a hat trick in a 6-0 win over Beavercreek in the Troy Tournament on Jan. 6.

Helin and Hunter Chapman are sophomores and Holden Chapman is a freshman.

"All three lines have talented individuals. The nice thing is none of them are selfish," Heine said. "We can utilize them in groups of three, not just as an individual. They work together well and they have great chemistry. They're friends on and off the ice. But they're different players. They bring different skill sets to the table."

•Junior Eddy Cordek and senior Suzanne Hrabowy continue to lead the boys and girls swimming and diving teams, respectively.

Cordek placed 15th in the 100-yard backstroke (58.52 seconds) in the Northeast Classic Invitational on Jan. 14 at Branin Natatorium in Canton, the site of the state meet next month. Hrabowy, a University of Toledo signee, was fifth in the 100 freestyle (54.15) and 12th in the 50 free (25.23).

According to district rankings on swimmeet.com, Cordek entered the week ranked fifth in the 100 back (58.28) and ninth in the 50 free (23.21). Freshman Coleman McKinney was eighth in the 100 back (1:01.27).

Hrabowy entered the week ranked third in the 100 free (54.13), sixth in the 50 free (25.05) and ninth in the 100 butterfly (1:02.63). Freshman Anne Marie Cummins was ninth in the 100 back (1:04.13) and 10th in the 100 fly (1:03.05).

The Stallions were to compete in a dual meet Jan. 24 against Columbus Academy before the CCL meet on Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Charles.