After raising some eyebrows with a 3-1 win over Cincinnati Sycamore last Saturday in its opening game of the district tournament, the Olentangy High School hockey team will be shooting for an even bigger upset when it faces Dublin Coffman on Saturday in the Dispatch Ice Haus.

After raising some eyebrows with a 3-1 win over Cincinnati Sycamore last Saturday in its opening game of the district tournament, the Olentangy High School hockey team will be shooting for an even bigger upset when it faces Dublin Coffman on Saturday in the Dispatch Ice Haus.

The Shamrocks are 30-4-5 overall. They finished 15-0-1 in the Capital Hockey Conference and won the Blue Jackets Cup.

"They're just an overall solid team," said coach Mazin Habash, whose team is 14-18-2. "They're very well-coached and everyone buys into what they have to say. They move the puck well, they're disciplined and stay out of the box, and they have guys that can get up the ice and score."

Solid goaltending could make for a low-scoring game. Coffman's Alex Rogers hasn't allowed a goal in more than 180 minutes of ice time, recording four consecutive shutouts. A.J. Presas of Olentangy made 41 saves against Sycamore.

The two met just once in the regular season, a 5-2 win for Coffman on Jan. 2. Olentangy led 2-1 early in the game before the Shamrocks scored a pair of power play goals to take over.

"I haven't had to remind our guys that we were trailing in that game," Coffman coach Perry Pooley said. "We are not taking them lightly by any means. They've got a lot of good hockey players and a lot of seniors that make them dangerous."

The Braves appreciate having a week to rest and prepare for Coffman, especially considering the amount of ice time their players will see Saturday. With only 14 skaters to Coffman's 19, Olentangy will hope to avoid tired legs.

The winner will play Oxford Talawanda or Beavercreek in a district semifinal at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at the Ice Haus. The district final is set for March 7, also at the Ice Haus.

Talawanda beat Thomas Worthington 10-2 last Saturday to improve to 22-4-1. Beavercreek beat Gahanna 3-1 last Saturday to improve to 19-11-2.

•Liberty coach Jack Hoogeveen hopes the experience of many trips around the state will pay off when his team faces Cincinnati Moeller at 3:15 p.m. Saturday in the Ice Haus, with the winner advancing to a district semifinal at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at the Ice Haus against Dublin Jerome or Centerville.

Moeller eliminated Orange 4-1 last Sunday to improve to 26-6-4 and has a resume that includes a 6-2 win over Coffman on Feb. 8

"They're going to be tough, no question about that," Hoogeveen said. "They have a lot of speed and scoring potential, and they really utilize the high slot well, which leads to a lot of goals. It's going to be tough to match them."

It's Moeller's top line of Ryan Boyd, Drew Rosselot and Eric Smith that has Hoogeveen especially concerned. Boyd and Smith scored against Orange and the line combined for more than 20 shots on goal.

That will present a formidable challenge for goalie Nick Kerr, who has improved steadily throughout the season to earn the starter's job and nearly recorded a shutout in a 7-1 win over Worthington Kilbourne last Sunday. The Patriots improved to 29-14.

Moeller's Alec Mathias has been holding opponents to fewer than two goals per game on average.

Jerome beat Cincinnati St. Xavier 3-2 in the first round last Sunday to improve to 23-10-1.

Centerville beat DeSales 3-2 in double overtime last Sunday to improve to 17-9-2.

•Orange finished 8-18-1 after losing to Moeller last Sunday.

As the players shook hands afterward, none looked disappointed. A first-year program with leadership consisting of two juniors, the Pioneers exceeded their expectations.

"We knew it was going to be a building year and our guys battled out there every night," coach Tim Pennington said. "With no seniors, we were basically a junior varsity team playing against varsity programs. There were a couple times where we took our lumps but we weren't ever really out of games."

Orange beat Dublin Scioto 4-3 in the opening round last Friday as Dar Faroughi scored two goals and Robbie Lindeman and Matt Pennington had one.