The Worthington Kilbourne High School hockey team may not be having the kind of season most would enjoy, but coach Tom Erlenbusch said his players have yet to show signs of discontent.

The Worthington Kilbourne High School hockey team may not be having the kind of season most would enjoy, but coach Tom Erlenbusch said his players have yet to show signs of discontent.

"Hey, they are getting to play the game they love," said Erlenbusch, whose team is 3-17-1 overall and 1-9 in the Capital Hockey Conference. "It's like life because you are not going to win every game and you are not going to lose every one, either. They get a chance to play hockey and that's a good thing."

On Jan. 23, the Wolves lost to Olentangy Liberty 6-0 in a CHC game. The Patriots are 9-0 in league play.

"That's a good team. (The Patriots) are unbeaten in the league and have (mercy)-ruled a number of teams and we played them really well," said Erlenbusch, whose team was outshot 44-7 by Liberty. "I don't think we are confident that we can win games like this one (against the Patriots), but we know we can play with integrity and make them have to work to beat us. This was the best game we have played this year as far as discipline and integrity."

Goaltender Joe Fischer had 38 saves against Liberty.

The Wolves are still battling a few injuries, including a season-ending neck injury suffered by Cody Mathess. The freshman forward had a goal before being injured in a 4-2 loss to Olentangy on Jan. 9.

"Cody has a broken neck and he will be in a neck brace for several months," Erlenbusch said. "He's not going to be paralyzed or anything like that, so it's really quite a blessing, in that respect."

Despite the injuries, Kilbourne will continue to work toward improving their skills and gaining confidence.

"We're playing teams who have much better skills sets than we have," Erlenbusch said. "We played the game (against Liberty) very well. We're getting better, and we have some games ahead that we can win."

Thomas dropped to 11-10-2 overall and 4-5-1 in the CHC after falling to Olentangy 3-1 on Jan. 23.

"We didn't have spring in our step and we had a couple of bad breaks," coach Don Harper said. "We scored in the third period to cut it to 2-1 and anything can happen after that because the little black things can roll around the ice and it does some funny things. Anything can happen."

Graham Nadler scored for the Cardinals and Jonathan Highley had 20 saves.

"Jonathan Highley did a good job in net for us. They scored two sweetheart, photo-type of goals," Harper said. "We just keep playing and keep improving. We're also in good shape injury-wise, which is good at this time of the season."

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Kilbourne and Thomas hockey teams:

KILBOURNE

*Jan. 22 - Lost to Upper Arlington 9-1

*Jan. 23 - Lost to Olentangy Liberty 6-0

*Jan. 29 - Dublin Coffman at Chiller Dublin

*Jan. 30 - Watterson at Chiller Easton

*Feb. 4 - DeSales at Chiller North

Of note: The Wolves are 3-17-1 overall and 1-9 in the Capital Hockey Conference.

THOMAS

*Jan. 22 - Lost to Coffman 5-1

*Jan. 23 - Lost to Olentangy 3-1

*Jan. 29 - Dublin Scioto at Chiller Dublin

*Jan. 30 - Upper Arlington at Chiller North

*Feb. 4 - Olentangy Orange at Chiller North

Of note: The Cardinals are 11-10-2 overall and 4-5-1 in the Capital Hockey Conference.

*CHC game