Hilliard earns top seed in Blue Jackets Cup
The Hilliard club hockey team wrapped up its second consecutive Greater Columbus High School Club Hockey League championship with a 10-1 win over Athens on Feb. 17, earning the top seed for the Blue Jackets Cup.
The Wildcats went 15-3-2 and earned 32 points in the GCHSCHL, as did Newark. The Generals went 14-2-4 and are seeded second for the Blue Jackets Cup, followed by Westerville (12-7-1, 25), Northeast (7-10-3, 17), PRPC (7-13, 14) and Athens (0-20, 0).
The double-elimination tournament begins with two games Thursday, Feb. 21, at OhioHealth Ice Haus. PRPC plays Northeast at 5:30 p.m., followed by Westerville and Athens at approximately 7:20 p.m.
On Friday, Feb. 22, at the Ice Haus, the Westerville-Athens winner will play Newark at 6:20 p.m., followed by Hilliard and the PRPC-Northeast winner at approximately 8:10 p.m.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, consolation games will take place at 10 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. at Chiller Ice Works and at 7:50 p.m. at Chiller Easton, and the winner's bracket semifinal will be played at 6 p.m. at Chiller Easton.
The championship game is at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Chiller North. A second championship game, if necessary, will be played at 7:20 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Ice Haus.
Newark is the defending champion, having defeated Hilliard 4-3 in the final last season.