After finishing 5-15-4 last season in the Greater Columbus High School Club Hockey League, coach Brian Thompson was confident his Westerville team would better that mark this season.

After finishing 5-15-4 last season in the Greater Columbus High School Club Hockey League, coach Brian Thompson was confident his Westerville team would better that mark this season.

The Warcats already have doubled that league win total, as they are 10-6-1 and entered the week tied with Northeast (10-7-1) for third with 21 points, behind Newark (25, 12-1-1) and Dayton (22, 10-4-2).

Westerville is 15-9-2 overall heading into a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend tournament Friday, Jan. 15, through Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Euclid C.E. Orr and Gates Mills Gilmour Academy arenas.

The Warcats have lost two consecutive league games, falling to Dayton 8-1 on Jan. 8 and Hilliard 4-0 on Jan. 10.

"Overall, I'm happy," Thompson said. "It's definitely an improvement. (Last) weekend wasn't particularly good, but that's going to happen. I'm very happy with the group and the progress we've made."

Against Dayton, Victor Runyon scored on assists from Grant Dickinson and Travis Furman.

Goaltender Sean Coonfare had 19 saves against Hilliard.

The Warcats had won their previous three league games.

Dickinson, a freshman, is tied for the league lead in scoring with Newark's Patrick Chaykowski with 19 goals and six assists for 25 points. Chaykowski has 16 goals and nine assists.

Senior Nicholas Orioli is second on the team in scoring with seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points. Evan Garber has four goals and 10 assists, and Luke Ewing has two goals and eight assists.

Coonfare has 331 saves in 16 league games.

"We had high expectations as a staff just because we hold our kids to a high standard, but realistically I don't think anyone outside of our group thought we would be where we're at," Thompson said.