Although its record may not show it, Thomas Worthington High School hockey coach Josh Sockrider believes his team steadily improved.

Although its record may not show it, Thomas Worthington High School hockey coach Josh Sockrider believes his team steadily improved.

The Cardinals lost to top-seeded Oxford Talawanda 10-2 in the second round of the district tournament last Saturday at the Dispatch Ice Haus to finish 7-29-1 overall. Forwards Tyler Graham and Nick Katona scored.

Thomas went 4-11-1 in the Capital Hockey Conference to place 10th with 10 points behind Dublin Coffman (31), Olentangy Liberty (30), Dublin Jerome (27), Olentangy (20), Kilbourne (17), Gahanna (16), St. Charles (15), Upper Arlington (14) and DeSales (12) and ahead of Olentangy Orange (5) and Dublin Scioto (1).

"People are going to look at our (record) and think we didn't have a successful season, but in my eyes we did," Sockrider said. "I'm happy with it. This was our second year under our system, and we had a bunch of young guys. Given the experience level we had coming in, I think we had a successful season."

Thomas won three of its final five, including 6-2 over Springboro in the first round of district last Friday at the Ice Haus. Graham had two goals and forwards Ben Boudreau, Shane Hartlaub and Grayson Livingston and defenseman Tyler Pike scored one.

"That was a pretty big win," Sockrider said. "That's two years in a row getting past the first round. I thought we played pretty well against Talawanda, which is the top seed in the district and should go far in the tournament. The guys played hard.

"The guys definitely were playing their best hockey at the end."

Thomas failed to reach double digits in victories for the fourth consecutive season. The Cardinals scored 71 goals in 37 games, an average of only 1.9 goals per game, and were shut out nine times.

"It definitely hindered us at times," Sockrider said. "You can't expect to win a game 1-0. Down the stretch, we were able to score more goals. We got more offensive production the last few weeks, but we needed to be more consistent offensively."

Katona led the Cardinals with 18 goals, followed by Graham (11), forward Trevor Young (11), forward Harrison Cohan (8) and Boudreau (7). No one else had more than four.

Thomas loses three seniors in Boudreau, Young and forward Jacob Brown.

Expected to return are juniors Reed Hickman (defenseman), Zach Schaeffer (forward), Hans Smith (forward), Graham, Katona, Livingston and Pike, sophomores Jimmy Danko (defenseman), Hilton Dellinger (goalie) and Hartlaub and freshmen Patrick Boudreau (defenseman), Kyle Gratz (defenseman), Graham Nadler (forward), Spencer Raab (goalie) and Cohan.

"We have a lot of guys coming back," Sockrider said. "It makes it nice because we had a lot of young, inexperienced guys this year."

•Kilbourne lost to fourth-seeded Liberty 7-1 in the second round of district last Sunday at the Ice Haus to finish 12-19. Both teams had a first-round bye.

The Wolves finished 8-8 in the CHC to place fifth (17 points) and placed fourth in the Blue Jackets Cup, losing to Jerome 4-3 in overtime in the third-place game Feb. 15 at the Ice Haus.

Kilbourne had rallied for 4-3 win over Olentangy in the opening round of the Blue Jackets Cup on Feb. 13 as forward Hardijs Kupaks scored with 1 minute 16 seconds left to tie the game at 3 and defenseman Mitch Oliver scored the winning goal with 1.4 seconds left.

The Wolves lose five seniors in goalie Sean Smith, forwards Matt Ambrogi, Matt Fischer and Trevor Whitaker and defenseman Logan Fish.

Fischer led the team with 31 goals and emerged as one of the top players in the CHC. He led the league with 22 goals and was tied for second with Liberty's Justin Garland in points with 33 behind Liberty's Doug Kouskouris (49).

Fish scored eight goals and Ambrogi scored seven.

Expected to return are juniors Chris Bryan (forward), Jay Carter (forward), Kyle Downie (defenseman), Brett Taylor (forward) and Oliver, sophomores Matt Agner (defenseman), Joey Jacob (forward), Steven Singer (forward) and Connor Taylor (defenseman) and freshmen Jimmy Day (goalie), Perry Dilley (defenseman), Andrew Dowler (forward), Joe Fischer (goalie/forward) and Kupaks.

Kupaks scored 25 goals and Oliver scored 16. The only other potential returnee who scored more than three goals is Jacob, who had eight

At a glance

KILBOURNE

•Record: 12-19 overall, 8-8 (fifth) in CHC

•Seniors lost: Matt Ambrogi, Matt Fischer, Logan Fish, Sean Smith and Trevor Whitaker

•Key returnees: Kyle Downie, Joe Fischer, Joey Jacob, Hardijs Kupaks andÊMitch Oliver

THOMAS

•Record: 7-29-1 overall, 4-11-1 (10th) in CHC

•Seniors lost: Ben Boudreau, Jacob Brown and Trevor Young

•Key returnees: Harrison Cohan, Tyler Graham, Reed Hickman, Nick Katona and Tyler Pike