Kilbourne, Thomas preparing for tourney
Kilbourne's Mike Roman is upended by Thomas' Tommy Pischel during a game earlier this season. The Cardinals have won two of three meetings with the Wolves this season. However, Kilbourne took the most recent matchup, winning 6-3 on Feb. 9. Buy This Photo
The Worthington Kilbourne and Thomas Worthington high school hockey teams are spending this week preparing for the district tournament.
Kilbourne, which is 19-12-1, is seeded 13th of 23 teams and will face 19th-seeded Cincinnati Elder in the first round at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at OhioHealth Ice Haus. The winner plays fourth-seeded Cincinnati Moeller in the second round at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Ice Haus.
The second-round winner advances to a district quarterfinal Feb. 23 at the Ice Haus.
The Wolves defeated Elder 6-3 on Nov. 25 in the Midwest Thanksgiving Classic but lost to Moeller 10-3 on Dec. 8.
Thomas, which is 11-16-1, is seeded 14th and will face 17th-seeded Olentangy in the first round at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Chiller North. The winner plays fifth-seeded St. Charles in the second round at noon Sunday, Feb. 17, at Chiller North
The second-round winner advances to a quarterfinal Feb. 23 at the Ice Haus.
The Cardinals defeated Olentangy 9-1 on Nov. 23 in the Midwest Thanksgiving Classic but lost to Braves 6-3 on Jan. 13 and 4-3 in a shootout Jan. 19. Thomas has split a pair of games with St. Charles, winning 3-2 on Jan. 27 but losing 3-0 on Feb. 1.
Kilbourne and Thomas could meet in a quarterfinal. The teams have met three times this season, with the Cardinals winning 3-1 on Nov. 30 and 3-2 on Dec. 29 and the Wolves winning 6-3 in a semifinal of the consolation bracket for the Blue Jackets Cup on Feb. 9 at the Ice Haus.
In the Feb. 9 matchup, junior defenseman Tucker Haas led the Wolves with two goals. Senior forwards Patrick Roman and Austin Taylor, junior defenseman D.J. Freer and sophomore forward Mike Roman each scored one goals and sophomore goaltender Jacob Eymann had 28 saves.
Senior forward Will Byars led Thomas with two goals. Sophomore forward Dominic Caminiti also had a goal and senior goalie Jonathan Highley had 28 saves.
Kilbourne lost to Upper Arlington 3-2 in the Cup final of the consolation bracket Feb. 10 at the Ice Haus.
Patrick Roman and Mike Roman both scored and Eymann had 20 saves.