Two area high school hockey teams came together as one last Friday to honor a fallen teammate and friend.

Two area high school hockey teams came together as one last Friday to honor a fallen teammate and friend.

Dominic Gregory, a 15-year-old sophomore at St. Charles Preparatory School and member of the Cardinals' junior varsity team, died Oct. 13 and was honored in a pregame ceremony at the Dispatch Ice Haus before a Capital Hockey Conference contest between St. Charles and Thomas Worthington.

Both teams wore a sticker with the No. 17 - Gregory's jersey number - on their helmets.

"We've been talking about it and the pregame ceremony was nice and it was a way for us to have some closure," St. Charles coach Art Roehrenbeck said. "That was a class act what Thomas Worthington did with wanting to be a part of this and wearing stickers on their helmets. It shows that regardless of the opposition, we are forming bonds that will last a lifetime."

Thomas coach Don Harper said the loss was not just felt by the St. Charles hockey family, but by the area hockey community as well.

"Hockey is a fraternity. When you're on the ice, you can battle it out, but even if you lose a kid from another team, it's like a loss to your team," Harper said. "Because of that, the kids sent flowers and cards to the family and got stickers to wear on our helmets to honor Dominic."

The teams played to a 3-all tie, with St. Charles scoring the tying goal with seven-tenths of a second remaining to send the game into overtime.

Graham Dolven scored the tying goal, redirecting a slap shot by Eric Cooke past Thomas goaltender Jonathan Highley.

"We have been playing well together, but we didn't do that (last Friday)," said Roehrenbeck, whose team defeated Worthington Kilbourne 10-0 last Sunday to improve to 7-5-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the CHC. "When push came to shove, Thomas did a good job of neutralizing our offense and they were able to do that with more guys on the forecheck. We have some pretty fast guys and they were slowing us down."

Daniel Schirtzinger scored his first varsity goal for St. Charles and Cooke had the team's other goal.

"We can't take any opponent for granted in the league and this shows that, especially in league play," Roehrenbeck said. "Thomas worked hard and had a good forecheck."

St. Charles has been led by senior forward Tyler Brady, who had scored 17 goals through 13 games.

"Tyler Brady has been playing in summer leagues, 3-on-3 leagues," Roehrenbeck said. "He has hit the weight room and has been on the ice as much as he possibly could and it has shown. "Tyler is good at staying on the puck. He's good at puck protections in the corner. Because he hit the weights, kids can't knock him off the puck."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the St. Charles basketball, bowling, hockey, swimming and wrestling teams:


Dec. 11 - Defeated Groveport 41-31. Dane McLoughlin scored 17 points and Joe Spahr scored eight.

Last Tuesday - Played Eastmoor Academy

Last Wednesday - Played Columbus West

*Monday - At Hartley in CCL opener

Dec. 30 - At Hilliard Bradley

Of note: The Cardinals were 2-0 overall before last Tuesday.

*CCL game


*Dec. 7 - Def. Columbus Academy 1,932-1,472 in opener for both season and COHSBC-Central Division. Zak Stephenson was medalist with a 388 series and a 208 game. Tom Cianflona had a 323 series.

*Dec. 8 - Match with DeSales canceled because the Stallions do not have a program

*Dec. 9 - Def. Northland 2,145-1,797. Cianflona was medalist with a 481 series with games of 264 and 217. Stephenson scored a 376 series, Dan Stickel had a 354 series and Josh Bruggeman had a 326 series.

*Dec. 14 - Def. Ready 1,968-1,706. Cianflona was medalist with a 457 series.

*Jan. 4 - Beechcroft at HP Lanes

*COHSBC-Central match


Dec. 9 - Lost to Dublin Jerome 5-4 in opening-round of Dublin's Adam Allgeyer Memorial Tournament. Tyler Brady scored three goals and Ryan Cleary scored one. Richard Griffin had 40 saves.

Dec. 10 - Lost to Solon 5-2 in Allgeyer Memorial Tournament. Brady and Julian Lacasse scored and Teo Juratovac had 24 saves.

Dec. 11 - Def. Olentangy Liberty 4-3 in Allgeyer Memorial Tournament. Brady scored two goals and Cleary and Lacasse each scored one. Griffin had 46 saves.

*Last Friday - Tied Thomas Worthington at 3 in CHC opener

*Last Sunday - Def. Worthington Kilbourne 10-0. Travis and Russell both scored two goals. Brady, Griffin, Eric Cooke, Connor Organ, Daniel Schirtz-inger and Jake Wade each had one goal apiece and Juratovac made 10 saves.

Monday - Oxford Talawanda at Oxford Goggin Arena

*Dec. 31 - Cincinnati Moeller at Dispatch Ice Haus

Of note: The Cardinals are 7-5-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the CHC.

*Capital Hockey Conference game


Dec. 10 - Lost to Hunting Valley University School 104-66

Dec. 11 - Finished fourth (239) at Ned Reeb Invitational at Ohio State behind champion Upper Arlington (407) as 46 teams scored

Last Friday - Finished fifth (209) at Big 8 Invitational at Canton behind champion Hunting Valley University School (460)

Last Saturday - Finished first (312) at 25-team Grandview Yule at the Pool ahead of runner-up Grove City (209)

Jan. 7 - At Upper Arlington with Watterson


Dec. 11 - Finished sixth (90) at eight-team Rocks Winter Classic at Dublin Coffman behind champion Coffman (205). Ryan Sanders won at 215 pounds.

Tuesday-Wednesday - Marion Harding Invitational

Jan. 6 - Hartley Quad