Dublin Coffman High School hockey coach Perry Pooley isn't sure if any one of his players will be able to replace graduate Anthony Rogers' offensive production.

Dublin Coffman High School hockey coach Perry Pooley isn't sure if any one of his players will be able to replace graduate Anthony Rogers' offensive production.

Rogers had team-highs in goals (64) and points (102) and was a team-best plus-72.

Coffman also lost senior Jimmy Wall, who decided to play AAA travel hockey instead of high school hockey after totaling 20 goals and 28 assists and earning a plus-40 rating. Rogers and Wall were first-team all-Capital Hockey Conference last season.

That doesn't mean Pooley is expecting a dropoff in scoring for the Shamrocks, who averaged 4.5 goals per game and finished 23-10-2 overall a year ago.

Coffman will open in the Midwest Classic held Friday through Sunday at the Chiller North. The Shamrocks will face PRPC and Strongsville on Friday and Olentangy on Saturday. Coffman will play Sunday against an opponent to be determined.

"We lost our top scorer and our top offensive defenseman," Pooley said. "The good news is we have better balance this year, and I think we're going to get more goals out of the guys we have coming back. We're looking for (senior forward) Chris Ridgway to have another great year, and I think several other guys are going to step up and (collectively) help us replace all of those goals we're losing."

Ridgway is Coffman's top returning scorer after totaling 39 goals and 46 assists last season. He also was plus-68 and was second-team all-CHC.

Seniors Andy O'Brien (21 goals, 19 assists, plus-40) and Jordan Edmonds (12 goals, 13 assists) and sophomore Sam O'Brien (3 goals, 9 assists, plus-19) also have come back to lead the forwards.

Others who are expected to contribute at the forward position are seniors Ryan Cohagen and Jeff Hoover, juniors Tyler Anderson, Alex Minardo, A.J. Early, Joel Myatt and Gregory Strine and freshmen Nick Kreber and Kevin Putnam.

"We can play four lines regularly, which is an improvement, because we've had years where we could play only two lines in big games," Pooley said.

Back to lead the defense are senior Matt Zacharias (3 goals, 24 assists, plus-41), juniors Evan Bowdy (1 goal, 18 assists, plus-19) and Jared Nagel (plus-10) and sophomores Matt Smith (plus-19) and Stephen Panchyshyn (plus-11). Sophomore David Latshaw is expected to be a valuable addition to the blue line.

"We've got five or six really good defensemen, who can move the puck," Pooley said. "Most of those guys played here last year, and David played AAA hockey the past three years, so they've all got a lot of hockey sense and experience."

Junior Alex Rogers returns as the top goalkeeper, but won't play until mid-December after breaking his left arm. Rogers started every game last season and made 760 saves for an .891 save percentage with a 2.58 goals-against average. He was second-team all-league.

Junior Colin Eberhart and sophomore Nathan Schuman will rotate starts in goal until Rogers returns.

"Alex may be the best goalie in the city, if he can get back to form," Pooley said.

Coffman is coming off a regular season in which it won the Adam Allgeyer Memorial Tournament and took first place in the CHC for the first time since 2005.

Coffman finished 11-2 with 22 points in the CHC ahead of St. Charles (10-2-1, 21), Jerome (10-3, 20), Olentangy Liberty (8-5, 16), Gahanna (7-5-0-1, 15), Upper Arlington (7-6, 14), Thomas Worthington (6-6-0-1, 13), Worthington Kilbourne (4-9, 8), DeSales (1-10-1-1, 4) and Scioto (0-13, 0). Olentangy and Olentangy Orange have joined the CHC.

Top-seeded Coffman went 2-1 at the Blue Jackets Cup. The Shamrocks beat Thomas 8-0 and Gahanna 10-3, but lost to third-seeded Jerome 4-1 in the final.

Coffman opened district play with a 3-0 win over Beavercreek, then lost to Cincinnati Sycamore 7-2 in a semifinal.

"On paper, Olentangy Liberty and us have the most coming back of the teams in our league," Pooley said. "But Jerome always plays hard and I'm not going to discount them either. We're playing a tough schedule and I think that's going to help prepare us for the state tournament. We're probably not going to win every game, but I always believe you learn more from losses than victories anyway."

At a glance

•Coach: Perry Pooley, seventh season

•Opener: Friday vs. PRPC at Chiller North

•Key players: Evan Bowdy, Andy O'Brien, Chris Ridgway, Alex Rogers, Jimmy Wall and Matt Zacharias