The Dublin Coffman High School hockey team hasn't lost to a team with a losing record this season.

The Dublin Coffman High School hockey team hasn't lost to a team with a losing record this season.

Coach Perry Pooley doesn't expect that to change when the Shamrocks play Olentangy in the second round of the district tournament Saturday at the Dispatch Ice Haus. Last Saturday, Coffman beat Troy 4-0 to improve to 30-4-5 and Olentangy beat Cincinnati Sycamore 3-1 to improve to 14-18-2.

The winner will advance to a district semifinal Sunday at the Ice Haus against Beavercreek or Oxford Talawanda.

"We've got great senior leadership and our seniors have kept our team focused for every game," Pooley said. "By no means are we looking ahead to Sunday, because Olentangy is a scary team. Olentangy just beat Sycamore. Sycamore beat Moeller this season, and Moeller took us apart (6-2 on Feb. 8), so that goes to show that anything can happen."

The Shamrocks rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Olentangy 5-2 on Jan. 2. Olentangy is led by senior defenseman Tim Nelin, sophomore forward Andrew Stegmann, freshman forward Kyle Hickman and junior goalkeeper A.J. Presas.

Last Saturday, Hickman, Stegmann and freshman forward Matt Hilty scored and Presas had 41 saves.

"We played at a level last Saturday that we hadn't played at all season," Braves coach Mazin Habash said. "To beat Coffman we'll need our top scorers to bring their games, and we'll need to stay out of the penalty box because penalties have been a problem all year. We'll need to make good passes and conserve our legs because we have only two full forward lines, and when we get tired, that's when we reach and get penalized."

Pooley said he will roll three or four forward lines regularly to try to wear out Olentangy's top players.

"They have a good defenseman (Nelin) and we have to make sure he doesn't beat us up the ice for an odd-man situation," Pooley said. "They've got some dangerous players on their first and second line, so we'll try to keep our guys fresh against them because we've got a lot of guys who can contribute and score."

Coffman beat Troy as Chris Ridgway and Kevin Putnam scored two goals and Alex Rogers had 16 saves for his fourth consecutive shutout.

Leading Coffman in scoring are Ridgway (43 goals, 32 assists), Sam O'Brien (25 goals, 31 assists), Evan Bowdy (14 goals, 22 assists), Matt Zacharias (three goals, 33 assists), Andy O'Brien (nine goals, 25 assists) and Jordan Edmonds (13 goals, 20 assists).

Rogers is 15-2-4 with seven shutouts, a 1.57 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage.

Talawanda beat Thomas Worthington 10-2 last Saturday to improve to 22-4-1 as Drew Hoover scored three goals, Johan Hoover and Braden Park scored two goals and Allan Dowler had 19 saves.

Beavercreek beat Gahanna 3-1 last Saturday to improve to 19-11-2. Matt Green scored three goals and Kyle McClure made 27 saves.

Coffman beat Beavercreek 6-2 on Dec. 12 but hasn't played Talawanda.

"Talawanda is very good offensively," Pooley said. "We can't let our guard down against them because they're dangerous, even on their penalty kill."

Jerome will play Centerville in the second round Saturday at the Ice Haus.

Centerville beat DeSales 3-2 in double overtime last Sunday to improve to 17-9-2 as Jesse Malma, Tyler Bottlermuller and Joe Breslin scored and Nick Petrosino made 42 saves.

The Celtics beat Centerville 3-1 on Dec. 13 and 5-2 on Jan. 18.

"We beat Centerville by playing disciplined hockey, with everyone working hard and contributing," said coach Pat Murphy, whose team beat Cincinnati St. Xavier 3-2 in the first round last Sunday to improve to 23-10-1. "Our main focus is playing good team defense because we usually win low-scoring games and we usually lose when we give up four or more goals."

The winner will advance to a district semifinal Sunday at the Ice Haus against Moeller or Liberty.

Moeller defeated Olentangy Orange 4-1 last Sunday to improve to 26-6-4, as Ryan Boyd, Kyle Bobay, Eric Smith and Matt Korst scored and Alec Mathias made 13 saves.

Liberty pounded Worthington Kilbourne 7-1 last Sunday to improve to 29-14, as Alex Ottavio scored three goals, Doug Kouskouris, Brad Taber, Justin Garland and Jimmy Ruska scored and Nick Kerr had 18 saves.

Jerome lost to Liberty 4-2 on Dec. 19 and 6-2 on Jan. 24, and lost to Moeller 3-0 on Dec. 21.

Leading Jerome in scoring are Kurt von Zychlin (18 goals, 24 assists), Justin Young (29 goals, 10 assists), Jake Howell (12 goals, 24 assists), Joey Nahay (18 goals, 13 assists) and Trent Iffland (10 goals, 10 assists).

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Coffman, Jerome and Scioto hockey teams:


Last Saturday -- Defeated Troy 4-0 in first round of district tournament

Saturday -- At Dispatch Ice Haus vs. Olentangy in second round. The winner will play Oxford Talawanda or Beavercreek in a district semifinal Sunday, with the winner of that advance to the final March 7 against Centerville, Jerome, Olentangy Liberty or Moeller.

Of note: The Shamrocks are 30-4-5.


Last Sunday -- Def. Cincinnati St. Xavier 3-2 in first round of district tournament. Kurt von Zychlin, Jake Howell and Casey Worth scored and Josh Howell had 29 saves.

Saturday -- At Ice Haus vs. Centerville in second round. The winner will play in a district semifinal Sunday against Liberty or Moeller. The winner will advance to the district final March 7 against Beavercreek, Coffman, Olentangy or Talawanda.

Of note: The Celtics are 23-10-1.


Last Friday -- Lost to Olentangy Orange 4-3 in first round of district tournament. A.J. Levell scored two goals and Taylor Capps had one.

Of note: The Irish finished 4-28-2.