Dublin Coffman High school hockey coach Perry Pooley isn't sure if his forward lines are going to be as deep or productive as last season.

Dublin Coffman High school hockey coach Perry Pooley isn't sure if his forward lines are going to be as deep or productive as last season.

The Shamrocks lost five of their top nine scorers to graduation in Chris Ridgway (47 goals, 34 assists), Matt Zacharias (three goals, 36 assists), Andy O'Brien (nine goals, 27 assists), Jordan Edmonds (16 goals, 20 assists) and Ryan Cohagen (11 goals, nine assists).

Those athletes played a major role in helping Coffman finish 32-5-5 overall, win the Adam Allgeyer Tournament for a third consecutive year, win their third Capital Hockey Conference title of the past five years, win their third Blue Jackets Cup title of the past six years and advanced to the district final for the first time since 2005.

But even if the Shamrocks don't score as many goals as they did last season, Pooley is optimistic that his defense and goalkeeping will keep them competitive in most games.

Coffman will open at the Midwest Thanksgiving Classic on Friday through Sunday at the Dublin Chiller. On Friday, the Shamrocks face Strongsville, before playing Cincinnati Sycamore and Olentangy on Saturday. Coffman plays Sunday against an opponent to be determined

"We lost of a lot of firepower, depth and leadership," Pooley said. "I don't know if we're going to be able to replace the scoring we lost, but the cupboard isn't bare because we're going to be very good on the blue line and we have the best goalkeeper in the area in (senior) Alex Rogers. The game plan is to play great defense and beat the better teams on our schedule in low-scoring games."

Last season, Rogers went 17-3-4 with nine shutouts, a 93.2 save percentage (517 saves on 555 shots) and a 1.58 goals-against average to earn first-team all-CHC honors.

Junior Colin Eberhart and sophomore Nathan Schuman will back up Rogers in goal for a second consecutive season.

Five of Coffman's top six defensemen have returned in senior Evan Bowdy (14 goals, 22 assists), and juniors David Latshaw, Matt Smith (two goals, 25 assists), Gregory Strine and Stephen Panchyshyn.

The Shamrocks' blue line will be bolstered by the addition of senior Robbie Marietti, junior Matt Terry and sophomore Mason Cessna.

Bowdy was honorable mention all-league a year ago.

"We've got a lot of experience back there, and the new players we're adding to our blue line have a lot of experience," Pooley said.

Playing forward for Coffman are seniors Tyler Anderson, Alex Minardo, A.J. Early, Jared Nagel, Brian Sweet and Joel Myatt, junior Sam O'Brien, sophomores Erie Gute, Nick Kreber and Kevin Putnam, and freshmen Ian Flinders and Gunner Gruehl.

Last season, Sam O'Brien scored 28 goals and 32 assists to be named honorable mention all-league, while Putnam had 19 goals and 11 assists.

"We've got a lot of forwards and we just need to make sure we develop at least three strong lines," Pooley said. "Ian, Eric and Gunner have played AAA hockey in the past so they're good new additions, but we need our guys from last year to step up and help fill those holes."

Coffman enjoyed its best overall season a year ago.

The Shamrocks got out to a 10-1-1 start, beating Cincinnati Sycamore 3-1 in the final of the Adam Allgeyer Tournament along the way.

After going 0-2-1 during the first three days of the Lakewood St. Edward Classic Tournament, Coffman put together a 20-game undefeated streak that began with a 3-2 victory over Parma Padua Franciscan and concluded with a 7-0 route of Olentangy Orange.

With the victory over Orange, the Shamrocks won the CHC regular-season title with a 15-0-1 mark, 31 points ahead of Olentangy Liberty (15-1, 30), Jerome (13-2-1, 27), Olentangy (10-6, 20), Worthington Kilbourne (8-7-0-1, 17), Gahanna (8-8, 16), St. Charles (7-8-0-1, 15), DeSales (6-10, 12), Upper Arlington (6-8-1-1, 12), Thomas Worthington (4-10-1-1, 10), Olentangy Orange (2-13-0-1, 5) and Scioto (0-15-0-1, 1).

Cincinnati Moeller and Watterson have joined the CHC this year.

The Shamrocks won the Blue Jackets Cup tournament, beating Upper Arlington 4-0, defeating Jerome 4-0 and downing Liberty 2-0.

Coffman is the only team that's won CHC and Blue Jackets Cup titles in the same season, after also doing it in 2005.

"Moeller's a good team and they should contend for the league and Blue Jackets Cup championships," Pooley said. "Jerome, us and Liberty should be in the mix, too."

The Shamrocks opened the district tournament with a 4-0 victory over Troy, before pounding Olentangy 5-0.

Coffman downed Oxford Talawanda 3-0 in a semifinal, as Ridgway scored twice, Edwards scored and Rogers made 35 saves for his sixth consecutive shutout.

But the Shamrocks lost to Centerville 5-3 in the final, after the Elk rallied from a 3-1 second-period deficit.

"We could have won state last year, but we just missed it by one period of hockey," Pooley said.

"We have the potential to compete for a district title again. It will come down to how hungry we are, because we need to be a hard-working team."

Coffman's Kevin Putnam (left) and Evan Bowdy chase after the puck during practice Nov. 19. A year ago, Putnam had 19 goals and 11 assists.

At a glance

•Coach: Perry Pooley, eighth season

•Opener: Friday vs. Strongsville at Dublin Chiller

•Key players: Evan Bowdy, Sam O'Brien, Kevin Putnam, Alex Rogers and Matt Smith


Nov. 27 vs. Strongsville at Midwest Thanksgiving Classic (Chiller Dublin)

Nov. 28 vs. Cincinnati Sycamore and Olentangy at Midwest Thanksgiving Classic (Chiller Dublin)

Nov. 29 vs. opponent to be determined at Midwest Thanksgiving Classic (Chiller Dublin)

*Dec. 4 vs. Upper Arlington (Dispatch Ice Haus)

*Dec. 5 vs. Jerome (Chiller Dublin)

*Dec. 6 vs. Scioto (Chiller Dublin)

Dec. 11 vs. Freemont at Adam Allgeyer Tournament (Chiller North)

Dec. 12 vs. Cincinnati Sycamore and Solon at Adam Allgeyer Tournament (Chiller Dublin)

*Dec. 18 vs. Gahanna (Chiller Dublin)

Dec. 19 vs. Findlay (The Cube)

*Dec. 20 vs. Watterson (Chiller Dublin)

Dec. 26-28 at Lakewood St. Edward Classic Tournament (Winter Hurst)

*Jan. 2 vs. Olentangy Orange (Chiller Dublin)

Jan. 3 vs. Troy (Hobart Arena)

*Jan. 8 vs. Olentangy (Chiller Dublin)

Jan. 9 vs. Cincinnati Moeller (Chiller Dublin)

*Jan. 10 vs. Gahanna (Chiller Easton)

Jan. 15-18 at MLK Tournament (Chiller North)

*Jan. 23 vs. DeSales (Chiller Easton)

Jan. 24 vs. Bowling Green (Bowling Green State University)

*Jan. 30 vs. Worthington Kilbourne (Chiller Dublin)

*Jan. 31 vs. Olentangy Liberty (Chiller North)

*Feb. 5 vs. Thomas Worthington (Chiller Dublin)

Feb. 6 vs. Oxford Talawanda (Goggin Arena)

*Feb. 7 vs. St. Charles (Chiller Dublin)

Feb. 12-14 - Blue Jackets Cup (Dispatch Ice Haus)

*CHC game