The Dublin Jerome High School hockey team will enter the toughest stretch of its Capital Hockey Conference schedule this weekend.

The Dublin Jerome High School hockey team will enter the toughest stretch of its Capital Hockey Conference schedule this weekend.

The Celtics face Dublin Coffman on Friday, Jan. 27, Cincinnati Moeller on Saturday, Jan. 28, and Olentangy Liberty on Sunday, Jan. 29, with all three games being held at Chiller Dublin.

Coach Pat Murphy said how well the Celtics fare this weekend could make or break their chances of winning the CHC-Red Division. Jerome is first in the CHC-Red at 9-1-1-1 (20 points), ahead of Olentangy Liberty (8-2, 16), Moeller (7-2-0-2, 16), Coffman (7-4-1, 15) and St. Charles (7-6, 14).

"We have three big games in a row against competitive teams and we're going to have to play well to have a chance to win each of these games," Murphy said. "Our league is winding down and all of the teams are bunched close together in the standings. If we play well and get good results, we'll be in the driver's seat. If we don't play well and don't earn many points this weekend, we could fall out of first pretty quickly."

Jerome is 1-0-1 against Coffman this season, winning 5-3 on Nov. 27 and playing to a 1-all tie in a league game Jan. 22.

The Celtics outshot the Shamrocks 40-19 in the latter contest, but fell behind in the first period when Coffman forward Gunner Gruehl scored.

Joe Davison tied the game at 1 with a short-handed goal early in the third period, but Coffman goaltender Kyle Burich made several of his 39 saves in the third period and overtime to keep the score tied.

"I don't think I'd change a whole lot about how we played against Coffman this last time, other than to shore up some defensive mistakes that gave them some odd-man rushes," Murphy said.

"We outshot Coffman by 20-some shots and we had some unbelievable chances. Give Burich credit because he made some good saves, but missing scoring chances has been our issue for most of this season, and we're working hard to change that."

Jerome is 2-1 against Liberty this season, winning 5-3 on Dec. 11 and losing 3-0 on Jan. 16 in non-league games and winning 4-2 in a CHC game on Jan. 21.

"Beating Liberty for those two league points was big," Murphy said. "It was a very even game, where they outshot us 30-28. We won because our goalie (Wes Faulkenberry) outplayed their goalie (Eddie Arcy). I wouldn't change much about how we played Liberty. We just need to continue to play hard in all three zones and to be responsible with the puck."

The Celtics are 1-0 against Moeller this season, winning 4-3 in overtime in a league game on Jan. 6. Jeff Davison and Alex Cathis each had a goal and an assist, Matt Burke and Jake Burns each had a goal and Lucas Brush had two assists.

"Moeller's got a very good team, too," Murphy said. "We're going to try to get all four of our (forward) lines going to wear these teams down. Our goaltending has been terrific and we'll need our defense to continue to play well. If we can finish our scoring chances, I like our chances of being successful this weekend."

•Having started 1-9 in league play, Scioto is well out of the race for the CHC-Blue championship.

But considering the Irish are 11-11-1 overall, coach Chad Ellis said they still have plenty of reasons to remain motivated.

Scioto has league games against Watterson on Friday, Jan. 27, at Chiller Easton, Worthington Kilbourne on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Chiller Dublin and DeSales on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Chiller Easton. In earlier league games, the Irish beat Watterson 5-1 on Jan. 20, but lost to DeSales 6-0 on Jan. 18 and lost to Kilbourne 3-1 on Jan. 21.

"We've got double-digit wins for the first time since (going 12-15-3 during) the 2006-07 season and we're trying to win more games than we won that year," Ellis said.

"We're also trying to become the first Dublin Scioto team to finish above .500, which would be a huge accomplishment for our program. All three of these games are within our reach. We just need to play like we did in Toledo."

Scioto went 4-0 to win the MLK tournament held Jan. 13-15 at Toledo Ice House.

The Irish opened with a 3-2 shootout victory over Cincinnati Elder on Jan. 13. The shootout required six extra rounds to be completed after the score was tied at 1 after three rounds.

In the shootout, goalie Chris Beatty gave up only two goals against nine shooters and Fletcher Wentworth scored the deciding goal in the ninth round.

The next day, Scioto beat Perrysburg 4-3 in a shootout, as Grant Noppenberger scored three goals during regulation and Zach Vallette scored the only goal in the shootout. Goalie Christian Rice had 45 saves during regulation and stopped all three shooters in the shootout.

Later that evening, the Irish beat Toledo Ottawa Hills 6-3, as defenseman Scott Carter scored three goals and Beatty had 38 saves.

In the championship game on Jan. 15, Scioto defeated Perrysburg 4-2, as Noppenberger, Vallette, Reece Harter and Tyler Smoot each had a goal and Beatty had 28 saves.

"We played some of our best hockey of the year there, and that was definitely the highlight of our season thus far," Ellis said. "Our guys showed a lot of heart to win those shootouts the way they did, and it was nice to bring home a championship trophy."