Dublin Coffman High School hockey coach Darcy Cahill said it's always a big deal when his team plays Jerome in a Capital Hockey Conference game.

Dublin Coffman High School hockey coach Darcy Cahill said it's always a big deal when his team plays Jerome in a Capital Hockey Conference game.

What makes the showdown between the Shamrocks and Celtics on Friday, Jan. 30, at Chiller Dublin even more special, Cahill said, is that it is the second-annual Do It For Daron contest, which raises awareness about youth mental health issues.

"We've been rivals with Jerome for a lot of years and, when you throw in the fact that this game is for a worthwhile cause, it really makes it a huge event within the Dublin hockey community," Cahill said.

The game benefits the foundation established by former Blue Jackets player Luke Richardson in memory of his daughter, Daron, who committed suicide at age 14 in November 2010.

The DIFD foundation's mission is to raise awareness, inspire conversations and transform youth mental health.

Last year, the DIFD game between Coffman and Jerome raised more than $3,000 through donations and a silent auction. The funds were shared with DIFD and three local mental health agencies.

Coffman will wear purple -- Daron's favorite color -- jerseys and Jerome will wear white jerseys in the game, and Blue Jackets senior vice president and general counsel Greg Kirstein will drop the ceremonial first puck.

"It's nice to raise awareness and money for such an important cause," Jerome coach Pat Murphy said. "Some of our seniors played youth travel hockey with Daron, so this event means a lot to them."

Coffman is 1-0-1 against Jerome this season. The teams tied at 5 in a CHC game Dec. 7 and the Shamrocks beat the Celtics 2-1 in a non-league game Dec. 12.

The Shamrocks are 13-8-2 overall and 7-3-1-1 in the CHC after losing to St. Charles 4-2 on Jan. 25.

"Jerome is three lines deep and has good goaltending," Cahill said. "We need to stick to the system we have in place. We had 11 penalties to St. Charles' one penalty, so we need to learn from our mistakes and be more disciplined."

The Celtics are 19-6-2 overall and 7-2-2 in CHC after beating Watterson 10-0 on Jan. 23.

"Coffman has some good players and has improved again this season," Murphy said. "The team that makes fewer mistakes will win."

Coffman and Jerome are tied for third in the CHC-Red with 16 points each behind St. Charles (11-0, 22) and Olentangy Orange (9-2, 18) and ahead of Olentangy Liberty (5-5-1, 11). The Shamrocks have four league games remaining, while Jerome, Liberty, Orange and St. Charles each has five left.

Jerome also has league games Saturday, Jan. 31, against St. Charles and Sunday, Feb. 1, against Liberty. Both games will be played at Chiller Dublin.

Chris Cathis (8 goals, 9 assists) leads the Celtics in scoring in league games, followed by Coleman Mitchell (7 goals, 10 assists), Daniel Dodson (7 goals, 5 assists) and Jonathan Kinkopf (3 goals, 8 assists). Dillon Miller also has eight goals in CHC play.

Also in league play, goalie Nicholas Lane is 4-0-1 with a 1.24 GAA and a .914 save percentage and Connor Willette is 3-2-1 with a 1.84 GAA and an .895 save percentage.

"I don't know if anyone can catch St. Charles at this point, but this is a big weekend where we can solidify ourselves near the top of the standings in our league," Murphy said. "We've given up more than three goals only once this entire season, which is evidence that we're playing great defense and have great goaltending.

"We've had trouble scoring against some of the better teams we've played, so finishing is going to be our focus over the rest of the regular season."

Coffman has CHC games Saturday, Jan. 31, against Liberty at Chiller North and Sunday, Feb. 1, against St. Charles at Chiller Dublin.

Alex Schepflin (10 goals, 11 assists) leads the Shamrocks in scoring in league games, followed by Thomas Tate (12 goals, 6 assists), Kyle Talebi (7 goals, 5 assists), Ryon Malas (2 goals, 9 assists) and Mathew Riley (5 goals, 4 assists).

Grant Powell is 5-4-1 with a 2.60 GAA and a .914 save percentage in goal in CHC games. His backup, Brian Hoover, is 2-0 with a 2.65 GAA and an .800 save percentage.

"When you look at the top six teams in our league, anyone can beat anyone," Cahill said. "We're treating every league game as a playoff game right now, because we want to stay out of last place in our division."

Irish win first CHCgame in three years

Scioto beat Thomas Worthington 8-4 on Jan. 24 to snap a 48-game losing streak in CHC play.

The Irish's previous league win came against Watterson, 5-4 in overtime Jan. 27, 2012.

Scioto lost to Gahanna 11-1 on Jan. 25 to drop to 5-18 and 1-10. Wils Hutras scored and goalie Tim Sizemore had 24 saves.