Dublin Coffman High School hockey coach Darcy Cahill has been pleased with his team's early season progress.

Dublin Coffman High School hockey coach Darcy Cahill has been pleased with his team's early season progress.

The Shamrocks won three of four games in the Adam Allgeyer Memorial Showcase held Dec. 10-13 at Chiller Dublin, finishing third behind champion Olentangy Liberty (4-0) and runner-up St. Charles (3-1).

"The kids are definitely coming together and we're figuring out how to win," Cahill said.

"We've had our moments this year. We have to be prepared for every game."

Coffman is 7-4 overall and 1-2 in the Capital Hockey Conference as it prepares to play DeSales on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Chiller Dublin.

The Shamrocks closed the Allgeyer tournament by defeating Bowling Green 3-2 in overtime Dec. 13 as Alex Scheplin scored the winning goal.

Coffman opened the event by defeating Jerome 3-1 on Dec. 10. After losing to St. Charles 2-1 on Dec. 11, the Shamrocks rebounded to beat Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern 8-2 on Dec. 12 and Bowling Green.

"The kids worked hard and it was a hard-fought game," Cahill said of the win over Jerome. "Every game this year is going to be hard-fought. You have to be ready for everybody because all the schools are getting better."

With the win over Jerome, the Shamrocks avenged a 4-1 loss to the Celtics in a CHC contest Dec. 6. The teams will meet again Jan. 13 at Chiller Dublin.

Matthew Riley leads the Shamrocks in scoring with 11 goals and seven assists for 18 points, followed by Luke Babner with eight points and Zach Shemancik with seven points.

Grant Powell and Brian Hoover have shared goaltending duties.

Celtics looking to bounce back

Jerome will look to bounce back from a 1-3 record in the Allgeyer tournament when it plays St. Charles on Friday, Dec. 18, at Chiller Dublin in a CHC contest.

The Celtics, who lost to the Cardinals 2-1 on Dec. 12 in the Allgeyer tournament, are 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the league.

"I'm not unhappy," coach Pat Murphy said. "We're playing hard. We didn't played well against Coffman (Dec. 10) and I was really disappointed with that. Other than that, we have played well. It's just showing that we lack experience (at the) varsity (level) and we're making mistakes and not taking advantage of opportunities."

Jerome's lone win in the Allgeyer tournament came against Hamilton Southeastern, 5-0 on Dec. 11. The Celtics outshot Hilliard 38-14, but lost 3-1 in their final game of the event.

Evan Walters leads Jerome in scoring with seven goals and eight assists (15 points), followed by James Fischer and Jonathan Kinkopf with eight.

Jack Richey and Harrison Graff have split time in goal.

"We're a young team and we're going to get better," Murphy said. "We're working hard and the kids are staying positive. The results aren't there yet, but we're pleased with the performance part. We're just not pleased with the results."