Two area high school hockey teams came together as one last Friday to honor a fallen teammate and friend.

Two area high school hockey teams came together as one last Friday to honor a fallen teammate and friend.

Dominic Gregory, a 15-year-old sophomore member of the St. Charles Preparatory School junior varsity team, died Oct. 13 and was honored in a pregame ceremony at The Dispatch Ice Haus before a Capital Hockey Conference contest between Thomas Worthington and St. Charles.

Both teams wore a sticker with the No. 17 - Gregory's jersey number - on their helmets.

Thomas coach Don Harper said the loss was not just felt by the St. Charles hockey family, but by the area's entire hockey community.

"Hockey is a fraternity. When you're on the ice, you can battle it out, but even if you lose a kid from another team, it's like a loss to your team," Harper said. "Because of that, the kids sent flowers and cards to the family and got stickers to wear on our helmets to honor Dominic."

St. Charles coach Art Roehrenbeck was touched by the gesture from Thomas.

"We've been talking about it and the pregame ceremony was nice and it was a way for us to have some closure," he said. "That was a class act what Thomas Worthington did with wanting to be a part of this and wearing stickers on their helmets. It shows that regardless of the opposition, we are forming bonds that will last a lifetime."

The teams played to a 3-all tie, with St. Charles scoring the tying goal with seven-tenths of a second remaining to send the game into overtime.

Graham Dolven scored the tying goal, redirecting a slap shot by Eric Cooke past Thomas goaltender Jonathan Highley.

"That was as good of a hockey game (last Friday) as I have seen in a while," said Harper, whose team is 6-5-2 overall and 2-0-1 in the CHC.

"Both teams played hard and clean and it was just fun to watch. It would have been better if we could of held them off at the end (of the third period), but it was a great game."

Harrison Cohan, Shane Hartlaub and Riley Mahoney scored for Thomas and Highley had 18 saves. Thomas outshot St. Charles 27-21.

Last Saturday, the Cardinals successfully defended the Champps Cup with a 6-0 shutout of Worthington Kilbourne at Chiller North.

Thomas won 2-1 last season after Kilbourne won 3-0 in 2009. The Wolves are 7-4-3 against the Cardinals in the last 13 meetings, but the Cardinals lead the overall series 16-12-4 since the teams gained varsity status in the 1998-99 season.

The teams tied at 3 on Dec. 4 in the Kilbourne Wolves Invitational, but Hartlaub scored three goals last Saturday to propel the Cardinals to the victory.

"We all remembered tying them and that really got us up for this game," Hartlaub said. "We were ready to play from the start and that made a difference."

Hartlaub had two first-period goals, with the first coming 1:17 into the game.

His second goal came with 6:16 left in the opening period. He scored his third to complete the hat trick with 6:16 left in the second period.

Cohan also scored in the second period, and Nick Highley and Graham Nadler each scored in the third. Highley had 15 saves.

ĽKilbourne was 1-9-1 overall and 0-4 in the CHC after losing to Thomas last Saturday and losing to St. Charles 10-0 last Sunday.

"It's a matter of skills development," coach Tom Erlenbusch said. "This game takes 10 years to learn. You can't just pick up a stick at 14 and expect to play well right away. We're still learning to play hockey."

Goaltender Joe Fischer had 22 saves against Thomas and 16 against St. Charles. Jim Day added eight saves last Sunday.

"They are trying to execute what we are teaching them," Erlenbusch said.

"It has been tough to keep up with teams that have higher skill sets than we have."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Kilbourne and Thomas hockey teams:


*Dec. 11 - Lost to Cincinnati Moeller 8-1 in CHC opener. Austin Taylor scored and Joe Fischer had 49 saves.

*Dec. 12 - Lost to Olentangy Orange 5-1. Joey Jacob scored and Fischer had 23 saves.

*Last Saturday - Lost to Thomas 6-0

*Last Sunday - Lost to St. Charles 10-0

*Jan. 1 - Gahanna at Chiller Easton

*Jan. 2 - Dublin Scioto at Chiller Dublin

*Jan. 8 - Dublin Jerome at Chiller Dublin

Of note: The Wolves are 1-9-1 overall and 0-4 in the CHC.


*Dec. 9 - Defeated Gahanna 3-0 in CHC opener. Shane Hartlaub, Graham Nadler and Brett McCarthy scored and Jonathan Highley had 22 saves.

Dec. 10 - Def. Cleveland Benedictine 5-3. Jimmy Danko scored two goals and Harrison Cohan, Kyle Gratz and Hartlaub each scored one. Sean Lima had 29 saves.

Dec. 11 - Def. Avon Lake 4-0 and lost to Parma Heights Holy Name 6-2. Against Avon Lake, Hartlaub scored two goals, Brett McCarthy and Tommy Pischel each scored one and Highley had 13 saves. Hartlaub and Nick Highley scored against Holy Name.

*Last Friday - Tied St. Charles at 3

*Last Saturday - Def. Kilbourne 6-0

*Dec. 30 - Olentangy Liberty at Chiller Ice Works

*Dec. 31 - Jerome at Chiller North

*Jan. 1 - Watterson at Chiller Easton

*Jan. 2 - DeSales at Chiller Easton

*Jan. 9 - Cincinnati Moeller at Cincinnati Gardens

Of note: The Cardinals are 6-5-2 overall and 2-0-1 in the CHC.

*CHC game