The Westerville club hockey team hadn't been at full strength all season because of a slew of injuries and illnesses.

The Westerville club hockey team hadn't been at full strength all season because of a slew of injuries and illnesses.

That finally changed last weekend when defenseman Travis Furman returned from a broken collarbone that caused him to miss 17 games and defenseman Jacob Hardy returned from a broken foot and concussion, which combined to make him miss 23 games.

With a full roster, the Warcats traveled to South Bend, Ind., where they dominated a four-team tournament.

Westerville outshot its opponents by a combined 142-20 en route to beating the Mid-Valley (Ind.) Rampage Blue 3-1 on Jan. 16, the Naperville (Ill.) North Huskies 7-3 on Jan. 17 and the Mid-Valley Rampage Green 5-1 on Jan. 18.

The Warcats are 11-15-8 overall and 5-9-4 in the Greater Columbus High School Club Hockey League.

"Having everyone back has helped a lot and we're coming together and playing better as a team," forward Nick Orioli said. "We stepped it up a lot and dominated this tournament. The scores could have been a lot worse than they were because their goalies made a lot of saves. I hope the way we played in this tournament carries over to the rest of the season."

The Warcats have six games remaining on their league schedule, including against Hilliard on Friday, Jan. 23, at the Chiller North.

Hilliard beat Westerville 5-4 on Nov. 8 and the teams tied at 2 on Jan. 11.

Westerville is sixth in the seven-team GCHSCHL with 14 points, behind Dayton (12-3-1, 25 points), Northeast (11-6-3, 25), PHA (9-6-3, 21), Hilliard (8-5-3, 19) and Newark (8-6-2, 18) and ahead of Athens (0-18, 0).

The top four teams advance to the state tournament.

"We're still on the outside looking in, so we'll need to win at least five or our last six league games to qualify for state," coach Brad Bloomberg said. "We're kind of in playoff mode right now. It all starts with our game against Hilliard because they're one of the teams we need to catch and that game will be played on our senior night.

"Our chemistry and leadership has been real good and we've come so far from where we started. We're also healthy for the first time, which has allowed us to play three full forward lines lately."

Leading the team in scoring are Hunter Fortin (35 goals, 15 assists), Orioli (24 goals, 9 assists), Vincent Murdock (18 goals, 14 assists), Victor Runyon (17 goals, 7 assists), Evan Ingram (14 goals, 6 assists), Nathan Vititoe (7 goals, 6 assists) and Connor Thompson (6 goals, 6 assists).

Parker Rodgers and Cole Thomas have been the top goaltenders. Rodgers is 6-7-3 and Thomas is 4-4-1.

"Hunter Fortin is really talented and he's a phenomenal forward," Bloomberg said. "Vincent Murdock quarterbacks our power play and he's solid in the back. Nick Olson has been a great utility person for us, as he's effective as a forward and a defender."