The Westerville club hockey team wrapped up its season by competing in its second consecutive Buckeye Cup.

The Warcats played in the 12-team state tournament March 6 and 7 at OBM Arena in Strongsville, going 0-3 in pool play.

Seventh-seeded Westerville opened with a 3-2 shootout loss to sixth-seeded Medina on March 6 before losing to the top-seeded Cincinnati Swords 4-0 and the 12th-seeded Miami Junior RedHawks 2-1 on March 7 to finish 12-20-6 overall.

"It was very tough, very emotional," said senior forward Nicholas Frissora, who attends Westerville Central. "All the boys were pretty sad that the year was done."

Sophomore forwards Cullen Hassel (Central) and Sedric Cowans (Reynoldsburg) scored against Medina. The game was decided after 10 rounds of a shootout.

Senior forward Nathaniel Priedeman (Central) scored against Miami.

Last season, Westerville went 1-2 in pool play at state.

The Warcats went 4-10-4 with 12 points in the Ohio Scholastic Hockey League to finish sixth behind champion Newark (32, 15-1-2).

In the league tournament, known as the Blue Jackets Cup, sixth-seeded Westerville lost to third-seeded Dayton 3-1 in the first round Feb. 21.

"It was a pretty good season, but we all thought we could have done a little bit more," Frissora said. "Overall, it ended up being a pretty good season. We had a lot of fun."

Frissora said a 3-2 win over Dayton on Feb. 15 was a highlight of the season.

Other players eligible to return are juniors Bryce Beaty (forward, Westerville South), Daniel Bridge (forward, Westerville North), Aidan Mukavetz (goaltender, South), Andrew Reisinger (defenseman, Central), Santo Scillia (forward, South) and Alex Snyder (forward, North) and sophomore Caleb Bussey (forward, Reynoldsburg).

"Everyone was happy with our performance this season, but it could have ended better for us," said senior defenseman Joshua South, who attends Central.

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