Beavercreek was back on the ice Sunday afternoon at the Kettering Rec Center for a match up against the Indian Hills Rangers. It was Faculty Appreciation Day for the Beavers as they paid tribute those who have helped make them be the best possible students and people that they can become. It was truly a festive day at the rink where both Santa and Bucky were on hand, giving out treats to the good little girls and boys.
The Beavers got things going midway through the first period when Marshal Enfield took a clearing pass from Thomas Bush and snuck a rising wrist shot over the goal tenders shoulder, giving Creek a 1-0 lead. The Beavers kept the pressure on, however, even though they out shot the Rangers 28-2 for the first two periods, Creek still only had a 1-0 lead at the intermission.
The visitors opened up the third period with a goal of their own, tying the game at one. However, midway through the third period during a power play opportunity Mason Mikesch gathered the puck around the Rangers’ net, curled in front and beat the goal tender top shelf glove side, giving the Beavers back the lead. In the waning seconds of the game, Creek took a hooking penalty and the Rangers pulled their goalie to give themselves a 6-on-4 advantage. During the frantic closing seconds, Enfield was able to backhand a Rangers pass from the Beavers own blue line to an awaiting Mikesch, who in turn put the biscuit in the basket from the red line for an empty net goal. At this point, Creek had assumed control and held on for the 3-1 victory. Kevin Bovair and Ben Duford split the time between the pipes for the Beavers. The Creek net minders did not see a whole lotta shots on the day, however, Freshman Duford got credited with his first Beavercreek Varsity Hockey victory.
Next up for the Beavers is a three game stint next weekend at the Mayor’s Cup, which will be held at South Metro Sports. First up for Creek is a game Friday night at 9 PM against Troy. Come out next weekend and support your Battlin’ Beavers!