In an quite literally hard to believe series of events the Beavercreek Varsity Hockey team defeated the Lousiville Trinity Shamrocks 5-2 in a game that almost became a sub-plot during a surreal late night Friday January 30. The game, scheduled for a 10pm start at the Kettering Rec Center, was about to begin with another FANtastic crowd of nearly 300 and the zamboni was on it’s last pass heading off the ice when it flamed up from near the bottom of the machine. Quite fortunately the zamboni driver was not hurt and the small fire that continued was quickly extinguished. As players already in their gear and spectators watched on it was determined that the game could not be played, and in an amazingly magnanimous gesture (particularly at 11pm on a Friday night) Nick Poe, the owner and operator of South Metro Sports, and his staff offered to stay open after their normal closing time and allow the game to be played at his facility. Over 100 of the FANtastic die-hard crowd all then caravanned to Centerville for the resumption of the game. (Editor’s Note: If you are not familiar with ice hockey and it’s culture, this evening and everyone involved with making this game come about was an excellent example of what makes the hockey community so special. Hat’s off to Nick Poe, everyone at South Metro Sports, the referees who without complaint drove to another rink, and all the fans and supporters who made the trip to support the players and the game itself.)
In a supercharged atmosphere the Battling Beavers played a fired-up game and led the entire way. Senior Jake Weideling broke the all-time Beavercreek season points record formerly held by Matt Green (2006-2010) with a goal early in the game. He then added another goal later in the game to add to his record.
Beavercreek plays Alter today at 3:30pm at South Metro. Plan on coming out to support the Beavers!