Beavercreek faced off against the Troy Trojans Friday night at South Metro for what was their first of three games in Mayor’s Cup play. Creek was ready to go at the drop of the puck and struck first when Marshal Enfield took a clearing pass from Alex Folga and beat the Trojans’ net minder on a nice wrist shot. Later on in the first, the Beavers patience on the power play resulted in a point blank goal by Cole Gutterman that was assisted by Mason Mikesch and PJ Kosir. Not to be outdone, a minute later Mikesch stole a clearing pass, danced his way in front of the net, and buried a shot past the keeper to give the Beavers a 3-0 lead. Moments later Creek appeared to get another goal, but it was nullified on a high sticking penalty. The Trojans’ capitalized on the ensuing power play, cutting the Beavers lead to 3-1 at the end of the first.
Early in the second, Creek found themselves on a 3-on-1 break which resulted in Mikesch lighting the lamp off a centering pass from Gutterman. Late in the second Thomas Bush’s relentless work in the corner enabled Tanner King to sneak past the defense and bury a pass from Bush past the keeper, giving the Beavers a 5-1 lead at the break.
The Trojans’ got a power play goal early in the third, but shortly after that Enfield blocked a Trojans’ shot, gathered the puck and then out raced the Trojans’ defense on his way to the net, where he beat the goal tender 5-hole. Less than a minute later, a cycling pass from Kosir around the net to Gutterman found Mikesch in front of the net for a bang-bang goal and gave Mikesch a hat trick on the night. A minute later, the Beavers found themselves on the power play again and this time passes from Braden Cox to Joey Duford resulted in a backhanded point blank shot from Bush, pushing out Creek’s lead to 8-2. Kevin Bovair was between the pipes for the Beavers and he turned away 19 shots on the night. Freshman Ben Duford entered late in the third, but Creek’s relentless defense did not allow him to face a shot. Next up the Beavers is another SWOSHL affair, this time against the Centerville Elks Saturday night at 7 PM at South Metro. This game will be live streamed on the Elks YouTube channel by Lee Mowen.