Beavercreek put their undefeated SWOHSHL league play streak on the line Friday night as they faced off against the Talawanda Braves at Goggin Arena. Creek has been rolling through league play this season (unlike their team bus that almost broke down on the way to the rink), but going up against the Braves and their 6-1 SWOHSHL record was going to be a true test. The Beavers drew first blood early in the contest when Mason Mikesch gathered a rebound from an errant Braves shot, skated through the neutral zone, and buried a shot over the keeper’s shoulder. The Braves answered later in the first with a goal of their own, and the game was tied at 1-1 at the break.
The scored remained tied until late in the second period the Beavers found themselves with a power play opportunity. After working the puck around the Braves zone, Cole Gutterman found PJ Kosir alone at the top of the circles, and Kosir beat the goal tender low glove side, giving Creek a 2-1 advantage. Unfortunately, a minute after that the Braves responded to tie the game again. However, on the ensuing face off after a short scramble for the puck Mikesch picked up the puck outside of the blue line, raced past the Braves’ defenseman, and beat their net minder with a nifty backhand shot, giving the Beavers a 3-2 lead at the intermission.
The Beavers kept the pedal to the medal and early in the third period, Max Pezzot collected a clearing pass from Kosir, skated through the neutral zone and made a tape to tape pass to wide open Mikesch, who then lit the lamp with a wrist shot that beat the Braves’ goal tender top shelf glove side. Later in the third, Creek was once again on the power play and once again Kosir connected; this time on a shot from the top of the circles that deflected off of a Braves defenseman’s stick, giving the Beavers a commanding 5-2 lead. Talawanda, however, would not go quietly. They had a power play with over 6 minutes remaining and pulled their goal tender to increase their advantage, but could not score. They did get another tally late in the third with their goal tender pulled, but Tanner King put the game out of reach when he scored an empty net goal with a little more than a minute remaining in the game. Kevin Bovair was spectacular between the pipes for the Beavers and he turned away 38 shots on the night.
Beavercreek is now 8-0 in SWOHSHL play and only one win away from clinching the Gold Division title! They have a chance to do it Saturday night when they face the La Salle Lancers at 10 PM at the Kettering Rec Center. Come on out a cheer your Beavers to victory!!