Beavercreek opened the Winter Classic Tourney with a 2-1 victory over Gahanna Lincoln. Creek’s only scores of the game came off the stick of Junior Thomas Bush. The alternate captain drilled home one even strength and one power play goal to go up 2-0 after one period. The Lions got on the board with a goal in the second period to put the score 2-1. Junior Goalie Ben Duford kept the Lions out of the net for the rest of the game to secure the 2-1 victory. Creek is back in action tomorrow morning at 0700 against Northern Kentucky.
Beavercreek defended their title and kept the Mayor’s Cup in their trophy case for the second consecutive year with a 5-2 victory over Alter. The game’s first goal came off the stick of Junior Thomas Bush and was soon followed by another from Sophomore Riley Hanson to put Creek up 2-0 after one period.
The second period started much like the first with two more goals by Bush and Riley. The first goal came courtesy of the two alternate captains with Bush scoring off an assist from Senior Joe Bordas. The second goal came unassisted from Riley Hanson after drawing the goalie to one side. This put the Beavers up 4-0. Alter got on the board with a power play goal. Creek went into the ice cut with a 4-1 victory.
The Beavers found the back of the net once more in the third period with Sophomore Joe Martin scoring off an assist from Freshman Alex Elsner. The final goal of the game came from Alter halfway through the period. The Creek defense and Junior Goalie Ben Duford held strong the rest of the game even as Alter pulled their goalie. Well done Creek!
Your Battling Beavers played without two defensemen, started off a little rusty, but finished off the Troy Trojans Friday night with an 8-2 victory behind a hat trick from Sophomore Joey Donahue. The Trojans drew first blood on a power play goal early in the first period that bounced over Junior Goalie, Ben Duford. That was the only puck to sneak by Ben during his time on the ice. Junior Thomas Bush drilled home an unassisted goal (his 14th of the season) with ten minutes left in the period to even up the score. With the first period winding down, it looked like the teams would enter the break all tied up. That changed with less than five seconds left in the period when Joey Donahue scored on a rebound (his 3rd of the season) to put the Beavers up 2-1.
The second period was all Beavers with no Troy puck finding the back of the net. Thomas Bush got his second goal of the game with 1234 left in the period off a nifty backhand. The next score of the period came off the stick of Joey Donahue (his second of the game) with 220 left in the period. The Beavers went into the locker room for the ice cut with a 4-1 lead.
The third period started with the Beavers on the power play and Freshman Ian Champagne between the pipes. Sophomore Riley Hanson scored as the power play was winding down to put Creek up 5-1. Sophomore Ethan Webb drilled home a blue line shot from a faceoff won by Freshman Alex Elsner with 1120 left. Joey D secured his hat trick with a power play goal at 819 left in the game. The eighth unanswered Beaver goal came on a power play goal from Sophomore Riley Hanson with 630 left in the game. Troy scored the final goal of the game with 435 left in the game.
The Beavers secured the 8-2 win over the Trojans going into Sunday’s matchup with the Alter Knights.
Creek came out swinging and never looked back in Saturday’s 5-1 victory over the Comets. The Battling Beavers took advantage of an early five-minute major penalty in the first period and quickly went up 3-0 on Mason with Junior Captain Thomas Bush’s hat trick. His first two goals were unassisted blasts and his third came off an assist from Sophomore Owen Huff. Huff got the biscuit in the basket off assists from Sophomore teammates Riley Hanson and Ethan Webb with 735 left in the period. The final Creek goal of the game came unassisted with 337 left in the first period off the stick of Sophomore Joey Donahue.
The second period saw a defensive struggle as neither team allowed a goal. Freshman Ian Champagne swapped with starting goalie Junior Ben Duford halfway through the period. The final goal of the game came off the stick of a comet player with 407 left in the game.
The Beavers’ next contest is 11AM Sunday, 13 December, against the Springboro Panthers at South Metro.