Beavercreek faced off against the Centerville Elks on Friday night at South Metro for their opening round game of the SWOHSHL Red Division Tournament. The Beavers were regular season champs of the SWOHSHL Gold Division and because of that they were put into the end of the season Red Division Tournament as the 6th seed, despite their 12-1 SWOHSHL record. This was the third time that they were facing the Elks this season, with each team winning a game. There was quite a crowd on hand as the Creek Crease made the trek to South Metro for this tournament game.
Creek has been having a fantastic season to this point (19-5-2) but the one thing that has plagued them all season has been slow starts. Unfortunately, this bad habit really cost them this time and they found themselves down 2-0 less than a minute into the game. The Beavers righted the ship shortly after that and started to dictate play. They were finally rewarded late in the first period when PJ Kosir scored a power play goal off a pass from Cole Gutterman cutting the Elks lead to 2-1 at the first intermission.
The Beavers continued their relentless play in the second period and had a number of scoring chances, however, midway through the period it was the Elks that tallied a goal pushing their lead to 3-1. In the closing seconds it appeared that Kosir scored Creek’s second goal off the rebound of a shot from Mason Mikesch, but the goal which initially was signaled as such was waved off when the ref saw the net was off it’s mooring. The Beavers were adamant that the puck crossed the line before the net came off, but unfortunately in OHSAA hockey the refs cannot call up Toronto for a video review. However, in the captured picture above you can see Kosir celebrating the goal (on left), an Elk’s defender leaning on the post, and the ref out of position. You be the judge.
Creek continued to press into the third period, but it wasn’t until with less than two minutes remaining Marshal Enfield was able to slip the biscuit in the basket off a shot from Nate Schivelbein, which cut the Elks lead to 3-2. The Beavers desperately tried to get the tying goal and even pulled their goal tender in the final minute. The intensity of the game remained evident even as the final seconds ticked off the clock, but the Beavers were not able to score and lost 3-2. Creek’s net minder Kevin Bovair was solid again between the pipes turning away 25 shots on the evening. Next up for the Beavers is a game Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at Nationwide Arena where they will take on the Gahanna Lincoln Golden Lions.