Beavercreek faced off against the Troy Trojans Friday afternoon for opening round play of the Miami Valley Freeze tournament at Hobart Arena. Creek was hoping to get off to a good start in the tournament as well as continue their undefeated SWOHSHL play. The Beavers had a number of scoring chances early, but were not able to score until Mason Mikesch got one past the Trojans’ goal tender off a pass from Cole Gutterman and Joey Duford. Unfortunately, the Trojans came back with an equalizer less than two minutes later, and the game was tied at 1 after the first period.
The Trojans got another goal early in the second to take the lead, but the Beavers responded with not one but two goals in less than a minute time span to take back the lead. The equalizer was scored by Max Pezzot off a sweet behind the net pass from Gutterman, while the go ahead goal was scored on a tip in by Mikesch off a shot by Pezzot that was fed by Gutterman. Late in the second period, Gutterman snuck in a rebound off a shot by Mikesch past the goal tender to extend their lead to 4-2. Less than 15 seconds later Mikesch scored again off a pass from Gutterman, which completed a hat trick for Mikesch and gave Creek a 5-2 lead at the intermission.
The Trojans scored less than a minute into the third period, cutting the Creek lead to two. The Beavers came back with a goal a few minutes later when Alex Folga sent a laser from the blue line off a pass from Marshal Enfield past the Trojans’ goal tender, giving them a 6-3 advantage. Midway through the third period the Trojans got another goal, but the Beavers responded shortly after that with a goal by Enfield that was assisted by Tanner King. Gutterman got a power play goal late in the third period that was assisted by PJ Kosir and Mikesch, which ended being the final tally of the game. The line of Mikesch-Gutterman-Pezzot ended up with 6 goals and 8 assists for the game. Ben Duford got his first Beavercreek Varsity Hockey start in net for the Beavers and turned away 19 shots. Next up for Creek is a Saturday morning affair against the Findlay Trojans at Hobart Arena.