Beavercreek followed Saturday night’s victory with a Sunday morning win over the Elder Panthers. The scoring was fast and furious in this contest. The first period saw five goals off the sticks of four different Beavers…Bush with two, Elsner, Hanson, and Senior Captain Braden Cox each with one. Braden’s goal tied the Beavercreek record for most career goals by a defenseman. The second period saw three goals and two firsts! Sophomore Riley Hanson put the biscuit in the basket, Sophomore Makayla Smith scored her first High School goal, and JJ Lehman scored his first goal ever in his first season playing hockey. Creek was up 8-0 after the second period. The third period witnessed another Bush Hat Trick and a goal by Sophomore Joe Martin. This win secured an undefeated league play season going into the SWOHSHL playoffs this coming weekend.
The Battling Beavers started slow against the Aviators on their Senior Night, but gained steam to come away with a 7-0 victory on a 58-6 shot advantage. The first period saw one goal from Junior Alternate Captain Thomas Bush off an assist from Sophomore Carson Cox. The second period was also light on scoring until the other Alternate Captain, Senior Joe Bordas, scored off an assist from Freshman Alex Elsner with about a minute and a half left in the period. Bush came down the ice 20 seconds later and drilled home a goal to put the Beavers up 3-0 going into the ice cut. The third period got chippy with several Sycamore penalties, a tussle in the corner, and an Aviator disqualification. Despite that, Creek put the biscuit in the basket four times in the period. Bush secured the hat trick on a 5 on 3 power play goal with an assist from Alex Elsner. Alex got in on the scoring action a couple of minutes later along with Sophomore Joe Martin a few minutes after that. The final goal of the game came off the stick of Sophomore Riley Hanson from Bush as time expired. Junior Ben Duford secured the shutout between the pipes.
Your Battling Beavers faced three tough opponents last week in their run to the playoffs. Creek faced Springboro, Alter, and #6 ranked Talawanda this past week in a warmup to this weekend’s final games of the regular season against Sycamore and Elder. Beavercreek hung tough with Springboro behind Junior Thomas Bush’s two goals, but fell 3-2 to a tough Panther team on Tuesday afternoon. The Beavers than took on the Alter Knights in their lone game at the Kettering Rec Center this season. Sophomore Riley Hanson earned the offensive hard hat with two goals in this hard-fought match that went into overtime and ultimately ended in a 2-2 tie. Junior goalie Ben Duford came away with the defensive hard hat against Alter. The final game of the week was a road match against Talawanda HA, the sixth ranked team in the state. This game started rough and ended in a 7-3 loss. If you ignore the first period, the Beavers scored three of the final four goals in the match. Senior Braden Cox started the Creek scoring in the second and Junior Thomas Bush put two Creek goals in the net in the third period. Junior Ben Duford and Freshman Ian Champagne minded the net against Talawanda. The Beavers are back in action Saturday night against the Sycamore Aviators down in Cincinnati.
Your Battling Beavers defeated the Gahanna-Lincoln Golden Lions Saturday evening in a game filled with few scores and much drama. The first period saw no goals from either team. The second period had all the scoring of the game. Creek got on the board first with a goal from Sophomore Joey Donahue off an assist from Riley Hanson. Riley got another point when he scored off a rebound with four minutes left in the period. Gahanna got on the board after scoring with about two minutes left in the period. The Beavers went into the third period up 2-1. The third frame started normally and that’s when things got interesting. Junior Ben Duford was the lone goalie for the game as Freshman Ian Champagne was unavailable. Ben was lights out until two minutes into the period when he was run into by a Gahanna player and hit the ice hard. He was taken out of the game to follow the concussion protocol. With no backup goalie, Senior Alternate Captain Joe Bordas came out of retirement, put on Ben’s pads, borrowed a leftie stick, blocker, and glove from a Dayton Stealth player, and manned the net. Little did Gahanna know that Joe Bordas played goalie for Creek last season, and despite not playing goalie for over a year, he kept the Lions from scoring for the duration of the game with the help of some stingy Beaver defense. The Beavers held on and beat the Golden Lions 2-1. Well done Creek!