Your Battling Beavers went up North to the 18th annual Walter F Erhnfelt Memorial Hockey Tournament and came away as the Runner Ups in the Red Division. Creek faced three tough teams to reach the championship match. The Red Division teams were Beavercreek, the Strongsville Mustangs, the Harbor Creek (PA) Huskies, and the Cleve Wildcats. Creek beat both Strongsville and Harbor Creek before facing Cleve which is a part of the St Ignatius hockey network. Creek fell 3-0 to Cleve to set up the rematch in the division final against the same Wildcats. The Beavers hung tough behind stellar goal tending from Junior Ben Duford, but one goal from Junior Thomas Bush in the second period of the championship was not enough and Creek fell 3-1. Beavercreek played extremely well and should be proud of themselves going into the later portion of this hockey season. The Beavers are back in action Friday for Senior Night at South Metro against the Mason Comets.
Beavercreek wins their second matchup of the Ehrnfelt Tourney with a 4-2 victory over the Harborcreek Huskies from Pennsylvania. Creek started strong with Junior Thomas Bush scoring on the weak side off a nifty pass from Sophomore Riley Hanson. Hanson put the second puck in the net on an end-to-end unassisted goal to put Creek up 2-0 going into the first intermission.
The second period was all Harborcreek as they tied the game at 2-2 going into the third period. The Beavers came out shooting in the third as Thomas Bush broke the tie after his second goal with about 11 minutes left in the game. Bush secured the hat trick late in the third to put the game out of reach. Freshman goalie Ian Champagne defended the net in the 4-2 victory.
Beavers took down the Strongsville Mustangs 3-2 to in their opening game of the 2021 Walter F Ehrnfelt Tournament. After an unexpected two week hiatus, the Beavers were a little rusty, but came away with a victory. The game started rough when Strongsville scored the first goal after a little over one minute into the contest. Creek tied it up with a power play goal by Sophomore Joey Donahue off an assist from Senior Braden Cox. The game remained tied until Strongsville scored with about three minutes remaining in the period to go up 2-1 at the first intermission.
The second period was all Beavers as Junior Goalie Ben Duford kept the Mustangs out of the net the entire frame with several stellar saves. Creek went on the attack with Junior Thomas Bush drilling home a shot off a nifty behind the net pass from Riley Hanson halfway through the period to tie the game. Creek continued to pressure Strongsville and went ahead for good on a goal by Sophomore Joe Martin off a rebound from Thomas Bush. The Beavers went into the ice cut with a 3-2 advantage.
The third period saw no scoring from either team. The Beavers played stingy defense to keep the Mustangs off the board. The Creek D and Goalie Ben Duford survived Strongsville’s two man advantage in the final two minutes of the game to secure the victory. Creek is back in action this afternoon against Harborcreek, PA.
Beavercreek took on Lexington today at South Metro. It turned out to be the Thomas Bush show as the Junior Alternate Captain accounted for all five goals in today’s contest to put his season total at 26. After being held scoreless last night at Hobart Arena, Thomas Bush came out firing. He put two biscuits in the basket in the first period to put Creek up 2-0. The second period started with a quick strike from Bush off the first faceoff to put the Beavers up 3-0 and secure a hat trick for the junior. Lexington got on the board with about 13 minutes remaining in the period. Bush took advantage of a Creek power play with another goal with 1050 to go in the second period. The teams went into the ice cut with the Beavers up 4-1.
Thomas Bush scored his fifth goal of the contest on another Creek power play in the third period to put the game out of reach. Junior Ben Duford and Freshman Ian Champagne shared time between the pipes in the 5-1 Creek victory.