Creek dominated play at the 2022 Ehrnfelt Tournament in Strongsville, Ohio, over the Martin Luther Day weekend. The Beavers faced the home-team Strongsville Mustangs in the first game, winning 5-2. Game #2 vs. Columbus St. Francis ended with the score 5-0, with Creek goalies senior Ben Duford and sophomore Ian Champagne share the shutout. Game #3 vs. Columbus Academy Vikings saw a dominant 9-2 Creek win, led by senior Captain Thomas Bush’s impressive six point game (3 goals, 3 assists). In the championship game, Columbus Academy fired 34 shots on the Beaver net in the first two periods, but goalie Duford allowed the Vikings only one goal and Creek’s defense kept the Vikings shotless in the third. The Beavers made the best of the chances, and the game ended 9-1, including a hat trick by sophomore Alex Elsner.
Bush led in points for the weekend, with nine goals and six assists. Elsner and junior Joey Donahue both earned nine points (7 goals, 2 assists and 6 goals, 3 assists respectively), and junior Alternate Captain Riley Hanson contributed 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists). Defenseman junior Alternate Captain Carson Cox continued his key playmaking with six assists. Creek goalies once again solidly backstopped the team, with Duford fending off 71 of 74 shots (95.9%) and Champagne 26 of 28 (92.9%).
Creek tied the all-time winning streak record of 12 games with their win in the championship game (and now site 17-2-1 so far in the season)! They will be looking to break this record at the Military Appreciation Night game this Saturday, January 22, vs. the Mason Comets at the Kettering Rec Center. Come out to cheer on your Beavers!