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The Dublin Coffman High School hockey team scored three goals in the first four minutes on its way to a 6-1 win over Dublin Jerome on Jan. 13 at Chiller Dublin.
The Shamrocks improved to 13-4-1 overall and 7-2-1 in the Capital Hockey Conference, and Jerome fell to 12-9 and 6-3.
“We played well,” Coffman coach Darcy Cahill said. “We worked hard and played to our system for the most part.”
Coffman won two of its three regular-season meetings against Jerome, with the other win a 3-1 victory Dec. 10 in the Adam Allgeyer Memorial Showcase.
Jerome defeated Coffman 4-1 in a CHC game Dec. 6.
The Shamrocks took control early in the third matchup, as Kyle Talebi scored twice in the first 2:45 before Ryon Malas scored on a breakaway for a 3-0 lead.
Jack Richey replaced Jerome starting goaltender Graff Harrison after Malas’ goal and finished with 10 saves. Harrison made four saves.
Coffman goalie Grant Powell had 19 saves.
Mathew Riley gave Coffman a 4-0 first-period lead before Joey Jenkins scored for Jerome.
Coffman’s Chris Aman and Hunter Morris completed the scoring in the second period.
“We obviously didn’t show up to play,” Jerome coach Pat Murphy said. “We were terrible in the first six minutes. You’re down 4-0 and it’s hard to get out from under that. It’s a terrible performance.”
The game was part of the third annual Do It For Daron hockey event, which is held in memory of Daron Richardson, who died in November 2010.
Richardson is the daughter of Luke Richardson, a former player for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Coffman is looking to overtake Jerome for second place in the CHC-Red as the regular season winds down.
The Shamrocks are 16-6-3 overall and third in the CHC-Red at 9-3-1 (19 points), one point behind the Celtics. Coffman has three league games left, including one against league-leading St. Charles on Sunday, Feb. 7, at OhioHealth Ice Haus.
"We're doing a lot of good things and everybody is sticking together," coach Darcy Cahill said. "The kids are working hard. We have a lot to look forward to in the next three weeks."
Coffman defeated UA 3-1 on Jan. 29 at the Ice Haus and beat New Albany 5-0 on Jan. 31 at Chiller Dublin.
Ryon Malas had two goals and goalie Grant Powell had 27 saves against UA and Malas scored two goals and goalie Brian Hoover had 12 saves against New Albany.
Mathew Riley has a team-high 22 goals and Malas and Alex Schepflin each have 16.
Coffman has returned eight of its top nine scorers and its starting goalie from last season, when it finished 16-12-2 overall and lost to Orange 5-2 in a district quarterfinal.
The Shamrocks open Friday, Nov. 27, against St. Charles in the Midwest Thanksgiving Classic at Chiller Dublin.
Among the key returnees is senior goalie Grant Powell, who had a .910 save percentage in league play last year and made first-team all-CHC.
Also back are senior forwards Alex Schepflin (18 goals, 26 assists), Kyle Talebi (12 goals, 9 assists), Ryon Malas (7 goals, 11 assists), Hunter Morris (4 goals, 11 assists) and Zach Shemancik (5 goals, 8 assists), senior defenseman Mathew Riley (8 goals, 8 assists) and junior forwards Luke Babner (10 goals, 10 assists) and Chris Aman (9 goals, 5 assists).
"We have 11 seniors coming back, so we have high expectations," Malas said. "We have good team camaraderie. We definitely tried to work on that in the offseason and it's going well so far."
Also on the team are seniors Michael Aman (defenseman), Cameron Fiorita (defenseman), Nicholas Kennedy (defenseman) and Ryan Turk (defensemen), juniors Matthew Foote (defenseman), Brian Hoover (goalie) and Spencer Thompson (forward) and sophomores Joe DiCesare (defenseman), Ian Feit (forward) and Mackensey Kenner-Aspery (forward).
"We're very experienced and we have a lot of good leaders," third-year coach Darcy Cahill said. "The biggest thing is, we've had them for a couple years and they're all on the same page. The respect factor for players to coaches is certainly getting there and the kids want to win. We're learning how to win."
Among the losses to graduation was forward/defenseman Thomas Tate, who led the team in scoring with 22 goals and 12 assists and was first-team all-CHC and all-CHC Red.