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Game Summaries 2013-2014

2013-2014 Season Summary

17 wins      11 Losses      4 Ties

 
The Troy Trojans Varsity Hockey Team completed a very respectable season and the coaching staff was very impressed and proud of the way the team played as a team.  Although the season ended earlier than the coaches and players would have wanted it to, we still had the respect of other coaches and teams that we played.  Troy will loose three players to graduation and it will be difficult to fill those positions next season, but the core of the team is on their way to playing as a team and looking forward to the next season. The Trojans came in second place in the SWOHSHL North and played very well including beating all of the south teams in the SWOHSHL and taking the first place team to a shoot out before loosing.  The team was Champions of the Frozencreek Tournament and the Mayors Cup Tournaments. They came in second place in the Miami Valley Freeze Tournament. We had incredible games such as the 1-0 win against St. Xavier, beating Talawanda twice and taking Springboro to a shoot out. 

Sophomore AJ Noll lead the team in points with 68 points including 32 goals and 36 assists.  AJ joined the Troy record books in the following: 3rd all time for the most assists in one season. Tied for 10 for the most goals in one season. 5th for the highest plus/minus in one season and 5th for the most points in one season. AJ also lead the SWOHSHL in assists and points. AJ was honored when he was selected for the First Team all League.

Junior Alex Smith also entered the Troy record book tied for 6th for the most goals scored in one season with 34 goals. Alex was honored when he was selected for the Honorable Mention Team all League. 

Junior Jake Uhlenbrock was selected as the Second Team all League for his tenacious defense and courage in blocking shot after shot.  This was evident by the number of injuries Jake sustained including missing three games after taking pucks to the ankles and breaking his hand while blocking shot attempts. 

Senior Mason Hagen also etched his name into the Troy record books with 34 goals in one season and tied Alex Smith for the 6th most goals in one season. Mason also became the 8th highest in school history for the most points in one season with 61, that included 34 goals and 27 assists.  Mason was honored when he was selected for the Second Team all League.

Senior Eric Wright became Troy's All Time leading goalie for the most shutouts in one season with 12. He also is first for the most games played in one season with 31.4 games.  He is 5th all time for the best save percentage with.902. Eric also is 3rd for the most wins in one season with 17. Eric was an unanimous decision for the First Team all League as the best goalie in the league.
 

Each and every one of the Troy players deserve praise for a great season and each and every player displayed leadership and the ability to be the best they could be both on and off the ice.  

The Coaching Staff would like to take this opportunity to thank the players for a great season, the parents for their support and the Troy fans for coming out and supporting your Troy Trojans Varsity Hockey team.




Friday Feb 14th   Troy vs. Olentangy         Lost 4-1
 
Troy traveled to Columbus for the first round of the Districts to take on the Olentangy Braves.  The Braves scored twice in the first period and never looked back.  The only highlight for Troy was when Alex Smith took the puck from end to end and scored Troy's lone goal unassisted in the second period.  Troy never gave up but gave up two more goals in the third to make it a 4-1 lead and that is how Troy's season came to an end.
Eric Wright was in the goal and stopped 19 of 23 shots.

Troy ends the season 17 wins, 11 losses and 4 ties.



Sunday Feb 9th   Troy vs. Springboro        Lost 4-3 in Shoot Out
 
Troy traveled to South Metro to take on the Springboro Panthers in the South West Ohio League Tournament Championship.  Troy drew first blood when AJ Noll scored with Mason Hagen and Doug Eardly picking up the assists.  The panthers then answered to even up the score at 1-1 to end the first.  The second found Boro scoring again to give them a 2-1 lead to close out the second. The third found Boro again scoring to give them a 3-1 lead. Troy finally found some light when AJ Noll scored with 4:21 left in the game to bring Troy back to a goal down at 3-2, with the assist going to Alex Smith.  Things didn't look good for Troy until a flurry of shots and rebounds found AJ Noll hitting the back of the net with just 2.9 seconds remaining in the game to tie things up at 3-3.  Kasey Hennessy picked up the assist.
Troy and Springboro skated even in the overtime but, neither team could score.  A five man shoot out was then held and Boro scored on their first attempt.  Tyler Hess was the first shooter for Troy and he was denied.  Boro Scored again on their second shot.  Alex Smith was Troy's second shooter and he too was denied. Boro scored again on their third consecutive shot to give them a 3-0 lead. Mason Hagen was Troy's last hope but, he too could not find the net and Springboro picked up the win over Troy 4-3.
Eric Wright was in the net for Troy and stopped 30 of 33 shots.  AJ Noll picked up all 3 of Troy's goals.  Mason Hagen, Doug Eardly, Alex Smith and Kasey Hennessy each picked up an assist.

 
 
 
 Saturday  Feb 8th   Troy vs. Talawanda        Won    9-4  
 
Troy traveled to South Metro to take on the Talawanda Braves in the Semi-Final Round of the SWOHSHL League Tournament. Talawanda was the number one seed from the south.  Troy had beaten Talawanda in the week prior to end regular league play and this was Talawanda's chance to get revenge.  Troy found the net first when Jake Uhlenbrock scored with Mason Hagen and Troy Moore picking up the assists.  The Braves scored 2 quick goals to take a 2-1 lead.  The Trojans then took control when Alex Smith hit three goals in a row with Eli Walters, Tyler Hess, Mason Hagen, Charlie Ryan and AJ Noll each picking assists.  Tyler Hess then scored with Eli Walters picking up the assist. Eli Walters scored with Alex Smith getting the assist. The first period came to a close with Troy on top 6-2.  The Braves scored early in the second to make it a 6-3 game.  Penalties were stacking up on both teams, but it seemed like Troy was in the box the majority of the time.  The third period started with Troy on a penalty kill when senior goalie Eric Wright was called for a 5 minute major slashing that sent him to the penalty box with 9 minutes to go.  Freshman goalie Cory Neff then was inserted into the game with Troy down two men on a 5 on 3.  The first shot that Neff saw slid under his pads to make it a 6-3 game.  Cory then stopped the next 8 shots that he saw.  AJ Noll then scored two back to back goals with Mason Hagen, Drew Morgan and Caleb Mangas picking up the assists to make it a 8-3 game.  Eric Wright sat out his 5 minutes in the sin-bin and was inserted back into the game with 4:41 left on the clock.  The Braves picked up one more goal before AJ Noll hit a shorty for his 3rd goal of the game with Tyler Hess getting the assist and giving Troy the 9-4 lead and win.  
Eric Wright stopped 30 of 33 shots.  Cory Neff stopped 8 of 9 shots he saw.  Alex Smith had 3 goals and 1 assist. AJ Noll had 3 goals and 1 assist. Jake Uhlenbrock had 1 goal. Eli Walters had 1 goal and 1 assist. Tyler Hess had 1 goal and 1 assist. Mason Hagen had 3 assists. Drew Morgan, Charlie Ryan, Calab Mangas and Troy Moore each picked up assists.  

Troy would move on into the Championship game on Sunday with a 17-9-4 record. 


Friday Feb 7th   Troy vs. Sycamore        Won  6-2
 
Troy traveled to South Metro to take on the Sycamore Aves in the first round of the SWOHSHL Tournament.  Things started out extremely slow when the team bus became stuck in a traffic jam in downtown Dayton and the bus ride that usually takes 45 minutes took 2 hours.  
Troy scored first with 2:50 left in the first period to take a 1-0 lead when Alex Smith scored with assists going to Tyler Hess and Jake Uhlenbrock.  Troy took a 2-0 lead in the second when AJ Noll scored with the assist going to Mason Hagen.  Tyler Hess scored with the assist going to Eli Walters to give Troy a 3-0 lead.  The third found Sycamore scoring just 52 seconds into the third period to erase the goose egg and make it a 3-1 game.  Troy then answered when Alex Smith scored with assists going to Tyler Hess and AJ Noll. Mason Hagen scored with the assists going to Jake Uhlenbrock and Alex Smith to make it a 5-1 Troy lead.  Alex Smith scored on an unassisted goal to pick up a hat trick and give Troy a 6-1 lead.  Sycamore scored their second goal of the night with 27 seconds to go in the game. 
Eric Wright was in the goal and saved 20 or the 22 shots he saw.  Alex Smith score 3 goals and had an assist.  Tyler Hess had 1 goal and 2 assists, AJ Noll had 1 goal and 1 assist.  Mason Hagen had 1 goal and 1 assist. Eli Walters has 1 assist.  Jake Uhlenbrock had 2 assists and did not get into the scoring column, but he did block 8 shots giving up his body to stop the puck and doing everything he could to keep the puck out of the goal.  Nice job Jake!
 


Sunday Feb 2nd   Troy vs. Indian Hills         Won  4-2
 
Troy traveled to Indian Hills to take on the club team that was in third place in the Cincinnati Area League behind Mason and Northern KY.  The Trojans allowed Hills to score first just 5 minutes into the game.  Troy responded on a power play when AJ Noll found the back of the net from a pass from Mason Hagen. The first period ended with a 1-1 tie.  The second started with Hills scoring first again.  Troy again responded when Alex Smith scored off of a pass from AJ Noll and Doug Eardly.  AJ Noll hit his second goal of the game again on a power play with the assists going to Troy Moore and Mason Hagen, to give Troy the 3-2 lead. In the third period Troy scored that all important insurance goal when Alex Smith scored with Tyler Hess and Eli Walters getting the assists, to give Troy the 4-2 lead and the win.
Eric Wright was in the goal and stopped 25 of 27 shots he saw.
AJ Noll had 2 goals and 1 assist.  Alex Smith had 2 goals. Mason Hagen had 2 assists. Eli Walters, Troy Moore and Doug Eardly each picked up 1 assist.
 

Thursday Jan. 30th   Troy vs. Talawanda         Won  5-3
 
Troy was playing the SWOHSHL South season champion Talawanda Braves for Senior night at Hobart Arena.  The Braves came into the game with a 7-1 league record, losing only to Springboro 3-2 for their only league loss. The Braves and Trojans traded shots in the first, but Talawanda scored their first goal in the first period with 4 minutes left in the first.  That was the only score of the first leaving Troy down 1-0.  Talawanda scored again early in the second to take a 2-0 lead.  Alex Smith scored from a pass from  Doug Eardly and Kasey Hennessy to make it a 2-1 Braves lead.  AJ Noll then scored with 30 seconds left in the first to even things up with the helpers going to Mason Hagen and Jake Uhlenbrock. The second came to a close all even at 2-2.  The third started just as the second had ended with AJ Noll scoring just 36 seconds in, with Mason Hagen and Jake Uhlenbrock getting the assists, giving Troy their first lead of the game.  12 seconds later the Braves scored to tie it back up at 3-3.   32 seconds later, Mason Hagen scored with AJ Noll and Kasey Hennessey picking up the assists.  That made 3 Troy goals in less then 85 seconds and giving Troy the 4-3 lead.  That is the way it stayed until 57 seconds left in the game, Mason Hagen hit his second goal of the night with assists going to Alex Smith and Doug Eardly to give Troy the insurance they needed to secure their second ever win against the Talawanda Braves in school history.  The Trojans also secured second place in the SWOHSHL North division with the win.
AJ Noll had 2 goals and 1 assist. Mason Hagen had 2 goals and 2 assists.  Alex Smith had 1 goal and 1 assist. Kasey Hennessey, Jake Uhlenbrock and Doug Eardly each picked up 2 assists.
Eric Wright stopped 41 of 44 shots on goal to pick up his 14th win of the season.
 

Saturday Jan. 18th   Troy vs. Riverside         Won  4-3
Troy was playing their second game of the day and had been beaten handily by Jackson in the morning game and were looking to get back on track and that is just what Troy did.  Freshman Prestyn Hoefler scored for troy just 2 and a half minutes into the game with AJ Noll and Mason Hagen getting the assists.  Riverside scored a few minutes later to knot it up at 1-1.  Alex Smith then score with the helpers going to AJ Noll and Mason Hagen to put Troy back on top at 2-1.  The second period found AJ Noll  scoring with the assist going to Doug Eardly.  The third period started with Troy up 3-1.  Mason Hagen scored a shorthanded goal to give Troy the 4-1 lead.  Troy then gave up two goals to a scrappy Riverside team that just wouldn't quit.  Troy held tough on defense and escaped with a 4-3 win.  Eric Wright was in the goal and stopped 23 or the 26 shots he saw. Mason Hagen had 1 goal and 2 assists. AJ Noll had 1 goal and 2 assists. Prestyn Hoefler had 1 goal and Alex Smith had 1 goal. 
 
The Troy High School Athletic Director would not permit any travel on Sunday, due to bad road conditions and Troy had to cancel their last game of the Pioneer Classic.  

Saturday Jan. 18th   Troy vs. Jackson    Lost 7-0
Troy traveled back to Columbus to take on Jackson in the second round of the Pioneer Classic.  The previous late night game, the early morning game or the long bus ride. You take your choice, but the Trojans were not playing their best hockey.  Jackson took a 2 goal lead in the first and never took their foot off of the gas. At the end of the second period Troy was down 4-0 and not looking very good at all.  The third found the Trojans still down and Jackson still shooting.  The game finally ended with Jackson making the Trojans look like they should have stayed home, 7-0.  The shots on goal were similar with Jackson outshooting Troy 22-20.  Eric Wright was in the goal and saw 29 shots.
 
 
Friday Jan. 17th    Troy vs. Mentor    1-1  Tie
 
Troy traveled to Columbus to play in the Pioneer Classic and took on the Mentor Cardinals.  Both teams skated hard but neither team scored in the first period. Mentor scored with 3:40 to go in the second period to take the lead. The third period started out with Mentor up 1-0 and shots on goal even. Drew Morgan sniped from the blue line with 2:30 seconds to go in the third to tie it up on a power play.  Tyler Hess got the helper.  That is the way it ended with a 1-1 score.  Eric Wright stopped all but one of the 26 shots he saw.



Sunday   Jan. 12th   Troy vs. Centerville          Won 7-0
 
Centerville was traveling to Hobart to take on the Trojans after the Elk had been embarrassed by Talawanda 11-1 on Saturday night.  They were looking to step up their game and get back on track.  Troy was coming off of a very poor showing against Beavercreek and had the same idea to get back on track. The two teams had played twice earlier in the season and had split the games.
The Trojans came out with determination and a different look when the puck was dropped.  Troy was pressuring the puck and playing more aggressively than they had in the past few games.  Alex Smith started it off when he scored a shorty on a pass from AJ Noll while on a penalty kill to fire up the Trojans even more.  Mason Hagen then scored back to back goals from nice passes from AJ Noll to give Troy the 3-0 lead. Eli Walters then found the puck on the doorstep and put Troy up 4-0. AJ Noll then beat the goalie on the high stick side on a pass from Mason Hagen.  The Elk took a shot on goal and Eric Wright had it all the way and passed the puck to a breaking AJ Noll from below the goal line. All of the Elk followed AJ Noll who then hit Mason Hagen who was the only one now in front of the Elk Goalie. Mason shot low and hard and there was no way the Elk goalie could make the stop, giving Troy the 5-0 lead. AJ Noll lit the lamp again to make it a 6-0 lead with assists going to Troy Moore and Doug Eardly.  Troy was back checking like never before and the defensemen was standing players up instead of allowing them to skate into the zone.   Eric Wright had built a wall around his goal and no one was getting past him. The second period was all Troy and they had the lead at 6-0. The third period found Mason Hagen beating the Elk goalie and making it a 7-0 game, with the assists going to Alex Smith and AJ Noll.   Troy played tenacious defense and kept the Elk from getting a good look at the goal.  The Elk out shot Troy 10-4 in the third period, but that was okay with Troy's coaching staff, because they knew this was Troy's night and Troy's defense would hold.
Mason Hagen had 4 goals and 1 assist.  AJ Noll had 2 goals and 5 assists. Eli Walter had a goal and Alex Smith had 1 goal and 2 assists. Doug Eardly had 3 assists.
 
The big story was Eric Wright, who took 30 shots and turned all 30 away for his 12th career shut out and becoming the all time leader in Troy High School history for the most Career Shut Outs.  Eric was ecstatic at the outcome of the game, but took time to commend his fellow teammates and stated, "We are a Band of Brothers and we did this together".  
 
Troy is now 12-8-3 and took over second place in the SWOHSHL North division.
 


Saturday  Jan. 11th   Troy vs. Beavercreek          Tied 2-2

Beavercreek Traveled to Hobart Arena to take on the Troy Trojans in a SWOHSHL North league game.  The Trojans were coming off a win against Alter and had defeated the Beavercreek in their last two meetings.  The game started, but someone forgot to tell Troy.  The Beavers scored with 4:19 in the first period to take a 1-0 lead.  Troy had two power plays in the first, but failed to connect or even get a good shot on goal. The Beavers were outshot by the Trojans 14-5 at the end of the first period, but Troy was still down 1-0.  The second period found Troy with six different power plays, but Troy looked lost and could get nothing started. Finally with 1:40 left in the second period, AJ Noll found the goal on a pass from Tyler Hess to even the score.The third period started with Beavercreek scoring again to take a 2-1 lead.  That is the way it stayed until Doug Eardly took a AJ Noll pass and beat the goalie to tie the score at 2, with only 2:09 left in the game.
AJ Noll had 1 goal and 1 assist. Doug Eardly had a goal and Tyler Hess had an assist.
Eric Wright stopped 20 of 22 shots.

Friday Jan. 10th   Troy vs. Alter         Won  7-0

Alter Traveled to Hobart Arena to take on the Troy Trojans in a SWOHSHL North league game.  This was also Troy Youth Hockey night and the crowd was large and ready for some hockey.  Troy started things off when AJ Noll scored on a pass from Eli Walters and Doug Eardly just 3 minutes into the game.  Doug Eardly then scored on a sweet unassisted backhander to give Troy the 2-0 lead at the end of the second period.  Eli Walters found the back of the net a short time later with Tyler Hess and Jake Uhlenbrock getting the assists.  Mason Hagen then hit two back to back goals to give the Trojans a 5-0 lead early in the third period with assists going to AJ Noll and Prestyn Hoefler. AJ Noll shot a top shelf dinger that hit the crossbar on its way into the net, to make it a 6-0 game with the assist going to Charlie Ryan.  AJ Noll wasn't done yet. AJ picked up a loose puck and skated down the ice passing the puck to himself between the legs of the defender to pick up an unassisted BEAUT and giving Troy a 7-0 lead and picking up the HATTY.



MIAMI VALLEY FREEZE TOURNAMENT

Saturday Jan. 5th  Troy vs. Northern Kentucky    Tied   3-3

Troy was playing their second game of the day and went toe to toe with the N. KY Norsemen.  The weather predictions were poor for lateSaturday and early Sunday and Troy knew they needed a good showing.  KY scored first at the 9:25 mark of the first period.  Troy tried, but just couldn't find the back of the net.  The second period started with Eli Walters scoring on a redirect from Tyler Hess to even things up at 1-1.  KY then scored on a power play to give them the lead right back. Doug Early pushed in a rebound from a shot by Mason Hagen bring things back to even to end the second.  The third started with Alex Smith beating the defense and  giving Troy the 3-2 lead.  40 seconds later the Norsemen beat Eric Wright to deadlock the score once more. Both teams played hard and aggressive.  When the final horn rang, both teams were still at 3-3.  Eric Wright stopped 23 or 26 shots.
 
With the possibility of poor weather conditions overnight and on Sunday, it was decided that all games would be cancelled on Sunday to allow players and fans to return home safely.  The Findlay Trojans had 2 more points than Troy and took first place with the Troy Trojans picking up the second place trophy.

Saturday Jan. 5th  Troy vs. Trinity       Won  3-1

Troy was playing the second round of the Miami Valley Freeze and was taking on Trinity from Louisville, KY.  Trinity scored first on a power play early in the first period. Troy then netted their first of the night in the second period when AJ Noll beat the goalie on the back door from a great pass from Mason Hagen.  AJ Noll then returned the favor when he hit Mason Hagen breaking to the goal to make it a 2-1 Troy lead.  Tyler Hess scored  with the assists going to Eli Walters and Alex Smith to give Troy all they needed to beat Trinity.  Eric Wright stopped 40 of 41 shots he saw.
 

Friday Jan. 3rd   Troy vs. Beavercreek         Won  7-3
Troy was hosting the Miami Valley Freeze Tournament for the third year at Hobart Arena and started by playing the Beavercreek Beavers.  The first period started with the Beavers scoring first and then Troy's Mason Hagen took over scoring 3 unanswered goals to end the first period up 3-1.  Assists went to AJ Noll, Doug Eardly, Troy Moore and Jake Uhlenbrock.  The second period again found the Beavers scoring first. Alex Smith then lit the lamp to make it a 4-2 game.  Then it was time for Mason Hagen to go back to work scoring his fourth goal and giving Troy the 5-2 lead on a power play goal..  Assists going to Jake Uhlenbrock and AJ Noll. Beavercreek scored to make it 5-3 to start the 3rd period, as they had done each of the first two periods, but this time Alex Smith would finish things, when he scored twice to give the Trojans a final score of 7-4. 
Mason Hagen finished with 4 goals and 1 assist. Alex Smith had 3 goals. Jake Uhlenbrock had 4 assists and AJ Noll had 3 assists.
Eric Wright was in the net and stopped 19 of 21 shots.
 
 



Sunday Dec. 29th Troy vs. Centerville  Won 7-4

Troy once again traveled to South Metro to play their final game in the Mayors Cup.  This time they were taking on the SWOHSHL first place team in the Centerville Elk.  The Elk had beaten both Beavercreek and Springboro in the previous two days and had beaten the Trojans just one week earlier.  Centerville came out fast and scored just 40 seconds into the game, but that didn't stop Troy.  Doug Eardly scored for Troy just 2 minutes later with Mason Hagen and AJ Noll picking up the assists.  Alex Smith then outskated the Elk to score two back to back goals to put Troy up 3-1.  Assists went to Isaiah Purves and Drew Morgan.  The Elk scored just as the first was ending, but Troy was still on top at the end of the first 3-2. Mason Hagen scored Troy's 4th goal to start off the second while Troy was on the power play with Drew Morgan and Alex Smith getting the helpers.  Centerville answered on their own power play to make it a 4-3 Troy lead with half of the second period to go.  With just 1:45 left in the second period, Drew Morgan shot a laser from the blue line that the Elk goalie didn't even see until he was digging it out of the net to give Troy the lead at 5-3.  The Elk scored once again on another power play to make it a 5-4 game to end the second period.  The third period found Centerville chasing the puck as Troy meticulously moved and spread out, but Troy could not stay out of the penalty box and with a little over 8 minutes to go, were down a man again.  Troy moved the puck well on the power play and Jake Uhlenbrock found the Elk sleeping in their own zone and beat the Elk goalie to give Troy that all important insurance goal, while a man short. The Elk pulled their goalie with just over 1 minute remaining in the game and Alex Smith found the empty net for a hat trick with 2 seconds on the clock and giving Troy the win with the final score of 7-4.

 

Troy was now in first place for the tournament and had to wait to see what Springboro did when they took on Beavercreek.  Boro had to win every period and the game just to tie Troy.  Creek scored the only goal of the second period insuring that the Troy Trojans were once again the Mayors Cup Tournament Champions.


Saturday Dec. 28th Troy vs. Springboro   Lost 3-2

Troy traveled to South Metro to play Springboro in the second round of the Mayors Cup Tournament and the second league game against Springboro.  Both teams played well in the first period. Each team picked up a power play, but neither team found the back of the net. The second period found Troy on a penalty kill and Springboro beat Trojan goalie Eric Wright for a 1-0 score. Troy answered on a delayed penalty when AJ Noll took a hard hit in front of the Troy bench, but got the puck to Mason Hagen who scored low blocker side to make it a 1-1 game. The third found Troy again on a penalty kill and Springboro scoring to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead. Tyler Hess took matters into his own hands when he went end to end and beat the Panther goalie to tie the game once again at 2-2. With less than 4 minutes to go in the game, Springboro scored just as their power play ended to give them a 3-2 lead. Troy never gave up, fighting up to the last second, but came up short 3-2. 

Mason Hagen and Tyler Hess had Troy's loan scores, with AJ Noll, Mason Hagen and Troy Moore picking up assists. Eric Wright was in the goal and saved 30 of 33 shots.

 

 

Friday Dec. 27th Troy vs. Beavercreek   Won 6-2

Troy traveled to South Metro to play Beavercreek in the first round of the Mayors Cup Tournament.  This game was also the first of three games the Beavers and the Trojans would play in the upcoming weeks.  Troy scored first when Doug Eardly who was on the back door waiting on a rebound hit the net. Assists went to AJ Noll and Mason Hagen. Troy scored again when AJ Noll beat the goalie on the week side, with the assists going to Troy Moore and Mason Hagen.  The first period came to an end with Troy up 2-0 and out shooting Creek 14-4, but many of those shots were low percentage shots from bad angles.  The second period started with both teams skating even until Creek started to picked up penalties.  5 separate times Troy went to the power play, but Troy would have no success. Troy could not get the power play to work and failed to score in the second, while Creek popped in a power play goal of their own. The second period ended with Troy on top 2-1.  Creek came out fast and scored 4 minutes into the third to make it a 2-2 tie. Both teams were playing with emotion and playing very sloppy at this point with both teams picking up penalties. Troy Moore scored on a low frozen rope from the blue line to give Troy the lead for good while on a 5 on 3 man advantage. Assists went to Jake Uhlenbrock and Eli Walters.  AJ Noll then gave Troy some comfort when he connected on a rebound the Creek goalie couldn't handle to give Troy a 2 goal lead. Assists went to Mason Hagen and Jake Uhlenbrock.  Mason Hagen then scored two quick goals on power plays to give Troy the win 6-2.

Mason Hagen had 2 goals and 2 assists, AJ Noll had 2 goals and 2 assists, Troy Moore had 1 goal and 1 assist, Doug Eardly had 1 goal for Troy's scoring. Jake Uhlenbrock picked up 3 assists.  

Eric Wright saved 21 shots while allowing 2 goals.  



Sunday Dec. 22nd  Troy vs. Springboro   Lost 4-1

Troy was playing their third league game of the weekend and needed a win after a less then desirable showing against Centerville. Springboro was coming off an impressive win over Alter.  Troy had issues with picking up penalties in the previous game and just couldn't keep 5 players on the ice again.  Springboro scored first on a power play goal and then again on a short handed goal on a Troy turnover to give them a 2-0 lead. The first period came to a close with the Trojans only shooting the puck 6 times and not finding the net.  The second period started just as the first had ended with Troy on a penalty kill attempting to keep the Panthers at bay.  Springboro found a way to beat the kill and scored with 10 second left in the penalty kill to give them a 3-0 lead.  The only highlight came in the third period when Eli Walters deflected a shot from Masen Hagen to give Troy a hope of getting back into the game, but that too was stifled when the Trojans again sent a man to the box and played short for the 5th time in the game.  Springboro capitalized on the man advantage and scored the games final goal to make it a 4-1 game.  Eric Wright stopped 30 of 37 shots.

Saturday Dec. 21st Troy vs. Centerville  Lost 7-4

 
Troy traveled to South Metro to take on the Centerville Elk in a league game. Troy and Centerville were both coming off  very impressive wins against Sycamore.  Troy scored first when Doug Eardly slapped in a rebound. Mason Hagen and Kasey Hennessy each picked up the assists and that's the way first period came to an end with Troy on top 1-0. The second period found Troy in the penalty box on four different occasions that resulted in Centerville scoring three power play goals and another on a delayed penalty. AJ Noll found the back of the net from a nice pass from Mason Hagen to keep Troy alive, but at the end of the second period Troy was down 5-2.  The third period found the Elk scoring again on a nice back door play to make it a 6-2 game. AJ Noll answered with a goal with Isaiah Purves and Tyler Hess getting the assists.  The Elk answered again one minute later to give them a 7-3 lead. Troy just couldn't stay out of the box picking up another penalty, but this time AJ Noll blocked a shot and took the puck down and beat the goalie high stick side for a short handed goal and picking a hat trick for the game. Troy never gave up, but came up short 7-4, for their first league loss.  Eric Wright stayed steady with 31 saves on 38 shots.

 


Friday Dec. 20th Troy vs. Sycamore   Won 7-2

Troy traveled to to Cincinnati to take on South foe in Sycamore who was 2 and 3 in the league.  Troy would play short with injuries and family vacations.  Troy came out ready to play and scored 4 times in the opening act.  Tyler Hess started the night off with a goal, with Doug Eardly and Mason Hagen picking up the assists. Isaiah Purves then found the net with Tyler Hess and Eli Walters picking up the helpers.  Mason Hagen then kept his 7 game goal streak alive with AJ Noll and Doug Earldy getting the assists.

The second period found Freshman Cory Neff in the goal.  Sycamore capitalized on the new minder and slipped in a power play goal and an even goal on four shots.  Mason Hagen scored his second of the night from AJ Noll and Doug Eardly to make the score 5-1 to the second.  AJ Noll and Doug Eardly brought the difference back to a 4 goal lead with helpers going to Charlie Ryan, Doug Eardly, Drew Morgan and AJ Noll. 

Mason Hagen had 2 goals and an assist. AJ Noll had 2 goals and 3 assists. Doug Eardly had 1 goal and 2 assists while Tyler Hess had 1 goal and 1 assist.  Isaiah Purves picked up the other goal. 

Eric Wright played the first and third period while saving all four shots he saw.  Cory Neff took care of the second period and stopped 2 of the 4 shots he saw.


Sunday Dec. 15  Troy vs. Bowling Green  Lost 9-2

Troy traveled to Bowling Green to take on the one of the best teams in Ohio. Troy stayed with BG for the first period, but BG had a very well coached, deep team that ran three lines against Troy's two lines.  At the end of the game Troy was out played and the score showed it at 9-2.  Troy's lone highlights were unassisted goals by Alex Smith and Mason Hagen.  Eric Wright stayed steady with 46 saves.

Saturday Dec. 14  Troy vs. Elder   Won 9-1

 
The Troy Trojans traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Elder Panthers in another league match up. The snow from overnight was causing some games to be cancelled or delayed, but Troy made the trip and it was a good day for hockey. Troy scored first just 28 seconds into the game when Tyler Hess hit the net with the assists going to Alex Smith and Eli Walters.  Troy scored again to take a 2-0 lead halfway through the first period when Alex Smith found the back of the net. Elder scored their goal when a lack of communication between the Troy defense and goalie Eric Wright caused an unforced error and Elder pushed the puck over the goal line to end the first period with Troy up 2-1.  Alex Smith scored two unanswered goals in the second for a hat trick to give Troy a 4-1 lead and that's the way the second period ended. Alex Smith kept up the scoring to start the 3rd period when he rang the bell again for his 4th goal of the game. AJ Noll then lit the lamp to give Troy a comfortable 6-1 lead. Troy then installed Cory Neff into the net with 10 minutes left in the 3rd.  Isaiah Purves then added a goal when he shot a laser past the Panther goalie for his first score as a Troy varsity player.  Mason Hagen and Alex Smith each scored to give the Trojans their final scores of the day, putting Troy up for good at 9-1.  Alex Smith lead all with 5 goals and 1 assist. Eli Walters added 3 assists. Tyler Hess had a goal and an assist, AJ Noll had a goal and two assists, Isaiah Purves and Mason Hagen each added a goal for Troy. Cory Neff picked up an assist on the last goal of the game, when he made a stop and Alex Smith took the puck down and scored his 5th goal of the game. Eric Wright stopped 9 of 10 shots he faced, while Cory Neff stopped all 4 of the shots he saw.

Troy improved their record to 6 wins, 5 losses and 3 ties.



Friday Dec. 13  Troy vs. St. Xavier   Won 1-0

 
Troy took on a very good league foe in the St. Xavier Bombers at Hobart Arena on Friday night.  The crowd was ready for Troy's first league game and first home contest.  The Bombers came into the game with a very similar record as the Trojans with 5 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties.  Troy came into the game with 4 wins, 5 losses and 3 ties.  The game started fast with the Bombers being very aggressive with 13 shots on goal, while allowing Troy only 3 shots.  The period ended with a 0-0 struggle. The second period was a little different with the Bombers out shooting Troy, but only by 2 shots on goal, 9-7.  The second period came to an end again with a 0-0 deadlock. In the third period the pace was yet a faster yet, with the Bombers out shooting the Trojans 24-7.  The difference in the game happened when Mason Hagen shot a one timer from the left side face off circle to beat the Bombers goalie, for the only score of the game. AJ Noll and Doug Eardly picked up the assists.     The big difference in the game was Troy's goal minder, Eric Wright, Eric kept the Trojans in the game with save after save, shot after shot. After the dust settled, Troy won the game 1-0, even with St. Xavier out shooting Troy with a commanding 47-17 shots on goal.   



Sat.  Dec. 7th  Troy vs. St. Francis DeSales  Lost 6-2


 
Troy was coming off of a great weekend at the Frozen Creek Tournament. They were again in a tournament, but this time there were better teams and it was further away.  Mother Nature was playing havoc with the snow and cold temps and school was cancelled on Friday for most of the Columbus schools causing the cancellation of all of the Friday night games.  This caused the Tournament Director to change the schedule and each team would only play two games.  Troy was scheduled to play DeSales, who they had tied in the preseason.  Troy came out slowly with only 3 shots on goal in the first. Drew Morgan picked up a penalty that caused the Trojans to skate a man down and DeSales cashed in and at the end of the first period DeSales held a 1-0 lead. The second period found DeSales up 4-0 with Troy only getting another 3 shots on goal.  The third period found the struggling Trojans tying to claw their way out of a 4-0 deficit when Mason Hagen found the back of the net from a AJ Noll pass making the score 4-1. DeSales quickly answered with two more goals to take a 6-1 lead.  Eli Walters found a corner of the net open from a rebound to make it a 6-2 game with the helper going to Alex Smith and that was all Troy could do.   Eric Wright was in the net all night taking shot after shot with a shot total of 48 shots on goal. Eric also had to battle shots being deflected and redirected, including three goals coming off of his own defensive players before hitting the net. A tough game for Eric and all of the Trojans. 

 
 

Sat.  Dec. 7th  Troy vs. Gahanna Lincoln  Lost 5-3


Troy was playing the second game of the day in Columbus and was looking at another strong Columbus area team in Gahanna.  Troy fell behind in the first period when Gahanna found a rebound sitting on the door step and pushed it in,  Troy then answered with two power play goals from Eli Watlers and Mason Hagen with assists going to Tyler Hess and Drew Morgan, to take a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period. The second period was back and forth with Gahanna scoring first, Troy answered with a goal from Alex Smith, the assist went to Tyler Hess.  Gahanna then tied the game to end the third period at 3-3.  The third period found the Trojans allowing two unanswered goals by Gahanna late in the third period, to take the lead for good at 5-3, when it appeared that Troy had just run out of steam.  Eric Wright withstood 31 shots on goal allowing 5 of those shots in as goals.

Troy could only muster 2 points in the tournament to finish in a disappointing 6th place out of 8 teams.



FROZEN CREEK TOURNAMENT


Friday Nov. 29  Troy vs. Maumee  Won 11-1

 
Troy started out in the Frozen Creek Tournament slowly, with the first period ending in a 1-1 tie after a score by Doug Eardly.  The second period was a totally different story when the flood gate was opened. Troy took a commanding lead of 9-1 with goals from Jake Uhlenbrock, AJ Noll, Prestyn Hoefler, Doug Eardly and four goals by Mason Hagen. Helpers went to Alex Smith, AJ Noll, Doug Eardly, Jake Uhlenbrock, Kasey Hennessy and Drew Morgan.  The third period saw Alex Smith score 2 goals with assists to Eli Walters and Jake Uhlenbrock. Eric Wright had 7 shots on goal with one slipping past. Cory Neff played the third period and stopped all four shots he saw.

 

Saturday Nov. 30th  Troy vs. North Canton Hoover   Tie 1-1

Troy started out extremely slow with only 2 shots on goal in the first period and allowing a goal by Hoover on 8 shots. Hoover continued to play a diamond in front of the goal that stymied the Trojans game plan.  There was no score in the second period before Alex Smith scored in the third period to tie the score at 1 with the helper going to Eli Walter and Tyler Hess.  The game ended in a disappointing 1-1 tie. Eric Wright stopped 28-of 29 shots.

 

Saturday Nov. 30th  Troy vs. Alter  Won 10-1

Troy was playing its second game in the day and were fired up for their league foe in Alter.  They came out with a plan to shut the Knights down and did so in fine fashion.  Allowing the Knights only one shot on goal in the first period while scoring 3 goals by Alex Smith, AJ Noll and Dough Eardly.  The second period Troy kept a rollen, with scores from Doug Eardly, Eli Walters, and Mason Hagen with an assists from Tyler Hess and Jake Uhlenbrock and AJ Noll each picking up two assists. The Third period came to an end with Troy dominating Alter 6-1. The third period started just as the other two periods had ended with Troy scoring four goals, 3 by Alex Smith and 1 from Mason Hagen with assists to Drew Morgan, Tyler Hess, AJ Noll, Eli Walters and Doug Eardly. Cory Neff played the third period in the goal and allowed Alters only goal with just 1:20left in the game to make the final score 10-1. 

  

 Sunday Dec. 1st   Troy vs. Kenston  Won 6-1

 

Troy had to go home and wait on the game between Beavercreek and Hoover to find out when they would play and that news came shortly before midnight.  Hoover had shut out the Beavers to allow Troy to play in the championship game against the Kenston team that was now undefeated.  Troy came out slowly again, as they had done in many of their previous games, with Troy scoring first by Mason Hagen hitting the corner of the net. Keston was given a goal when Drew Morgan couldn’t find the handle on a rebound and kicked the puck into his own net.  The first period came to an end with the score tied 1-1.  Troy added a shorthanded, unassisted goal in the second period by Tyler Hess to give the Trojans a 2-1 lead.  The third period started with Troy trying to hang onto the lead, but quickly took a deep sigh of relief when Mason Hagen found the back of the net again to give the Trojans a 3-1 lead with just over 8 minutes to play.  AJ Noll then stuck in 2 goals to take away any attempted comeback by Keston.  Alex Smith was awarded a goal when he shot at an empty net and a Kenston defender threw his stick, giving the Trojans their 6th goal of the game with 5 seconds left.  Eric Wright stood on his head for much of the game stopping 21 of 22 shots on goal. Tyler Hess and Alex Smith each had a goal, with Mason Hagen and AJ Noll each adding 2 goals.

Troy took the first play trophy for the sixth time since the start of the Frozen Creek Tournament.

 

 




Sunday Nov. 24  Troy vs. Dublin Coffman  Lost 7-0

 
Troy had very little response to Coffman's continuous shots on goal.  Troy fell behind in the first period 3-0 with only a dismal 4 shots on goal, while Coffman had 18 shots that were stopped by Eric Wright.  Troy struggled against the pressure that the Rocks applied in the neutral zone and had difficulties controlling the puck to even get into the zone.  After the second period Troy had fallen behind 6-0.  When the final buzzer rang Troy went down to their second defeat for the weekend 7-0, with a dismal 7 shots on goal.  Whereas the Rocks appeared to be shooting the puck at will.   The bright spot for the Trojans was again the play of Eric Wright who endured a total of 52 shots, stopping all but 7.


 Friday Nov. 22 Troy vs. Findlay  Lost 7-1


Troy didn't start the regular season on the best foot, but there were still some good points that came from their first two losses of the regular season.  In the first game, the Findlay Trojans were kept to a 1-0 lead after the first period until a few Troy injuries forced Troy to a smaller bench.  Findlay opened the scoring and scored on redirected shots that Troy could not answer.  Findlay clogged the slot and forced Troy to play a more physical game than they were used to.   AJ Noll scored the loan Troy goal with Eli Walters picking up the helper.  Eric Wright finished with 29 saves on 37 shots.
 
 


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