Talawanda’s hockey team got the weekend off to a good start with a solid win Friday night, Dec. 3, but dropped games on Saturday and Sunday to fall to 3-5 on the young season.
The loss Sunday was a lopsided one to Springboro by a 7-3 score after a close loss to St. Xavier Saturday night by a single goal, 5-3. The weekend had started out with promise as the Braves opened Southwestern Ohio High School Hockey League play with an 8-2 win over Sycamore.
Sunday’s loss was the only home game of the three over the weekend as the Friday and Saturday games were played at the Cincinnati Gardens.
Springboro scored three times in the third period Sunday at Goggin Ice Arena after the Braves had gotten close with a Jake Jackson goal in the second period to cut the Panthers’ lead to 4-3. Jackson’s goal had assists from Justin McGoldrick and Sam Poetter. It was Jackson’s second goal of the game with Tom Clayton adding the other score.
McGoldrick and Poetter each had two assists in the game and goalie Andy Sens had 21 saves in goal.
Springboro stole the momentum in the game and pulled away with their three scores in the final period.
Talawanda and St. X skated to a close contest on Saturday at the Gardens, where Talawanda took the early lead 2-1 with goals by Kyle Engel, unassisted, and Zach Sens in the first period.
The score stood at 3-3 after two periods, however and the Bombers scored first in the third frame. Jackson scored the tie it for Talawanda with his second tally of the night on a shorthanded shot. With 10 minutes remaining, though, Talawanda was playing a man short and gave up what would prove to be the winning goal for St. X.
Andy Sens stopped 18 shots and Brandon Tafelski, with two assists; and Sam Poetter and Engel, with one each, marked the scoring column with helpers.
The Friday win over Sycamore opened 2010-11 SWOHSHL play and in decisive fashion behind the goaltending of Andy Sens and a first period scoring spree. Sens notched 26 saves for the game.
The Braves jumped to a 4-1 after one period and kept control throughout the second period improving the score to 6-1. Jackson and Engel each scored hat tricks, and Engel added an assist. Also scoring were McGoldrick, with a goal and two assists, and Zach Sens, a goal and two assists, while Ryan Marks and Tom Clayton each notched two helpers.
The Braves take their 3-5 record into this weekend’s home games against Elder on Saturday Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. and against Findlay on Sunday Dec. 12 at 2:15 p. m.