02-24-10, 11:03 AM
Anybody know who scored for Coffman in the game against Scioto?
Specifically is Sam O'Brien back from his injury?
Their web site and the Columbus Dispatch has been interestingly sparse on specifics of their (and others) games.
apperently hes going to see the doctor everyweek until hes cleared to play
02-26-10, 11:23 AM
Coffman opened district play last Saturday with a 10-0 win over Scioto.
Sam O'Brien, who missed six games because of a fracture of his third thoracic vertebra, scored three goals in his first game back.
Kevin Putnam, Gunner Gruehl and Eric Gute each scored two goals and Evan Bowdy scored one.
"Sam's getting back into the flow of things and I think our entire team's getting back on track," Putnam said.
03-12-10, 11:26 AM
Hockey: Coffman hopes for a little more magic
Friday, March 12, 2010 3:19 AM
By Tyler James
Dublin Coffman's hockey season should be over.
In a district semifinal on Feb. 28, top-seeded Cincinnati Sycamore had an overtime shot at an open net to end the Shamrocks' season.
"The game's over," Coffman coach Perry Pooley said he thought at the time. "I can still see that shot; I can still see the feed. Shot it wide."
After the Sycamore player missed, second-seeded Coffman escaped with a 5-4 victory in triple overtime. In the final, the Shamrocks managed another overtime victory, beating Centerville 2-1 to avenge a tournament loss last season.
The wins put the Shamrocks (30-7-2) in the state tournament for the first time. They play Sylvania Northview (20-8-3) in a semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday in Nationwide Arena. Cleveland St. Ignatius and Hunting Valley University School meet in the other semifinal, with the winners meeting at noon Sunday.
With success in consecutive years, Pooley has realized that sometimes it takes a couple of breaks to make it as far as the state tournament.
"Everything has to go right," he said. "At some point you're going to have to win an overtime game. You're going to get a break."
With four overtime sessions over a span of four playoff games, the Shamrocks have had plenty of moments when one goal could have ended their season. That puts pressure on senior goaltender Alex Rogers.
Pooley said his team has to keep games low-scoring, because their offense has struggled at times. Rogers has done his part. In four postseason games, he has allowed only six goals and has two shutouts.
"I'd put him up there as one of the best in the state," Pooley said.
Rogers, a goalie since his freshman season, is confident because of his supporting cast.
"We have probably the best defense I've ever played with," Rogers said. "They hold all the shots to the outside, which I save. I think if I can keep them to two (goals) or less, I think we can win."
A win would not only be a first for Coffman, but for central Ohio. None of the three other area teams to make the state tournament - Upper Arlington twice and Thomas Worthington - has won its semifinal.
The Shamrocks hope to enjoy a home-crowd advantage in a tournament normally dominated by Toledo- and Cleveland-area schools.
They also hope a beefed-up schedule paves the way for success this weekend. Coffman played in Lakewood St. Edward's holiday tournament and went 0-2-2, including a tie with University School.
Junior center Sam O'Brien, whom Pooley called the team's best offensive player, said the experience in the Cleveland area will help Coffman in the long run.
"When we go up to Cleveland or play the harder teams, it gives us a perspective of what the rest of the state is and how much we're going to have to try if we want to win the state championship," O'Brien said.
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