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The Varsity Hockey team finished the regular season with an overall record of 17-5-2 which included a 10-1-1 record in the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League (SWOHSHL). They finished as the regular season champions over Elder who also finished 10-1-1 in league play due to scoring 73 goals compared to Elder's 63 goals in league play. By winning the regular season championship, the Bombers were the #1 seed entering the tournament play this past weekend which resulted in a first round bye.
On Saturday, they faced Troy High School in the semi finals of the SWOHSHL tournament at South Metro Ice in Dayton, OH. Troy advanced to the semi finals via a win over Talawanda on Friday night by a score of 1-0. The Bombers faced Troy twice during the regular season and beat them by scores of 8-3 on 12/3 and 5-1 on 1/29 to clinch the regular season title. St. Xavier did not take the Trojans lightly and it showed as St. Xavier scored 6 times and sophomore GK Bailey Hammons saved all 11 Troy shots to keep them off the scoreboard. The Bombers goals came from freshman Noah Reidy who scored twice, junior Nick Kaneps who also scored twice, senior Jacob Konerman and junior John Driscoll. Konerman and Kaneps also recorded assists while senior Roope Ketola dished out two assists. Seniors Alec Braun and Conor Wilson each had an assist while junior Tyler Dellerman also had an assist. The 6-0 victory propelled the Bombers to the Finals to face the Elder Panthers for a third time this season.
The SWOHSHL Tournament Finals featured the St. Xavier Bombers and Elder Panthers on Sunday afternoon at South Metro Ice as the teams played twice during the regular season. The first game was played to a 1-1 tie on 12-27 while St. Xavier got the best of the 2nd game by a score of 3-1 on 1-28. Both teams were hungry for the win as each team scored twice in the 1st period. Junior Kyle Archdeacon opened the scoring for the Bombers 18 seconds into the game. Elder responded with 2 goals of their own to take the 2-1 lead but senior Alec Braun tied the game up for the Bombers to make it a 2-2 game after the 1st period. St. Xavier came out focused in the 2nd period and the defense locked Elder down. The offense came up big with 3:45 left in the period when Braun found the back of the net once again to make it a 3-2 game. St. Xavier scored once more before the end of the period when junior Billy Johnson netted the 4th goal. The Bombers added one more goal in the final period when Kaneps scored and the defense kept the Panthers off the scoreboard to seal the 5-2 victory. Assists for the Bombers came from Ketola, Reidy, Wilson, Archdeacon and junior Daniel Luongo.
St. Xavier now turns their sights to the OHSAA State Tournament where they were voted the #8 seed in the Columbus Regional. They were the highest seeded Cincinnati team and selected a position on the bracket that gave them a 1st round bye. They will face off against the winner of #10 seeded Olentangy and #15 seeded Centerville on Sunday, February 19 at 1:15 pm in Columbus at the OhioHealth Ice Haus.
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The Varsity Ice Hockey team entered the weekend needing 2 wins to clinch the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League regular season title. The task was daunting as they faced the team right in front of them by a half a game on Saturday.
On Saturday afternoon, the St. Xavier Bombers and Elder Panthers met in a rematch of their earlier season meeting which resulted in a 1-1 tie. Northland Ice Center was packed with parents, students, media and the casual fans for this big time matchup. The St. Xavier seniors were recognized before the game on what was the annual senior day ceremony. After that, the Bombers came out ready as they scored first when senior John Driscoll found the back of the net in the 1st period on an assist from fellow senior Michael Feldkamp. The Bombers added a 2nd period goal to make it a 2-0 game when junior Tyler Dellerman scored a goal during a man down situation on an assist from Driscoll. St. Xavier took the 2-0 lead to the locker room after the 2nd period. Senior Roope Ketola scored the third goal of the game for the Bombers which gave him his 100th career point in the St. Xavier uniform. Junior Daniel Luongo assisted on Ketola's goal. The Panthers would keep sophomore Bailey Hammons from recording the shutout as they score with 6:00 left to make it a 3-1 game but Hammons kept them off the board for the rest of the game to seal the victory. With the win, the Bombers improved to 9-1-1 in the league to put them tied for 1st as Elder dropped to 9-1-1 with the loss.
St. Xavier knew they held the tiebreaker with Elder if they could come away with a victory on Sunday morning over Troy as they had forced 68 goals on the season to the Panthers' 51 goals forced. The Bombers wasted no time as they scored :18 into the game when Driscoll scored on a senior Jacob Konerman assist to give St. Xavier a quick 1-0 advantage. Juniors Neil Keyser, Billy Johnson and Nick Kaneps all added 1st period goals to give the Bombers a 4-0 advantage. Ketola would add the 5th goal for St. Xavier and Hammons and the defense only allowed 1 goal to seal the 5-1 victory. With the victory, St. Xavier finished the SWOHSHL play with a 10-1-1 record and 73 goals forced. Elder ended up beating Mason on Sunday by a score of 12-1 and also finished 10-1-1 but only forced 63 goals, giving the Bombers the SWOHSHL regular season title and the #1 seed in the SWOHSHL tournament.
The Bombers will go to Indiana this weekend to face Zionsville HS on Saturday at 4:45 pm at Carmel Ice Skadium and the South Stars at Perry Park Ice Rink on Sunday at 11:00 am.
St. Xavier receives a bye in the 1st round of the SWOHSHL tournament and will play the winner of the Troy vs. Talawanda game. The semi-final game is scheduled for Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 pm at South Metro Sports in Centerville, OH.
The Varsity Hockey team looked to stay within striking distance of Elder atop the Red Division SWOHSHL standings. The Bombers entered last Saturday with a 7-1-1 league record while Elder entered with an 8-0-1 record. St. Xavier faced off against Sycamore on Saturday while Elder faced a road game at Beavercreek on Sunday.
The Bombers made quick work of the Aviators on Saturday afternoon as they scored early and often. St. Xavier scored a total of 8 goals with senior John Driscoll finding the back of the net twice. Fellow classmates Michael Feldkamp, Jacob Konerman and Conor Wilson all scored as well. Driscoll also added 2 assists while Wilson added an assist as well. Juniors Nick Kaneps, Neil Keyser and Jack Langenderfer scored the other 3 goals for the Bombers. Kaneps added 2 assists and Keyser had 1 assist to go along with their goals. Other assists came from senior Roope Ketola with two, and one each from juniors Kyle Archdeacon and Tyler Dellerman.
Sophomore goalkeeper Bailey Hammons only faced 5 shots on the day and stopped them all en route to posting the blank sheet and capping an 8-0 win for the Bombers.
With the win, St. Xavier improves to 13-4-3 overall and 8-1-1 in SWOHSHL league play. Elder beat Beavercreek on Sunday by a score of 5-2 and they stay ahead of the Bombers with a 9-0-1 league play record.
The two teams will meet for the second time this season on Saturday, January 28 at 4:00 pm at Northland Ice Center. It is senior day for St. Xavier's 7 Varsity seniors and multiple other seniors from the developmental team. In the first meeting of the season on December 27th, the teams played to a defensive battle and a 1-1 tie. The winner of the second matchup on Saturday will have the upper hand in winning the SWOHSHL regular season title.
The Varsity Ice Hockey team split the weekend with 2 wins and 2 losses, with the second win being the last game to secure 5th place overall.
The first win of the tournament was over Moeller with a score of 5-3. Freshman Noah Reidy scored a hat trick. The other two goals were added by Nick Kaneps and Jacob Konerman. Assists came from Roope Ketola, Alec Braun, John Driscoll, Jack Langenderfer, and Tyler Dellerman (2). This was the first time in St. X history that the Varsity team has defeated Moeller in hockey.
The other two games were losses against Upper Arlington (7-2; St. X scorers were Konerman and Reidy with assists from Coner Wilson and Kyle Archdeacon); and Dublin Jermone (3-1; St. X scorer was Daniel Luongo with assists from Jack Langenderfer and Kyle Archdeacon).
The 5th place game was a 4-3 win over Dublin Coffman. Bailey Hammons played a phenomenal game kicking out 29 of 31 shots for a 93% save percentage. One of those saves was a third period breakaway by Coffman's best player. St. X goals were scored by Michael Feldkamp, John Driscoll, Jack Langenderfer, and Alec Braun. Assists were provided by Jacob Konerman, Alec Braun, and John Driscoll.
The Bombers continue league play on Saturday, January 21st when they take on Sycamore at 9:30 am at Northland Ice Center.
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The St. Xavier Varsity Hockey team opened their SWOHSHL play over the weekend with one game on Saturday vs. Troy at Hobart Arena and one game on Sunday vs. Beavercreek at Northland Ice Center. The Bombers looked strong on Saturday as they defeated Troy by a score of 8-3. Freshman Noah Reidy and junior John Driscoll each recorded 2 goals to lead St. Xavier's scoring attack. Seniors Tyler Dellerman and Roope Ketola and juniors Kyle Archdeacon and Neil Keyser all added goals. Leading assist men were junior John Langenderfer with 3, Archdeacon with 2, senior Michael Feldkamp with 2. With the win, St. Xavier secured their first 2 points of league play and gave them a win over a Red Division foe in the SWOHSHL.
On Sunday, the Bombers hosted another SWOHSHL foe but from the Gold Division, the Beavercreek Beavers, at Northland Ice Center for their first home game of the year. Once again, St. Xavier scored 8 goals en route to an 8-2 victory. Reidy scored two more goals and junior Nick Kaneps also netted two goals to lead St. Xavier. Other goal scorers included Dellerman, Feldkamp, Driscoll and senior Jacob Konerman. Along with his two goals, Reidy also had 2 assists while junior Daniel Luongo also assisted on two goals. Senior Alec Braun recorded two assists of his own as well.
With the 2 wins over the weekend, St. Xavier improved to 4-2-0 on the season as they opened their regular season in the 2016 Thanksgiving Dublin Chiller Classic in Dublin, OH over Thanksgiving weekend. There they claimed 5th place after beating Springboro. They dropped their opener in the tournament to Lake Catholic HS by a score of 6-3 on the Friday night but bounced back on Saturday morning with a 4-3 victory over Centerville. They ended up in the 5th place game after a 9-2 Saturday afternoon loss to Dublin Jerome.
The Bombers will face off against GCL Rival Moeller on Thursday, December 8 at US Bank Arena for GCL Night. The puck will drop at 7:15 pm.
St. Xavier Hockey Names Taylor New Head Coach
St. Xavier High School is pleased to announce Kevin Taylor as the new head coach for the Bomber Hockey Team. Taylor served as the head coach of the JV Hockey Team from 2009-2015.
Taylor brings a wealth of experience to the hockey program through his involvement with the Cincinnati Amateur Hockey Association where he as the Director of Hockey, Trustee and also served as a minor hockey coach.
"I'm looking forward to the upcoming season and being able to take the reins of the St. Xavier Hockey Program and keep it strong and growing. Taking a role like this offers new challenges and great opportunities," said Taylor.
Taylor is orginally from Waterloo, Ontario Canada where he was the Director of Hockey for CAHA. He is currently the Global Professional & Technical Affairs Manager for Proctor & Gamble.
"My job will be to chart the course of St. Xavier hockey for future generations of Bomber hockey players," said Taylor. "My goal is to have a positive impact on the program, the players and my staff. We have to remember that this is all about the journey, not the destination."
St. Xavier Hockey Names Kamp New Head Coach
St. Xavier High School is pleased to announce Jason Kamp as the new head coach for the Bomber Hockey Team.
Kamp has been coaching in the St. Xavier Hockey program serving as the Varsity Assistant Head Coach under Head Coach Adam Tramonte.
“After nine years with the hockey program as an assistant coach, I am very excited to have an opportunity to continue the great work of Adam Tramonte, all the coaches, our dedicated parents, and the many quality young men who have helped to grow the St. Xavier hockey program into one of the premier high school programs in the state. Having played hockey more or less my entire life, I missed the opportunity to wear a St. X sweater (jersey) by three years. Thanks to my brother, Bomber hockey has now been a part of my life since 2004. It has provided me with many wonderful experiences and, perhaps, my most treasured family memory ever: the team’s District Championship in 2008 -- my first year as a Varsity coach and my brother Jordy’s senior year. For me, the model of our program as a family and a brotherhood could not be more literal and genuine. Motivated by an intense desire to give back, I am honored to have the opportunity to execute my own vision for the program, one committed to a 'team first attitude,' growth, and perseverance.”
Kamp graduated from St. Xavier in 1998 and is currently an English teacher at his alma mater. He has an undergrad from Miami of Ohio and is currently working on his Masters from Xavier University.
“I am most excited to work with the many wonderful people who are connected to our hockey family, not least of which are the players – the upstanding young men who give so generously of their time and energy to the sport they love. I’m always so proud of the many compliments I receive around the building about how the players are polite, kind, and hardworking. The 2015-16 season should be an exciting one. It’s possible that next year’s team could be our most senior-laden team ever. I look forward to relying on their experience as I find my way as a first year head coach!”
The St. Xavier Ice Hockey team had to wait 4 additional days to play their 2nd round OHSAA game because of the weather delaying the game from Saturday to Wednesday evening. They also were faced with traveling to Oxford, OH to play at Goggin Ice Arena against Oxford Talawanda even though the Bombers were the 7th seed and the Braves were the 14th seed. St. Xavier overcame all of those elements on Wednesday evening and jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead with a goal by senior Justin LeFevre with 6:56 left in the 1st period. The Bombers scored another goal in the 2nd period to take a 2-0 lead before Talawanda finally scored to cut the lead to 2-1. St. Xavier came up with a short handed goal to take a 3-1 lead into the 2nd period intermission. LeFevre scored both goals in the 2nd period for his hat trick for the Bombers. Talawanda came out quickly and scored to cut into St. Xavier's lead and make it 3-2. The Braves would add another goal with 3 minutes left to tie the game up at 3-3. The Bombers would respond quickly by scoring the go ahead goal with 2:11 left in the game and then added an empty net goal to make it a 5-3 final. St. Xavier advances with the win to the OHSAA Columbus District Quarterfinals on Saturday, February 28th at 1:30 pm and will take on the top seeded Dublin Jerome Celts at the OhioHealth IceHaus in Columbus, OH.
The Bombers Varsity Ice Hockey team beat Beavercreek on Thursday night at the Cincinnati Gardens by a score of 3-0 to advance to the semi finals of the SWOHSHL on Saturday night against Centerville. The Bombers skated to another shutout win and beat the Elk by a score of 4-0. St. Xavier advances to the League Championship game on Sunday at 3:00 pm to face off against Springboro at the Dayton South Metro facility. During the regular season, the Bombers and Springboro played two times in which Springboro won 2-0 in the 1st game and the teams tied 1-1 in the second game.
The OHSAA Ice Hockey Tournament brackets have been set and the Bombers recieved the 7th seed in the Columbus Regional. St. Xavier will face off on Saturday, February 21st at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at 8:00pm against the winner of Talawanda/Dublin Scioto game that will be played on Friday, February 20th. Should the Bombers win, they will play on Saturday, February 28th at 1:30 pm at the OhioHealth Ice Haus.
The Varsity Bombers Ice Hockey team wrapped up a successful regular season with two wins in Louisville over the weekend. They beat the Lexington Thoroughbreds on Friday night by a score of 3-1 and then beat Louisville Trinity HS by a score of 5-1 on Saturday. The Bombers ended the season on a 5-0-2 streak and are playing some of their best hockey since the beginning of the season. It is just in time for their league tournament that begins this Thursday, February 12th against the Beavercreek Beavers at the Cincinnati Gardens at 6:00 pm. If the Bombers win on Thursday evening they would play on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm at the South Metro Sports complex against Springboro in the semi finals. The finals will be held on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm at the South Metro Sports complex. St. Xavier finished the season in 3rd place of the Red Division in the SWOHSHL with an 8-3-2 league record and 18 points, 2 points behind 2nd place Centerville and 5 points behind 1st place Springboro. The Bombers finished 7th in voting in the Coaches Poll in the Columbus District, which should give them a favorable seed in the OHSAA Playoffs. St. Xavier started the season 10-0-3 to help make their overall record stand at 15-9-5. The Bombers look to carry their momenteum of late into the final weeks of the season during tournament play.
The Bombers Varsity Ice Hockey team had three games in three days over the weekend and went 2-0-1. The Bombers started the weekend by facing off against the team they shared 1st place with in the SWOHSHL, the Centerville Elks. The game was in Centerville so the Bombers would have to overcome the travel and play well in a big matchup. St. Xavier did just that as they took command of first place with a 7-2 win over Centerville.
St. Xavier and the other GCL South schools held GCL night at the Cincinnati Gardens on Saturday night. The Varsity and JV Bombers faced off against the Moeller Crusaders. The Varsity played a back and forth game as Moeller would take the lead 2-1 but the Bombers fought back to tie it at 2-2. The Crusaders added another goal to lead 3-2 late into the 3rd period but the Bombers scored once more before the final buzzer and the game ended in a 3-3 tie. The JV Bombers took care of the Crusaders by winning 10-0 in the nightcap.
The Varsity Bombers had to wake up early on Sunday and bounce back quickly with a game at 8:45 am against Sycamore HS. St. Xavier would fall behind 1-0 early but finally tied the score at 1-1 in the 2nd period. The game remained tied 1-1 until 6:30 left in the game when St. Xavier added a goal to take a 2-1 lead which they held for the remainder of the game to post their 2nd victory of the weekend. The Bombers now boast an 8-0-2 record overall and 3-0-0 in league play. St. Xavier is part of the Elder Christmas Tournament at the Cincinnati Gardens and will play on December 26th at 2:30 pm against the host, Elder High School.
GCL Hockey Night
Saturday, December 20 is GCL Hockey Night. Cheer on the Bombers at Cincinnati Gardens.
Games begin at 4 p.m. with the reserve squad vs. Elder followed by and undefeated St. X Varsity team as they take on the Moeller Crusaders at 7 p.m. The JV team also takes on Moeller beginning at 8:30 p.m.
There will be door prizes, spirit wear, split the pot and more.
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The Varsity Hockey Bombers opened league play over the weekend with one game on Friday night against Beavercreek at the Cincinnati Gardens and one game on Sunday evening against Troy High School in Troy, OH at Hobart Arena. The Bombers jumped on Beavercreek early by taking a 2-0 lead at the end of the 1st period. It was a very heated game but the Bombers kept their composure to lead 3-1 after 2 periods and added 2 more goals in the last period to win 5-1. It was the opposite scenario in the game against Troy when Troy started the game with a goal to take a 1-0 lead but the Bombers quickly responded to tie it up at 1-1. The Bombers would add two more goals before the end of the 1st period to take a 3-1 lead to intermission. In the 2nd period, the Bombers would take control of the game by scoring three more goals and would lead 6-2 at the end of the 2nd period. No goals were scored in the last period and the Bombers took home a 6-2 win. After the two wins over the weekend, St. Xavier improves to 6-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the SWOHSHL. The Bombers share first place with Centerville who they play this Friday, December 19th at 7:00 pm at Metro South Hockey Complex in Centerville, OH. The Bombers will also be a part of GCL Night at the Cincinnati Gardens this Saturday, December 20th where all of the GCL South Teams will play. The Bombers Reserve team plays at 4:00 pm against Elder which will be followed by Elder vs. LaSalle Varsity at 5:30pm then St. Xavier Varsity vs. Moeller Varsity at 7:00 pm with the nightcap being the St. X JV vs. Moeller JV at 8:30 pm.
As the East division Champions, the Bombers faced off against league foe Centerville who won the West division. The Bombers started off the scoring and never looked back, clinching the championship trophy with a decisive 7-0 victory. The Ice Hockey team hosts their home season opener against Gahanna Lincoln this Saturday, 12/6 at The Cincinnati Gardens at 4:00pm.