It is touted as the best night in high school sports and the Bombers certainly made their name known.
The Cinicnnati.com Sports Awards takes place every spring and honors Fall and Winter high school athletes in every sport. This year's event was held at Music Hall and St. Xavier student athletes were well represented on stage accepting hardware.
Senior Cameron Frazier won the first Bombers' award of the night when he was announced as the winner of Golfer of the Year. Frazier had a great season that included a hole-in-one at the Jesuit Cup at Red Tail GC. He led the golf program to a 3rd straight GCL Title as well as Sectional and District Championships and a 4th place finish at the OHSAA Div. I State Championship.
Sophomore Noah Reidy was announced as the winner of Hockey Player of the Year as he led the Bombers to a 19-8-4 record on the season. St. Xavier won the SWOHSHL tournament with Reidy playing a key roll on the offensive end.
Senior Nicholas Perera won the Swimmer of the Year award as he helped lead the Bombers to their 10th straight OHSAA Div. I State Title. Perera won the 200 IM at the State Championship Meet and finished runner-up in the 500 free. He also was a part of the 200 Free Relay team that won their event.
Senior Chase Wolf was announced as the winner of the Mr. Greater Cincinnati Award which is given to the top male athlete in Greater Cincinnati that stands out in multiple sports. Wolf was named the GCL Athlete of the Year in football and was on the All GCL 1st team as quarterback. He led the Bombers to a 9-1 regular season record and a regional runner up finish. He was also named to the All Ohio 1st Team as well as offensive player of the year for the SW District. In basketball, Wolf played in 22 games for St. Xavier and averaged 11 points per game. He was named to the All GCL 1st Team and was Honorable Mention for All SW Ohio.
Other St. Xavier nominees included:
Oscar Zimmerman - Golfer of the Year
Nick Kaneps - Hockey Player of the Year
Justin Grender - Swimmer of the Year
St. Xavier Swimming and Diving - Team of the Year
St. Xavier High School is excited to announce the hiring of Elliott Johnson as the Head Hockey Coach. Johnson is the program’s 6th hockey coach that started in 2003 and is currently the defending back to back SWOHSHL champions.
Coach Johnson has been with the St. Xavier Hockey Program for six years. He started as an assistant coach of the JV team from 2012-13 to 2014-15. The third and final year on JV resulted in the team reaching the JV Frozen Four in the 2014-15 season. The past three years he has held the same position with the Varsity team. Those teams accomplished back-to-back SWOHSHL League Championships in 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
“We appreciate Kevin Taylor’s contributions to St. Xavier High School and his dedication to the hockey program and wish him nothing but the best in his new endeavors,” says Interim Director of Athletics, Nick Van Zile ’03. “We are very excited about the future of the Hockey program with Elliott taking over as he has been a vital part of the program’s recent success. Elliott has a great knowledge of hockey but, most importantly, has a great understanding of the hockey program and how our mission makes the ice an extension of the classroom.”
Coach Johnson is a graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School (HSE) in Indiana, and the University of Dayton. He currently resides in Mariemont with his wife Meg, and they are expecting their first child in June. Coach Johnson is taking over for Coach Kevin Taylor for whom he says without none of this would be possible.
"I thought I knew hockey, and then I got to work with Coach Taylor. We will do everything we can to replicate and build upon the success he has led us to over his time with the program. I'm ready to get to work and win some hockey games." Coach Johnson would also like to thank Coach Tyler Styons for his contributions over their six seasons together and acknowledge the many sacrifices he made to get the program to where it is today.
The Bomber Hockey team opened up OHSAA tournament play last weekend against the Troy Trojans. The Bombers earned the number twelve seed in the district, with Troy earning the twenty second seed. The Bombers and Trojans have been familiar foes this year, as this would be the fifth match-up of the season. The Bombers took the previous four match-ups in commanding fashion. This one did not start the same, as the Bombers and Trojans went to the locker room after the first period with the score tied at zero. This stayed true for the majority of the second period, until senior defenseman Tyler Dellerman came into the zone and fired a slap shot into the top left corner of the net. The goal was assisted by senior John Driscoll. The Trojans then took two penalties at the same time, giving the Bomber power play a full two minute five on three. The Bombers power play was broken in half by the end of the period, and although Troy proceeded to take another penalty, the Bombers were unable to capitalize on the first part of the power play. The Bombers came out in the third period, with another minute left on the initial five on three, and sophomore Noah Reidy was able to find the back of the net on a feed from Dellerman to make it 2-0 Bombers. The Bombers and Trojans continued to play five on three, due to the penalty committed by Troy during the initial five on three. Moments after the five on three ended, sophomore Jake Anding found Dellerman, and Dellerman was able to find the net for the second time of the game. Freshman Zach Bohn then went on to add a goal that was unassisted to make it 4-0. Then another Freshman, Nick Langenderfer, found the back of the net and the assists were credited to senior Billy Johnson and sophomore Nick DeCarlo. The Bombers weren’t finished scoring yet, as Driscoll made it 6-0. Then with the Bombers being short-handed, senior Jack Langenderfer found the back of the net, with assists credited to Bohn and Dellerman. Senior Nick Kaneps scored the eighth and final goal of the night for the Bombers. Sophomore Alex Hill recorded his third shutout of the season. The Bombers were led by Dellerman with 4 point (2G, 2A), Driscoll with 2 points (1G, 1A), and Bohn with 2 points (1G, 1A).
The Bombers then moved on to the second round of OHSAA tournament and would face, the eight seed, Bishop Watterson on Sunday. The Bombers got on the board earlier in this game as Jack Langenderfer scored in the first period, and the goal was assisted by senior defenseman Aiden Krueger. Then early in the second period Dellerman was able to find the back of the net on a feed from Reidy. The secondary assist was given to Anding. Then Jack Langenderfer recorded his second goal of the game to make it 3-0. That goal was assisted by Bohn. The Bombers continued the strong second period by scoring two more goals. The two goals were scored by senior Neil Keyser and Bohn respectively. The assists were given to Driscoll and Jack Langenderfer. Then Bishop Watterson came out fast in the third period scoring two goals to make it 5-2. One of those goals came on the power play. The Bombers answered, as Jack Langenderfer capped off his hat trick with an unassisted goal, and Reidy recorded his first goal of the game, also unassisted. The Bombers won the game 7-2
The Bombers advance to their sectional final, which will take place on Saturday at 4:45 at the Ice Haus, which is connected to Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The Bombers, the only non top eight seed to advance, will take on the second seed in the district, Olentangy Liberty. This is the furthest that the Bombers have advanced in the state tournament since the 2015 tournament, in which the Bombers lost to Dublin Jerome in the sectional final. The only other local team left in the District is the fourth seed Moeller Crusaders, and the Bombers and Crusaders could play each other on Sunday at 5:45 pm at the Ice Haus, if both of the teams are able to win their next game.
The Varsity Hockey Bombers faced a familiar foe on Sunday night in the 2018 Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League Title Game in the Elder Panthers. Elder finished the regular season with a 13-0-0 record in league play that included a 9-2 win and a 4-1 win over the Bombers to earn the #1 seed in the tournament. St. Xavier finished league play with a 10-2-1 record and finished as the #2 seed and looked forward to the rematch with the Panthers. Elder reached the finals after a 6-3 win over Talwanda in the semi finals while St. Xavier beat Troy 7-1 in their semi final game. The Bombers also were playing to keep the SWOHSHL Trophy as they were looking to win back to back titles after winning it for the first time ever in 2017.
St. Xavier came out from the start very focused and dominated play in the 1st period. Sophomore Noah Reidy got the scoring started with a goal around the 6 minute mark to give the Bombers a 1-0 lead. The Bombers stayed focused for the rest of the period and killed an Elder power play and took that 1-0 lead to the locker room after period one. St. Xavier brought the same intensity into the 2nd period and freshman Nick Langenderfer scored with 8:18 left in the period to make it a 2-0 lead. Elder committed back to back penalties late in the period which gave St. Xavier a 5 on 3 advantage which senior Nick Kaneps capitalized on by scoring with just 8 seconds left on the clock to give the Bombers a 3-0 lead heading to the locker room for the last ice cut. The Bombers made a statement out of the locker room in the last period as they scored two goals within the first 1:30 of the period. It was Reidy who scored his second goal of the game less than a minute into the period to make it 4-0 and then senior Kyle Archdeacon followed with a goal just over thirty seconds later to make it 5-0 Bombers. Senior Tyler Dellerman, who had a hat trick in the semi finals, scored the next two goals of the game on long range slap shots to extend the lead to 7-0. Senior Neil Keyser put the finishing touches on the St. Xavier scoring as he went coast to coast to score to make it 8-0. The Panthers did get on the board with a goal but the Bombers defense continued to be stingy and held onto the 8-1 lead to make it the final score.
The St. Xavier Bombers were presented the SWOHSHL Trophy for the second straight year with the win. The Bombers will now turn their sights to the OHSAA State Tournament where they face Troy HS on Saturday, February 17 at 5:30 pm at Chiller North in Columbus. With a win on Saturday, they would take on Bishop Watterson on Sunday, February 18 at 1:15 pm at the Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. St. Xavier enters the tournament as the #12 seed in the Columbus Regional while Troy enters as #22 and Bishop Watterson is #8.
The Varsity Hockey Bombers finished the regular season with a 15-7-4 overall record and finished 10-2-1 in the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League which placed them second behind undefeated Elder. The Bombers entered the postseason looking to defend their league title that they won last year. St. Xavier earned the second seed in the 2018 SWOHSHL Tournament and played the number five seeded Troy Trojans on Saturday night in the semi finals. Troy advanced with an upset win over fourth seeded Alter on Thursday night. The Bombers had a bye to the semi finals.
St. Xavier came out hot as senior Tyler Dellerman scored 3 of the first 4 goals of the game to get his hat trick early. Senior Kyle Archdeacon also scored to put the Bombers out ahead 4-0. Senior Jack Langenderfer scored the next two goals for St. Xavier to extend the lead to 6-0 before Troy got on the scoreboard to make it 6-1. Sophomore Max Boulton scored the final goal of the night to make it a 7-1 final.
Dellerman finished the night with 3 goals and 1 assist while Langenderfer finished with 2 goals and 3 assists. Boulton had 1 goal and 1 assist while Archdeacon finished with a goal and an assists as well. Freshman Trevor Tiemeyer finished with 2 assists. Seniors Aiden Krueger and Neil Keyser each had an assist as did freshman Nick Langenderfer.
With the win, St. Xavier will face Elder in the Finals of the SWOHSHL this evening at 6 pm. The Bombers will look to defend their title by avenging two regular season losses to the Panthers.
The Bomber Hockey team looked to finish off their regular season with a bang, as they took on Troy, on senior day, in a non-league game. After honoring the Bombers’ 14 seniors, the Bombers came out flying. This was the best game that the Bombers had played all year. The Bombers won this game 11-0. The Bomber goals were scored by senior Neil Keyser (2), sophomore Noah Reidy (3), senior Billy Johnson (3), senior John Driscoll (2), and junior Chris Langenderfer. The assists were given to senior Daniel Luongo, sophomore Jake Anding (2), senior Tyler Dellerman, senior Kyle Archdeacon (2), freshman Nick Langenderfer (2), Driscoll, senior Jack Langenderfer, senior Nick Kaneps.
The Bombers then looked to finish up the SWOHSHL regular season with a league game against Beavercreek. The Bombers did not get off to as fast a start in this game, as it was 0-0 after the first period, but the Bombers went on to win the game 4-2. The goals were scored by Keyser, freshman Trevor Tiemeyer, Jack Langenderfer, and Reidy. The Bombers assists were credited to Driscoll and Dellerman (2).
The Bombers finished 9-2 in league play, and 15-7-3 overall. This was good enough to earn the two seed in the SWOHSHL tournament which starts February 10th at 6pm. The Bombers will face the winner of the Centerville Talawanda game which takes place Friday night. This year the league tournament will take place at Northland Ice Center.
The Bomber hockey team conquered the weather on Friday and made the trek north to Toledo for the Mark Rasmus Invitational, hosted by Toledo St. Johns. The Bombers first opponent was supposed to be Upper Arlington out of Columbus, but this was not the case. Due to the school not allowing the team to travel, as well as the University School team not being allowed to travel, the Bombers faced the number five team in the state, Dublin Jerome. The Bombers came out strong, but it was Jerome who stuck first in the final minute of the first period. The Bombers came out even stronger after the first intermission, but once again it was Jerome scoring in the final minute of the period. The Bombers were then able to break the goose egg in the third period, as sophomore Noah Reidy went around the Jerome defenseman and put the puck in the back of the net. The Bombers then gave Jerome a taste of their own medicine, as senior Nick Kaneps finished off the 2 on 1 by putting the pass from junior James Winstel in the back of the net to tie the game with 27 seconds remaining. The game ended in a tie. Other assists were credited to Jack Langenderfer and Max Boulton
The Bombers then looked to carry the momentum into a game against the host, Toledo St. Johns. This game did not go as well, as the Bombers lost 5-0. The Bombers best scoring chance came on a breakaway by senior Tyler Dellerman. He was not able to capitalize as the St. Johns goalie came up with a big save.
The Bombers then looked to get back on track against Dublin Coffman. The Bombers did not get off to a good start, as Coffman put the puck in the back of the net within the first ten seconds. The Bombers then took a 2-1 lead on goals by senior Jack Langenderfer and freshman Nick Langenderfer, but Coffman answered with two goals of their own. The Bombers then scored their third goal of the game, which came on the powerplay. Dellerman picked up the puck in the Bombers defensive zone and chipped it passed two Coffman defenders and made a pass to Jack Langenderfer, who then made a return feed to Dellerman who put it in the net. This game ended in a tie as well. The assists on the other goals were credited to sophomore Max Boulton and Jack Langenderfer.
The Bombers finished second in their pool, which was good enough to get into the third place game against Dublin Jerome. This game did not go the same way as the first one. The Bombers jumped on the board early, when Nick Langenderfer put the puck past the Jerome goaltender. The assist was credited to Boulton.
The Bombers performance in the tournament was good enough to move them into the top ten in the district. This weekend, they play Alter on Saturday night at 10pm at Kettering Rec Center. Then they play another league game on Sunday against Troy at 4pm at Northland Ice Center.
The Bomber Hockey them looked to carry the momentum from their first ever win on GCL Night earlier in the week. Once again, they faced a GCL foe on Saturday night. The Bombers traveled to Sports Plus for a 9:30 pm game against the Lasalle Lancers. This is the Lancers first season back as a program, as they did not have a team last year. The Bombers took this game 10-0 and were led by a hat trick from senior Neil Keyser. Sophomore Alex Hill was between the pipes and had the two-save shutout.
The Bombers then traveled to Troy on Sunday for a 5:45 matchup with the Trojans. Just like against Lasalle, the Bombers dominated the play, outshooting Troy 37-6. The Bombers went on to win the game 4-0. Bomber goals were scored by sophomore Jake Anding, senior John Driscoll, senior Tyler Dellerman, and sophomore Nick DeCarlo. This was DeCarlo’s first career varsity goal. The following Bombers recorded assists: senior Daniel Luongo, senior Jack Langenderfer, Ty Dellerman, senior Kyle Archdeacon, freshman Nick Langenderfer, senior Aiden Kruger. Sophomore Bailey Hammons picked up the shutout against the Trojans.
St. Xavier improves to 7-4-1 overall and 4-1-0 in SWOHSHL play with the two wins. The Bombers look to continue their success in league play, as they will participate in the Elder Christmas Tournament. In the tournament, the Bombers play Sycamore (10/26 at 4pm), Talawanda (10/27 at 9:30am), Elder (10/28 at 9:30am), and Northern Kentucky (10/28 at 5pm). The Sycamore, Talawanda, and Elder games all count as league games for the Bombers.
-Tyler Dellerman '18
The St. Xavier Varsity Hockey Team took on the Moeller Crusaders Tuesday night as a part of GCL night. The game was played at U.S. Bank Arena in front of a boisterous crowd. This crowd added excitement to the game, helping to make the night a special evening of hockey in Cincinnati. Before the game, the rival teams worked together to raise money for the Noelle Braun Foundation and the Broken Bus Charities. This matchup is always a special one for the players and both teams played hard from puck drop to the final whistle.
The Bombers jumped out to the early lead when freshman Nick Langenderfer scored on a beautiful slapshot goal to complete his breakaway. This made the score 1-0, a lead the Bombers would hold take into the first intermission. Moeller came out for the second period fast, evening up the score five minutes into the second period. The game wouldn’t be tied for long as senior defenseman Tyler Dellerman put a slapshot past the Moeller goalie less than three minutes later. The goal was made possible thanks to a face off win by senior Neil Keyser and Nick Langenderfer who both tallied assists on the goal. No more goals would be scored in the period, giving the Bombers a 2-1 lead for the puck drop in the third period. Sophomore Noah Reidy scored an insurance goal just over five minutes into the final period, making the score 3-1. Keyser and Nick Langenderfer had assists on this goal as well. Sophomore Jake Anding put the explanation point on the win with a nice goal to make the score 4-1 with 5:11 left in the game. The goal came off a rebound after a fantastic drive to the net by senior John Driscoll who would get the assist on the play. Sophomore goaltender Bailey Hammons had 10 or more saves and was a crucial part in the Bombers’ win.
Nick Langenderfer led the team in points (3) followed by Neil Keyser (2), Tyler Dellerman (1), John Driscoll (1), Noah Reidy (1), and Jake Anding (1). The win improves the team’s record to 5-4-1 overall with a 2-1-0 record in league play. The Bombers play another GCL rival in LaSalle on Saturday at Sports Plus at 9:30 pm followed by a league game against Troy at Hobart Arena on Sunday at 5:30 pm. The team will look to ride their momentum through the weekend and come away with a few more wins on the year.
The Varsity Hockey Bombers travel to US Bank Arena to take on another GCL Rival, the Moeller Crusaders. The JV game starts at 5:30 pm and the Varsity game starts at 7 pm!
The St. X Pep Band and Bomb Squad will be attending. Two charities will be honored that are close to the Bomber Hockey Community, the Noelle Braun Foundation and Broken Bus Charities. Donations to both charities will be accepted that night, and everyone that contributes will be entered into a raffle for FOUR Cyclones Tickets.
Admission to the games are free! All are invited for a fun night of hockey to cheer on the Bombers!
The Bombers opened up their weekend with a non-league game against Indian Hill last Saturday at 7 pm. The game took place at Indian Hill Winter Club. The Bombers did not play their best hockey in this one. The Bombers got on the board first when senior Tyler Dellerman put the puck past the goaltender. Indian Hill responded with two goals. The Bombers came back to score two more goals. One goal by senior John Driscoll on a shot from close to the corner and a slap shot from the high slot by freshman Nick Langenderfer. Indian Hill then put up two goals in the same shift to take a 4-3 lead. Indian Hill added another goal to make it a 5-3 game. Then Bomber’s senior Kyle Archdeacon was able to get one past the Indian Hill goaltender to make it a one goal game. Indian Hill went on to add an empty net goal to seal the game. The Bombers got assists from sophomore Noah Reidy, senior Billy Johnson, Dellerman, and Driscoll.
The Bombers looked to rebound quickly with their second league game of the season against Centerville. The Bombers got on the board first as Reidy was able to find the back of the net, 30 seconds in, with an assist from Jack Langenderfer. Then, with 10 minutes left in the period senior Nick Kaneps found the back of the net with Jack Langenderfer recording another assist. The Bombers continued the pressure, and got a third goal, this one on the power play, when Dellerman made a pass across the zone to senior Daniel Luongo who one-timed it past the Centerville goaltender. Centerville finally got on the board in the second, but this did not stop the Bombers, as they went on to win the game 8-2. Reidy added two more goals later in the game to record the hat trick. Freshman Trevor Tiemeyer also had two goals. Archdeacon added one of his own towards the end of his game as well. Bombers were led in assists by Jack Langenderfer (3), Dellerman (2), sophomore Max Boulton (2), senior Neil Keyser (1), junior James Winstel (1), senior Aiden Krueger (1).
With weekend split, St. Xavier's record now stands at 4-3-1 overall and 2-0-0 in the SWOHSHL. The Bombers look to continue league success this weekend, as they take on GCL South and SWOHSHL rival the Elder Panthers on Sunday at 4pm at Northlands Ice Center. Then, the Bombers continue the rivalry week as they take on Moeller next Thursday at US Bank Arena. Varsity puck drop is at 7 and the JV drops the puck at 5:30.
Bomber Hockey Finishes Fourth In 19th Annual Chiller Thanksgiving Classic
The Varsity Hockey Bombers had to shake off the food coma quickly, as they started their tournament Friday afternoon against Kenston. The game was fast paced with a lot of chances going back and forth for both teams. The game was scoreless as both teams headed to the locker room between the second and third period. The Bombers jumped on the scoreboard first as junior defenseman James Winstel made a pass to senior Tyler Dellerman in the defensive zone, who then made a bank pass off the boards to spring senior Nick Kaneps on a breakaway. Kaneps buried it, and the Bombers took a 1-0 lead. Kenston then went on to score two unanswered goals and win the game 2-1.
The Bombers looked to get back in the win column with their game the next day at 9:30 am and they did just that against Westerville. The Bombers got on the board early as freshman Nick Langenderfer buried home a goal. Westerville responded with a power play goal of their own. Then with the Bombers on the power play, senior Jack Langenderfer fired a shot on goal, and Kaneps dove and put the rebound in the net and the Bombers took a 2-1 lead. The Bombers went on to win the game 6-3, with Jack Langenderfer scoring another goal, along with sophomore Jake Anding, and senior Kyle Archdeacon. Sophomore Alex Hill got his first varsity start in goal, and recorded his first varsity win.
The Bombers looked to continue their momentum into the second game of the day against the NW Eagles. Goals were scored by freshman Zach Bohn, Anding, Jack Langenderfer who had 2, sophomore Max Boulton, Nick Langenderfer, and senior Billy Johnson. The Bombers won the game 10-0.
The Bombers finished second in their pool behind Kenston, which resulted in the Bombers playing in the third-place game against the Dayton Stealth. The Bombers got on the board first, when senior Neil Keyser passed the puck to the front of the net and Kyle Archdeacon buried it in the back of the net. The Bombers gave up two goals unanswered and lost the game 2-1 to finish 2-2 on the weekend. The Bombers took fourth place in the tournament, only giving up 7 goals on the weekend.
The JV hockey team was also in Columbus for the Chiller Thanksgiving Classic, and they took fourth place as well, losing to St. Charles 10-7 in the third place game.
The Varsity hockey team’s next game will be Saturday night against Indian Hill, with the start time changed to 7 pm. The game is at Indian Hill Winter Club.
The Varsity Hockey Bombers opened up the regular season this past weekend with one league game and a non-league game. The Bombers opened up South West Ohio High School Hockey League (SWOHSHL) play against the Mason Comets. The Bombers jumped on the board early, as senior defenseman Tyler Dellerman fired a wrist shot from the point and it got deflected past the goaltender. The Bombers gained control early, and didn’t relinquish it, as they went on to beat Mason 12-0. The Bombers were led in goals by Dellerman, senior John Driscoll, senior Daniel Luongo, and senior Neil Keyser as well as freshman Trevor Tiemeyer, whom all scored two goals a piece. The Bombers were led in assists by freshman Zach Bohn and Driscoll whom had three a piece.
The Bombers looked to follow up their big win on Saturday by winning their game on Sunday against Bishop Watterson. Watterson jumped on the board first by scoring one in the first period, and another in the second period. The Bombers were trailing going into the third period 2-0, but that did not last for long, as the Bombers got on the board fourteen seconds into the period on a goal by senior Daniel Luongo assisted by Keyser. The Bombers continued to apply pressure to Bishop Watterson. This pressure resulted in a goal by Driscoll in four on four play. The Bombers did not relinquish on the pressure after that goal as they scored again when senior Jack Langenderfer won the face off back to Dellerman who took a wrist shot that deflected off the body of senior Nick Kaneps and went through the goalies five hole. The Bombers had taken the lead on three straight third period goals. Watterson went on to add another goal and tie the game. With under a minute left and the Bombers on the penalty kill, Watterson was able to get the puck out of the zone, Dellerman sent the puck back in, and sophomore Noah Reidy retrieved the puck and passed it out Langenderfer who put the shot on goal and had another chance but the goalie made a great save as time expired to preserve the tie.
St. Xavier opens the season at 1-0-1 with the win and tie and 1-0-0 in SWOHSHL play. The Bombers look to take this momentum to Columbus as they will play in the Chiller Thanksgiving Classic on November 24 to 26. The Bombers look to win the tournament for the second time in four years. St. Xavier opens the tournament with pool play at 2:45 pm against Kenston on Friday, November 24 and continues on Saturday with games vs. Westerville Warcats (9:30 am) and the NW Eagles (6 pm). Sunday’s games depend on the results of pool play. The Bombers next league game will be against Centerville on December 3rd at Northlands Ice Center with face-off scheduled for 11:30 am.
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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.
Bomber Hockey vs. Moeller
Thursday, December at 7:15 p.m.