The ice hockey team ran into a buzz saw on Friday night in the visiting Talawanda Braves and took a 5-0 loss on the chin. With little time to lick their wounds, it would be interesting to see how the team would bounce back with games on Saturday night at home and Sunday afternoon on the road. No problem as the team regrouped and played two fantastic games.
On Saturday night at South Metro, the Elks welcomed the Sycamore Aviators for Senior Night. This is typically a very emotional night for both the players and their parents and can sometimes have an effect on the way a team plays in the early stages of a game. That was not a problem for this team as they jumped all over the Aves goalie with 48 shots through the first two periods to just nine for Sycamore. That resulted in a 5-2 Elks lead heading to the third period. In that third period, the Elks shot 23 times and found the back of the net on six of those while the defense blanked Sycamore on just four shots to lift the Elks to an 11-2 Senior Night win. Goals were scored by Josh Seebacher, who had four to go along with seven assists, Dominc del Ghingaro, who scored twice and Drew Schemmel, who led the way with five.
On Sunday afternoon, the Elks jumped on I-75 north and made the trip to iconic Hobart Arena to take on the Troy Trojans. The offense picked up right where it left off on Saturday night by firing 31 shots at the Trojans goalie through the first two periods while holding the hosts to just 18. The result was a slim, 4-3, lead for the Elks heading to the final fifteen minutes. In the final period, the Trojans outshot the Elks, 19-16, but the Elks found the back of the net five times while Troy could only net two goals which resulted in a 9-5 win for the Elks. Josh Seebacher and Drew Schemmel each had hat tricks for the Elks, who improved to 13-14 overall and 7-5 in SWOHSHL play.
The team returns to action on Friday night when they welcome the Moeller Crusaders to South Metro Ice Rink. Opening faceoff is set for 7:30 PM.