FINAL: It was an action-packed championship Saturday at Nationwide Arena.
A back-and-forth game played at a great pace resulted in Cleveland St. Ignatius winning the 2016 OHSAA State Hockey Championship over Hunting Valley University School.
The Wildcats got off to a great start, scoring the opening goal only 14 seconds into the game after a scramble around the front of the net. But the Preppers answered back, scoring on the power play to make it 1-1 later in the period.
In the second period, St. Ignatius revved it up and began to pull away. The Wildcats built a 4-1 lead into the third period and appeared to have a clear path to the state championship, but University School (making its 12th appearance in the final weekend) had something to say about that.
The Preppers scored twice in the third period to make it a 4-3 game with less than a minute left in regulation, but St. Ignatius closed it down to win the school's fourth-ever state championship trophy.
SEMIS: There were two action-packed semifinal games at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, and after nearly five hours of hockey, we have a championship match-up set.
With a 3-2 double OT victory in the first semifinal, University School outlasted a strong effort from Central District champion Dublin Coffman. The Rocks scored first and then had to rally from a 2-1 deficit to force overtime, but just one overtime wasn't enough.
In the second overtime (4-on-4), the Preppers broke through and sealed their berth in the final.
Defending state champions Toledo St. Francis de Sales squared off with Cleveland St. Ignatius in the nightcap, and the Wildcats made it a tough night right from the start. Their speed and forechecking gave de Sales plenty of trouble, and they put three on the board in the first period. St. Ignatius added on in the second and third period, building a 5-0 late until de Sales broke the shutout late in the third period.
Fans can catch the 2016 OHSAA State Hockey Championship on 2 p.m. Saturday at Nationwide Arena. SportsTime Ohio will carry the broadcast, called by Blue Jackets broadcasters Bob McElligott and Jody Shelley, on tape delay.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The 39th annual Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) ice hockey state semifinals and championship game are set to be played at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, March 10 and Saturday, March 12, marking the 14th consecutive year that the tournament will be held at the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The tournament, which began with 82 teams, is down to its final four teams with the winners of each district – Toledo St. Francis de Sales from the Sylvania district, Hunting Valley University School from the Kent district, Cleveland St. Ignatius from the Brooklyn district and Dublin Coffman from the Columbus district - advancing to the semifinals. The complete schedule follows:
Thursday, March 10
4 p.m. – Semifinal Game: Hunting Valley University School vs. Dublin Coffman
7 p.m. – Semifinal Game: Toledo St. Francis de Sales vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius
Saturday, March 12
10 a.m. – Senior All-Star Game
2 p.m. – OHSAA Championship Game
Blue Jackets broadcasters Bob McElligott and Jody Shelley will call the action for the championship game which will be televised on SportsTime Ohio (STO) with a tape-delayed broadcast on Sunday, March 13 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (Thursday’s ticket is good for both semifinal games). All-tournament passes are $15 for adults and $11 for students. To order, call (800) 745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena.
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