BEAVERCREEK — Coming off one of the worst seasons in Beavercreek High School hockey history, the Battling Beavers are looking to greatly improve upon their 0-26-3 record from last year.
The Beavers are led by a familiar face this season, Sean Broderick. He had previously coached the Beavers in the 2008-09 season and was the assistant coach for three years prior to that. Broderick comes with more experience than most, playing his college hockey days at the Air Force Academy, continuing his career with the Oklahoma City Blazers in the Central Hockey League and the Dayton Bombers of the East Coast Hockey League.
Broderick has faith in returning starters senior forward Troy Hoffman, junior forward Austin Coleman (the team’s leading scorer last season), junior defenseman Brandon Sanders and sophomore goaltender Brian Daniels.
Despite Coleman missing the first part of the season due to a broken wrist, and Hoffman being suspended for four games, the Beavers have one of the strongest goaltenders in the league and have a high scoring offense to bring them back to their winning ways.
Beavercreek won the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League tournament in 2005-‘06, and claimed SWOHSHL North division titles in ‘06-‘07 and ‘09-‘10.
Broderick says he is, “happy to continue the program,” which was once at risk of folding because of a lack of commitments.
The Beavers, who are 3-5-0 so far this season (0-2 SWOHSHL) have definitely let competitors know that they are a force to be reckoned with this year. In the team’s opening preseason game, they defeated a solid Dublin Scioto squad 12-1 in Columbus.
Although major threats like perennial powerhouses Centerville and Oxford Talawanda are in their way, sophomore forward Jack Belmonte believes the, “Beavercreek hockey team is well on [its] way to a .500 record, at least.” Belmonte said he “expects the teams to start going above .500 the next few years and gain recognition throughout the school.”
Beavercreek played Gahanna Lincoln at Nationwide Arena, the home of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets. on Tuesday. They have a two-game road trip Dec. 14-15 against five-time Kentucky state champion Louisville Trinity on tap for this weekend.
The Beavers next home game is scheduled for Dec. 20 against Alter. That game is set for a 10 p.m. start at the Kettering Recreation Center.