The Troy Trojan Hockey team was playing in Columbus at the Ice Haus in the first round of the State District tournament. They were taking on the Kilbourne Wolves of the Columbus Capital League and with a high powered offense, the Trojans defeated Kilbourne 11-1.
The first period found the players from both teams moving the puck and evaluating the play of the other team. Troy Scored first when Prestyn Hoefler found Doug Eardly to give Troy the early lead. Troy scored again a few minutes later when AJ Noll picked up his own rebound and scored to make it a 2-0 game.
The second period started poorly for Troy when Kilbourne scored on their first shift. Troy responded at the 11 minute mark when Noll took a pass in the slot and beat the goalie low stick side to make it 3-1.
Troy Moore hit Tyler Hess in the middle on a great give and go to make it 4-1.
At the 7:41 mark Hoefler found Noll alone in the slot where he made it a 5-1 game.
Eardly then found Noll on the back door to make it a 6-1 game.
Troy scored again when Moore made a goal crease pass to freshman Jack McGuirk who was all alone on the back door with just one minute left in the second. The Trojans were not done yet, with 40 seconds left in the second period Hess had a great open ice hit on the Wolves puck carrier that let Moore skate in uncontested against the Kilbourne goalie and Troy made it 8-1.
The third period started with Hoefler scoring from the slot off a pass from Eardly. Noll scored from the high slot from a pass from Hoefler to make it a 10-1 game with 8:43 to play.
With 5:04 to play in the game Noll hit his sixth goal of the game off a rebound shot by Nate Uhlenbrock to make it a 11-1 game. Tournament rules state that if there is a 10 goal differential in the third period the game will be stopped.
Cory Neff was in the goal and stopped 9 of 10 shots. Noll had six goals and two assists. Hoefler had one goal and four assists. Eardly had one goal and three assists. Moore had one goal and two assists. Hess had one goal and one assist. McGuirk had one goal. Uhlenbrock had one assist.
Bowling- Troy’s girls bowling team advanced to the district meet this week with a third place finish at the sectionals at Poelking South. The Trojans finished with 3604 pins for the three games plus bakers.
Leading the way for Troy was A’leigha Smith with a 146-243-244, followed by Jenna Stone’s 169-205-157. Also for Troy, Rachel Darrow had 135-176-176, Alyssa Shilt 168-160, Kirsten McMullen 145, Cassidy McMullen 148.
Troy’s boys placed 13th at the sectionals, and did not qualify for districts.