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COWMBUS- Moeller reached new heights last week when it became the first Cincinnati school to reach the state final four in hockey. The Crusaders still have a way to go. "We have a lot of work ahead of us," coach Mike Reeder said after Moeller lost to perennial power Lakewood Sl Edward 5-0 in a state semifi. nal Saturday in Nationwide Arena Sl Edward (28-10.1) goes for its lOth state title, and third in a row, against three-time champion Shaker Heights (24-7) at 2 pm. today. It will be the sixth consecutive all-Greater Oeveland state championship. Shaker Heights came back from an early 2-0 deficit to beat Toledo Sl Francis 6-2 in the other semifinal. Sl Edward has won two of the last three state titles. For the third straight game, each Sl Edward goal was scored by a different player. It was more than tournament rookie Moeller ('n-7-2) could handle. The Crusaders were outshot 38-10. 'We needed to slow the game down," Reeder said. 'They've got some skaters and maturity as an organization, things that we are in the process of doing." Chris Smith, a standout defenseman, spearheaded an outstanding performance by the Eagles defense in front of goalie Everett Graves, who is facing an average of 13 shots a game this season. Graves, the first sophomore to start in goal in the Eagles' 16 trips to the state final four, registered his seventh shutout in the last 13games. Mitchell Hardin kept the Crusaders in the game, which Sl Edward led Hl going into the second period. The Eagles scored twice in the second, including a shorthanded tally. For several stretches, they dominated possession and moved the puck almost at will around an.d through the Crusaders. But Hardin made several outstanding saves. 'They had a lot of speed and took a lot of shots," Hardin said. 'They crashed the net well. We played Culver Academy, but they were better than Culver." Reeder said playing Sl Edward was a good experience. 'We were proud of what the kids did," he said. 'They hung together all year. It was a blasl"


State final four The Moelller hockey team celebrates after earning its first berth in the state tournament. Moeller deteated Up1per Arlington; 1¡0, in the district finals before falling to eventual state champion Lakewood Sl Edward, 5-Q in the state semifinal .. atch. Team membetls are, from left: front row, Mitch Hardin and Chandler Power; middle, row, Johll Lewis, Greg Allen, Cody Duncan, Eric Ko1rst, TJ. Catino, Victor Courtenmanche. Joe Chalifoux and M1ike Burns; top row, Buddy Payne (goalie coach), Mary An111 Huffman (slicating coach), lvc'n DeFoss,es (assistant coach), Steve Bennett, Warren Holmes (equipment manager). George Courtenmanche, Daniel Brunck, Adam Stacy, John Karst, Dan C~alifoux, Josh Jasso, Matt MacDowell, Chris Olalifoux (ass1istant coach) Nick Hartmann, !Mark Prampero, Greg Macksood (assistantt coach) and Mike Reeder (head coacl11).


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While Hollywood has yet to adopt naming rights, Moeller had a magical production of Harry Potter proportions in last Saturday's Troy district final at Hobart Arena. Sophomore Matt MacDowell scored the game's only goal as Moeller defeated Upper Arlington to reach its first state Final Four. The Crusaders will face Lakewood St. Edward at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. MacDowell, 16, whose performance seemed magical, was mobbed by teammates after his shot went in. But he started the game more like George Costanza, the hapless character on the popular TV show ~Seinfeld."

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During the pregame routine, MacDowell, a forward, broke the blade from one of his skates and had to borrow a pair one size bigger from the son of an assistant coach. Also, his left hand was throbbing due to getting a "full windup" via an opposing player's stick during a previous playoff game. "I look over and he is skating on one leg and he is holding his blade up with his hand and I am thinking, 'Oh no, what are we doing?' " firstyear coach Mike Reeder said. MacDowell soaked his hand in hot water between periods in order to relieve some of the pain. Warren Holmes, Moeller's equipment manager, said maybe

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the most difficult task involved with helping MacDowell was getting a junior-varsity player to take off his socks so MacDowell could have extra support skating. "I said, '(Devyn) Tippett, you got to take your socks off,' " Holmes said. "He was just looking at me like someone had shot him." MacDowell admitted the skates were bothersome the first two periods but said he didn't feel awkward after Cody Duncan found him for a shot that bounced off the Upper Arlington goalie and into the net. Said Reeder: ''Was he as quick as he is in his own skat~s? I'd say probably not because he wasn't as comfortable. But he got out there and

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made it happen, and that's why he is Harry Potter." Reeder said his wife and two children (ages 3 and 4) saw MacDowell wearing his round glasses one day and Reeder's wife jokingly asked if Harry Potter was on the team. "My kids were like, 'Harry Potter! Harry Potter!' so we have been calling him Harry Potter all the way through the year. So I guess after he scored, they asked 'How did you score that, Matt?' and he said, 'Magic.'"

ward has won five of the past 10 state championships, including its latest in 2003. Reeder is well aware his team is not favored but likes to think his team, which played its first game of the season at Nationwide Arena, has been on a journey destined to return to Columbus. MacDowell said he looks at a ticket stub for the 2004 Fmal Four, which he attended, nearly every day. Last season, Moeller lost to eventual district champion Talawanda in double overtime in the district semifinals. "It would be real sweet" MacDowell said, referring to being able to replace it with this year's championship ticket.

Those at Moeller won't soon forget the Crusaders' magical run. Moeller (28-6-2) is the first Hamilton County team to qualify for the state Final Four. Lakewood St. Ed- E-mail mdyer@enquirer.com


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Moeller hockey team wins first round at state The Moeller hockey team came out strong in its first game of the state championship series, beating Columbus Thomas Worthington 7-l. Moeller started the scoring in the first period as John Lewis passed the puck to Mike Bums who one-timed it to Mark Prampero in front of the net. The excitement grew as Dan Brunck grabbed a Pi!SS from Joe Chalifoux and Jon Korst and put one in the back of the net to give Moeller a 2-0 lead going into the locker room after the first period. Chalifoux and Brunck teamed up again early in the second period to set up a goal for Joe's twin brother Dan, who scored by bouncing the puck of the pads of the Cardinals' goaltender. Just two minutes later, Josh Jasso set up the next goal by digging the puck out of the back of

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the net and sliding it to Matt MacDowell. He fed the puck to Eric Kosrt, who one-timed it into the back of. the net to increase Moeller's lead to 4-0 over the Cardinals after two periods of play. The Korst-MacDowell duo teamed up again to set up George Courtemanche with the next goal. Moeller's T.J. Catino and Adam Stacy worked together to feed the puck to Cody Duncan. Duncan's shot took a bounce off the goalie's pads and came to a final resting place behind the goal line bringing the score to 6-0. With 3:36 left in the game, Thomas Worthington finally put one on the board when Jackson Ridenour scored a wrap around goal. The Crusaders will¡ face Beavercreek at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Hobart Arena in round two of the state playoffs.


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Moeller hockey downs Talawanda¡ The Moeller High School hockey team skated away with a victory over rival Talawanda Saturday at Goggin Arena in Oxford. The Crusaders' speed and strength proved to be too much against the Talawanda special teams as Moeller killed off two early power plays. Moeller scored first when Mark Prampero took a feed from John Lewis and beat Talawanda goalie Michael Rooney late in the first period. . The Crusaders' Matt MacDowell set up a second goal with a p~" to Joe Chalifoux, who in turn fed his twin brother, Dan. He onetimed the puck high over the glove of Rooney to put Moeller up, 2-0. The defense, led by captain Greg Allen, frustrated the Braves and held them scoreless for the

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first two periods. Halfway through the third period, Talawanda scored on a power play to pull within a goal. Moeller goalie Mitch Hardin sealed the win, finishing the game with 28 saves. The win moved the Crusaders' record to ll-3-0 and an undefeated record in the SWOSHL (4-0). The Crusaders will host the GCL Christmas Tournament December 26-28th at the Cincinnati Gardens. The tournament is the first to include a roster of entirely GCL schools, including Elder, St Xavier, La Salle, and Moeller from the GCL South and Badin and Kettering Alter from the GCL North. Admission to all games is free. - Chris Chalifoux,

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Moeller hockey takes to the ice By Lonna Kingsbury Contributor

The Moeller High School Crusaders Ice Hockey team is once 路 taking to the Ice. 路 The season agam begins Thanksgiving Weekend and will run continuously until the State Ice Hockey Tournament in March. According to new Head Coach Mike Reeder the Crusaders are a strong team this year led by six seniors who are returning from last year's team. The team is anchored by senior goaltender Mitch Hardin, with senior Chandler Power and junior Kevin Ruter as backup. Senior Captain Greg Allen leads the Crusaders rock solid defense. Joining Allen on the blue-line are juniors Eric Korst, and Zack Opatken, sophomores, Adam

Stacy, Steve Bennett, and .Josh hockey, and along the way teach Jasso. them life lessons," said Reeder. The offense features returning The team plays all of their seniors Victor Courtemanche, John LeWI's, TJ. Catm'o, and Cody home games at The Cincinnati Duncan. Retuining sophomores Gardens. This year they will host Ge9rge Courtemanche, Matt Mac- the first Greater Catholic League Dowell, and Nick Hartmann bol- Hockey Tournament from Dec. ster them. The offense has also . 26-28. This is the first tournament added some punch with junior where Moeller, Elder, La Salle, St. 路 play~rs Mark Pr~pero, D.an Xavier Alter and Badin will be Chalifoux, Joe Chalifoux, Mike . ' . Burns and Dan Brunck. playmg each other to decide a Thls year's team hopes to league champion. improve on last year's record and The Crusaders will also be hostReeder has added a new system ing Mother Theresa Preparatory th_at is intended to capitalize on School from London Ontario on the strengths of his players. Jan. 8, 2005. Their schedule is at "We have a very talented group of young men, they just needed http://homepages.moeller.org/ho some direction. I guess you coUld ckey. eastsports@communitypress.com say, that is what my job is, to teach 248-7570 young men about the game of


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Moeller wins inaugural GCL hockey invitational The Moeller Hockey team completed a tournament sweep in the GCL Invitational as they prevailed over La Salle 9-0 in the championship game. The scoring was varied for the Crusaders, who saw nine different goal scorers in the win over the upstart Lancers, a team many didn't expect to reach the championship game. La Salle's hockey program was pioneered by current head coach Ken Handley nearly three years ago. Handley hopes to make the jump to Division I sometime in the next two years and ultimately plans to have three teams at the school. "I think there are numbers to support that," Handley said. The toughest part for his young program has been, fundraising and covering the expenses for ice time. Despite their youth, the La salle team surprised many spectators in the tournament, including players on their own team. "Honestly, they weren't sure if

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they would be able to win in· this tournament," Handley said. His team won their first game over a tough Alter team 3-2. The next night the Lancers carne out of a battle with Elder as 5-2 victors. Fore-checking and goaltending led the way for the Lancers, with defenseman Kevin Handley and their front line providing much of the scoring. Their run ended against a veteran Moeller team in the finals, as the Crusaders won the first GCL Invitational with their 9-0 win. Moeller jumped out to an early lead on goals by Greg Allen and Dan Chalifoux. Mark Prampero, Nick Hartman, Mike Burns, Cody Dun~an. John Lewis all added second period goals for Moeller. Stevie Bennet scored his first goal of the season for the CruG:;EG LOR,NG/CONTRI.3UTOR saders in the third period, and forward Joe Chalifoux finished Moeller's Nick Hartman makes a shot on goal dur11ng the GCL Invitational. Moeller's goal scoring by adding "It's great to get the GCL excited Mike Reeder added. the ninth in the middle of the third Mitch Hardin notched the shutout about hockey," Moeller coach Submitted by Mike Chlllifoux period. Crusader goaltender for Moeller.

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