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Veteran Findlay High hockey team opens on Friday

The 2011-12 season was a bit of a fixer-upper for Findlay High hockey coach Joe Longo.
Now that there’s a new foundation in place, he just might have one of the hottest properties in the Northwest Hockey Conference.
When Longo took over as head coach last year, he inherited a team that had graduated 81 percent of its scoring and had just four seniors on the roster. Longo guided the Trojans to a 17-17 season and a spot in the district semifinals, though, and the bulk of that team returns almost intact.
Longo does have to replace Mark Roepke, an all-NHC defenseman who had eight goals and 15 assists, honorable mention all-league forward Corey Bern (9 goals, 8 assists), and Evan Hanawalt (3 goals, 7 assists).
Nineteen letter winners are back, though, including Findlay’s top two goal scorers in senior forwards Andy Martin (19 goals, 5 assists) and Drew Thompson (13 goals, 6 assists). Also back is veteran senior defenseman Patrick Hall, who was second on the team with 15 assists.
Findlay should be able to skate a number of strong lines with seniors Ethan Willis (7 goals, 7 assists) and Zach Wohlgamuth (4 goals, 8 assists), junior Noah Hindall (8 goals, 13 assists) and sophomores Connor Curlis (7 goals, 5 assists) and Mason Williams (8 goals, 8 assists) all returning.
Seniors Drew Williams and Logan Wilson, juniors Matt Atkins, A.J. Bishop (5 assists), Mitch Perry (6 assists), Clay Robertson and Lucas Stump (2 goals, 2 assists) and sophomore Adam Weems also accounted for some of Findlay’s 92 goals and 114 assists last season.
Findlay also returns all three goalies from last year’s team, including honorable mention all-NHC selection Alex Woolley, a senior who had an 8-9 record and a team-high 451 saves. Also back are senior Tim Koch (7-3, 264 saves) and sophomore Joe Longo (2-5, 198 saves).
Findlay gets the season under way this weekend when the Trojans take part in the annual Cold Turkey Tournament at Sylvania’s Tam-O-Shanter Arena. Findlay will play on at 7 p.m. Friday and twice on Saturday (noon, 7 p.m.). The top teams in the tournament will advance to championship and consolation games on Sunday.