Troy hockey drops season opener to Indian Hills, 5-2

By Josh Brown

KETTERING — The Troy hockey team has high hopes for the 2015-16 season, but it also knew that it’d be seeing some quality competition this weekend at the Frozen Creek Tournament in Kettering.

And on Friday morning, the Trojans struggled in their first test against Indian Hills, surrendering three second-period goals to drop their season opener 5-2 at Kettering Rec Center.

Troy (0-1) actually got off to a solid start, leading 1-0 after the first period on the strength of a goal by Caleb Mangas. Senior A.J. Noll had an assist on the play.

But Indian Hills (1-0) came roaring back with three goals in the second, and then it scored a fourth goal 51 seconds into the third to go up 4-1. Troy’s Enrique Alejandre scored a goal with roughly eight minutes left to play with assists from Tyler Hess and Shane Smith, but Indian Hills added one more insurance goal with two minutes left to put the game away.

Cory Neff got the start in goal for the Trojans, making 25 saves but simply facing too many shots.

Troy takes on both Athens and the Dayton Stealth today on the second day of the tournament, with the finals to be decided before Sunday.

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