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Varsity Cats Tie PREP with Dramatic Penalty Shot October 17, 2009

Posted by claugh217 in Varsity.


The Icecats started the scoring early, at the 29 second mark, with a blast from the point by Matt Majewski, set up by Tommy Tambourine and Peter Henderson.  Seven minutes later it was the Cats again, with Jack Rieke scoring from in front of the net, on a pass from Matt Majewski.

Prep retaliated less than two minutes later with the first of four power play goals.  Connor Krukowski responded two minutes later with our own power play goal, assisted by Justin Antolec.  The 1st period ended with the Cats in control, 3 -1, with a significant shots-on-goal advantage.  However, the 2nd period belonged to Prep, which scored twice late in the period, both again on power plays, and the period ended in a tie, 3 – 3.

The 3rd period started off slowly.  At about the 3 minute mark, Prep was called for an interference penalty, but the Icecats were unable to capitalize.  Less that a minute after the Prep penalty, the Icecats were called for interference, not once but twice (the calls were separately by 16 seconds).  With a 5 on 3 advantage, Prep converted and they were now ahead 4 – 3.  The 3rd period saw the Cats outshoot Prep by 9 – 5, but it was not until a hooking penalty against Prep, that we had a shot that counted.  Justin Antolec was on a breakaway when he was taken down from behind by Prep.  The referee called a penalty shot and the players all skated to their benches.

The Prep goalie skated to his net first, and then Justin made his way to center ice.  The crowd was on their feet shouting encouraging Justin and the stage was set.  Justin started coming from the right, then was straight on the goalie.  He made a good feint to his left as if to make a shot and the goalie bought in to it, going down to his right.  However, Justin still had the puck on his stick and he skate to the right of the net as he flicked the puck in with a backhand shot.  The crowd went wild and Justin was mobbed by his team.  The final 90 seconds were almost all in the Prep zone, but the Cats were not able to bring the pressure to bear fruit and the game ended in a 4 – 4 tie.




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