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Varisty Falls to Loyola, Finishes 3rd in Group November 29, 2009

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The Varsity Icecats lost 5-2 to Loyola Saturday night in a Stevenson Tournament game that appeared winnable, at least through two periods.

Junior assistant captains Nick Young and Justin Antolec scored for the Cats, with assists from junior defenseman Joey Vandermey, freshman forward Peter Henderson and junior forward Ian Donnahoo. Junior goalie Erich Held made 29 saves.

The Cats finished the annual Stevenson Thanksgiving Tournament with 2 points, good for third place in pool C, which included Glenbrook North, New Trier White and Loyola. The Cats’ fate was largely sealed after the first game when they fell to Glenbrook North, which is in first place in the tough Metro North league. Only one team from each pool advanced to the finals on Sunday and GN was close to unbeatable.

Still, Saturday morning’s victory was sweet against a team the Cats faced twice in preseason play, losing the first and tying the second effort.

The Loyola game started well, with the Cats’ Nick Young scoring a powerplay goal less than five minutes in, assisted by Vandermey and Henderson.

Varsity forward Nick Young notches the first tally in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Loyola. CLICK PHOTO TO LAUNCH VIDEO.

The good times did not roll, however, with Loyola tallying three straight. In the second, the Cats brought the game to within a goal when hard work along the boards and behind the net paid off as Ian Donnahoo fed Justin for the second tally. Loyola answered less than a minute later, making it 4-2. And that’s how the second period ended.

Going into the third, the Cats still had a chance, but they couldn’t connect, and let in the final blow at 7:55 to seal it for Loyola.

Despite the 1-2 record, the tournament offered some positives. Though there is still room for growth, the Cats did seem to work harder and move the puck better than in its recent string of league losses.

Also, some players emerged as real workhorses, setting a good example for teammates. Forward Ian Donnahoo in particular stood out for what he did without the puck, killing penalties, working the boards and blocking shots. Ian paid the price with a painful shot block against Loyola, but returned to the game after briefly leaving the ice.

It was also good to get some players back from injury, including captain Tommy Tambourine and senior forward Connor Krukowski. Tommy had one assist in the tournament and Connor had two goals.

Justin was the overall scoring leader with four goals, and certainly led unofficially in creating scoring chances on the rush. Justin was followed by Nick and Connor with two goals each. Peter and Joey each had two assists, while Ian, Tommy and Mike Lauber were each credited with an assist.

Check out this link for a slide show of Saturday’s JV and varsity games.

The varsity Cats resume league play at 8:40 Monday against Latin at Glacier. The next JV match is a road game against Huntley on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3:30 pm.


Varsity Tops New Trier White 5-4 at Stevenson Tourney November 28, 2009

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The Varsity Icecats secured a much needed win Saturday morning at the annual Stevenson Thanksgiving high school tournament, topping New Trier White 5-4 in a game that started as a blowout and ended up a nail biter.

The Cats fell 7-1 to a very tough Glenbrook North team on Friday. Saturday morning’s victory left the Cats with 2 points heading into a Saturday night matchup against Loyola Academy.

The Cats came out strong early in the game at 7:15 Saturday morning, an ice time most players and parents haven’t experienced since squirts. Connor Krukowski got things going at the 11:3o mark with a goal assisted by Mike Lauber. Justin Antolec added one more with four minutes left in the first and then Nick Young stuffed one home close in with just one second left on the first period clock. Connor added another in the second on a takeaway right in front of the New Trier goal.

Cats goalie Max Laughlin held his team’s lead, allowing just one goal on 15 shots through the first two periods. The Cats were ahead 4-1 at the start of the third, and Justin Antolec scored his second of the game less than a minute into the period, assisted by Joey Vandermey, which seemed to put the game on ice with a 5-1 advantage.

Icecats Varsity goaltender Max Laughlin makes a save in Saturday's 5-4 victory over New Trier White. CLICK PHOTO TO LAUNCH VIDEO.

Then New Trier turned up the heat and fought its way back into the game, scoring three unanswered goals, including a fourth tally with 40 seconds left and the New Trier net empty. Laughlin faced a flurry of shots in the third and was required to make some acrobatic saves to keep his team on top. While bending, the defense didn’t break, and the Cats prevailed 5-4.

The Cats had most of their injured players back Saturday. Defenseman Brad Feinman and forward Jeff Martin continue to nurse injuries.

JV Annihilates Evanston, then Falls to Highland Park at Stevenson Tournament (Nov. 27, 2009) November 28, 2009

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The JV Icecasts came into the first game of the Stevenson Thanksgiving Tournament looking to end its winless streak by outworking their opponents, passing the puck and keeping up their stellar play on defense.

The JV Cats did all three early Friday, in grand fashion.

After playing a sloppy first period, where they let up four goals in a row, the Icecats absolutely unloaded  on Evanston, scoring eight unanswered goals.

Icecats goals were scored by Scott Miller and Patrick Quinn (each had two goals, including a blocked shot by Miller that lead to a breakaway goal), Jake Segall, David Quinn, and Joey Educate.

Goaltender Nick Draths played solid as usual in front of the stout Icecats defense, only letting up 5 goals during a game where Draths saw an abnormally amount of shots early. The Cats defense did a good job of limiting shots on goal during the second and third periods.

This was JV’s much overdue first win of the season, snapping a 10 game losing streak, and JV was looking to put the grim start of the season in their rear view mirror, while moving on to take on Highland Park.

After their win against Evanston, the Icecats looked to keep their momentum up by beating a Highland Park JV team that the Icecats team took down in an earlier exhibition game.

But a lack of preparation and effort early on allowed Highland Park to score four quick goals, putting the Icecats in the familiar position of having to dig themselves out of a deep hole.

The Icecats were down 5-0 for most 0f the third period under a running clock. In the bottom half of the third, the Cats woke up when defenseman Matt Kalish carried the puck coast to coast, beating three Highland Park defenders en route to setting up Patrick Quinn for the lone Icecats goal in the  game.

The Icecats take on Glenbrook South Saturday, with a trip to the semi-finals on the line. Puck drop is at 3:20pm at Twin Rinks.

This post was submitted by JV Icecast assistant captain Matt Kalish

Varsity Cats fall to BGHW November 20, 2009

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The Varsity Icecats were “rained out” Wednesday night in a home match up against BGHW (Buffalo Grove-Hersey).  It started with a trickle, first one drop (goal) and then another, both despite being on the power play. From there the rain only got worse, and the game could not end quickly enough for our Icecats. The final result, an 8-0 loss.

A combination of injuries and absences left the Cats down six key players Wednesday.

Next up for the Cats is the annual Stevenson Thanksgiving tournament, which begins Friday at Twin Rinks in Buffalo Grove with a game at 1:40 pm against Glenbrook North. On Saturday, the Cats play New Trier White at 7:15 a.m., and then Loyola at 6:55 pm.

The JV Cats take on Crystal Lake South at 8:30 tonight at Glacier.

The JV team’s tournament scheduled begins against Evanston Friday at 7:00 am, and face off against Highland Park at 5:00 pm. On Saturday, JV meets Glenbrook South at 3:20 pm.

Both teams will have an opportunity to play Sunday if they place well within their groups.

Loss to CCM Ends a Tough Week for Varsity Cats November 16, 2009

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ScreenHunter_02 Nov. 03 12.59The Varsity Icecats fell 7-2 to the CCM Tigers Sunday night in Crystal Lake, a game the team needs to put behind them.

Sunday’s game ended a tough week for the Cats. After an impressive 2-1 win last Sunday over Conant came an exhibition loss to Lake Forest Academy Tuesday, followed by a league game loss Friday to Mundelein, despite being ahead 2-0 early.

One positive that did emerge from last night’s CCM game was the play of Tyler Shaholtzer and Ian Donnahoo, who showed some offensive flair in connecting on the team’s only two tallies. Shanny got both goals on nice passes from Ian.

The Cats were without four key forwards Sunday. Jeff Martin, Connor Krukowski and Tommy Tambourine were out with injuries while Tony Rossetti was serving a one game suspension.

The Cats can regroup Monday night at a much needed practice before facing Buffalo Grove at home Wednesday night. After that, the Cats will have a solid week to get healthy and prepere for the annual Stevenson Thanksgiving Tournament.


Varsity Misses Chance to Take Undefeated Mustangs Down a Peg November 13, 2009

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ScreenHunter_02 Nov. 03 12.59It was billed as a clash between an undefeated juggernaut and the team most capable of halting its momentum. The Varsity Cats, in second place with 11 points, it seemed, were the only team in the National Division with the horses to stop the 10-0 Mundelein Mustangs.

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Icecats forward Peter Henderson gets ready to score on Mustangs Goalie Eric Steagall early on in Friday night's face off against Mundelein.

At first, Friday night’s game at the Glacier followed the story line. Within two minutes the Cats scored twice on two rushes up the ice. First it was Peter Henderson going low stick side, with helpers from Jack Rieke and Tommy Tambourine, and literally seconds later, Nick Young stuffed one home on a nice dish from Tony Rossetti.

Two shots, two goals. Mustangs goalie Alex Steagall, who leads the division in minutes played and is second in goals against and save percentage, was left wondering what just happened. He finished the night with 15 saves and in the end only needed to be mediocre to record a win. The Cats peaked after two minutes, and the rest of the game was mostly Mustangs. Mundelein showed why they’re undefeated. They have speed, skill and are relentless in getting pucks to the net.

After falling back 2-0, the Mustangs poured it on, with four straight tallies before Justin Antolec brought the Cats back to within one early in the second, assisted by Matt Majewski.

Antolec, Tambourine (who hurt himself throwing his body around and left the game early), Rossetti and Stephen Stanis were among the Cats who stood out for their hustle. Goalie Erich Held did his best with relatively little help. Erich made 22 saves in the second period alone. The Cats defense let a total of 47 shots through on Erich, allowing two shorthanded goals. Overall, the Cats seemed to play too passively and weren’t winning many face offs or battles for pucks.

The Cats are banged up, and they also looked like they could use some practice ice. Still, through two periods, this was a winnable game due to some early opportunistic scoring. But instead of stepping it up in the third, they fell further behind, and the game ended in a 7-3 loss.

The Cats get a shot at redemption against Mundelein on December 4, also at Glacier. Now they know the kind of effort they will need to win.

On Sunday, the Varsity Cats face off against the CCM Tigers at 4:10 pm in Crystal Lake.


Varsity Cats Fight Back Late in Loss to LFA (11-10-09) November 11, 2009

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The Varsity Icecats took a 7-2 beating Tuesday in an exhibition game against a fast, tough and skilled Lake Forest Academy squad.

Despite falling behind 5-0 after two periods, the Icecats kept at it, scoring 2 early in the third to make a game of it. Nick Young tallied first, another “don’t give up until the whistle” goal assisted by Shawn Rieke. It was barely a minute later when Tommy Tambourine made it interesting with an unassisted tally, closing the gap to 5-2.

That was as close as it got. LFA managed two more tallies to end the game 7-2.

Goalie Max Laughlin had his hands full all night trying to keep the swarming LFA players from scoring. He made 24 saves, including several difficult point blank chances. The Cats shot 23 at two different LFA goalies.

It wasn’t the Cats best outing, but it was a useful test against a skilled opponent. It didn’t help having 4 key players, Brad Feinman, Jeff Martin, Mike Lauber and Connor Krukowski, out of the lineup nursing various injuries.

Shawn and Jake Goldwater played up from JV to fill out the bench, and both were noticable on the ice, generating scoring chances and shots on goal.

JV Icecats Lose Close Game to Maine, 3-1 (11-07-09) November 11, 2009

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After a tough loss to Barrington on Saturday, the JV Icecats looked to get their first win of the season Monday against a beatable Maine team.

The Icecats came out strong, getting a few close chances earlier in the game off of solid play from Icecats wingers Blake Dobson, Adam Cox, and center Tyler Garrett. Dobson, who had two breakaways on the night,  just couldn’t find the twine, while Cox and Garrett stepped up their play considerably giving added spark to the Icecat offense.

The Icecats D kept up its stellar play led by defensemen Matt Kalish and David Quinn, keeping Maine off of the scoreboard until late in the first when Maine scored off of a shot which hit a Icecat defender’s stick.  Maine put another goal on the board later in the second when a Maine winger snuck behind the Icecats defense and put a rebound behind goalie Nick Draths.

Draths continued his outstanding play between the pipes stopping 32 shots throughout the game, and coming up big in clutch moments with his quick glove. Draths, who is only a freshman, is 7th in the league in goals against average and his stellar play has kept the Icecats in many of their games throughout the season.

The lone Icecats goal was tallied late in the game by freshman David Vieth, who scored on a slapshot that trickled by the Maine goalie. The goal was Vieth’s first high school goal.

On another note, coaches Dave Schlaggeter and Mike Degeorge named freshman Scott Miller junior varsity captain, with junior Kalish and freshman Patrick Quinn as assistant captains. Congrats to all three.

JV’s next game is tomorrow, 11/11 8:40pm at Glacier against the archrival Carmel Corsairs.

This post was contributed by JV Icecats Assistant Captain Matt Kalish.


Varsity Cats Top Conant in Chippy Rematch (11-08-09) November 9, 2009

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The Varsity Icecats topped Conant 2-1 Sunday night in Hoffman Estates in a tight, physical battle between two teams that don’t seem to like each other very much. The win represented a bit of redemption for the Cats, who fell 3-2 at home to Conant on Oct. 24.

The Cats were sunk by early penalty trouble in the first match up. This time around, penalties remain an issue, but the Cats were able to kill off all but one double minor by defenseman Matt Majewski early in the third period, when Conant scored with just 5 seconds left to kill. That was all the scoring Conant could muster. Majewski was an intimidating physical presence all night, drawing the ire of the Conant fans and players, most of them probably secretly wishing he were on their team.

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Justin Antolec tallied both Cats goals, and could have had more but for a couple of excellent saves by Conant goalie Kyle Weiner. Justin is emerging as one of the league’s top offensive threats, scoring 8 goals in just 6 appearances.

Freshman forward Peter Henderson got the helper on Justin’s first goal at 7:54 in the first, while sophomore forward Jeff Martin made a nice dish to get the assist on the second tally, which came just 20 seconds into the second period.

Netminder Erich Held turned in another solid performance, stoning Conant on 23 of 24 shots. The pace of shots increased dramatically as the game progressed but Erich remained sharp throughout. The Cats fired 20 shots at Weiner.

The Cats face off Tuesday night at 6 pm in an exhibition match at Lake Forest Acadamy. Then on Friday, the Cats will have arguably the biggest game of the year so far when they face undefeated Mundelein at Glacier, home ice for both clubs. The Cats need their fans to come out to the rink on Friday night at 8:30 pm.

Varsity Cats Battle Barrington, Fall 3-1 (11-4-09) November 5, 2009

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Things are always interesting when the Icecats face the Barrington Broncos. On Wednesday, the varsity  Cats battled hard in Barrington but fell 3-1 in a game that was winnable up until the final few minutes.

The Cats were down 2-0 with less than four minutes left in the game when captain Tommy Tambourine scored at the 3:28 mark on an assist from Matt Majewski. However, Barrington put it away on a power play with just 1:20 left on the clock on a goal from Austin Bostock, who completed a hat trick.

Cats goalie Erich Held kept his team in the game with 29 saves, while Broncos goalie Justin Lukowicz made the same number of saves, fighting off a 20-shot Cats barrage in the second period.

The loss brings the varsity Cats season record to 4-2-1, with 9 points in the standings. The next opponent in Conant on Sunday, a change to redeem a tough 3-2 loss in an earlier match up.

Wednesday’s battle with the Broncos apparently didn’t end with the final buzzer. A number of Cats families and players reported harassment by some Barrington fans outside the arena. No one was hurt, apparently, but it’s a good reminder that hockey teams should follow the Vegas principal — let what happens on the ice stay on the ice.