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Icecats Move into a Tie for 2nd Place with Win (10-29-09) November 3, 2009

Posted by claugh217 in Varsity.


The varsity Icecats made the long trek out to Crystal Lake on Thursday, October 29, but made the best of it with a 6-3 trouncing of Cary-Grove. The game started slowly as the Cats made three early trips to the penalty box. However, goalie Erich Held and the defense held tight. Finally, Peter Henderson opened the scoring with a beautiful backhand, on an assist from Connor Krukowski. This marked Peter’s 1st goal on Varsity.

With the 1st period ending, a CG player was sent to the box for head contact. With six seconds left in the period, the Cats took the face-off to the right of the goalie. Justin Antolec took the puck and surprised the CG goaltender and the fans with a quick score, just as the buzzer sounded. The 2nd period was a wild affair with a total of 28 total shots, 18 of them by the Cats. The boys failed to convert any shots until Connor Krukowski notched his 2nd point of the night with a power-play breakaway goal with 46 seconds left on the clock.

The 3rd period opened with an unassisted “ESPN worthy” play by Tommy Tambourine. Tambourine stretched over the CG bench to knock a floating puck back to the ice. He then proceeded to undress their defense and parked the puck in the upper left-hand corner of the goal. Just 30 seconds later a puck got stuck in a small patch of water in front of the Icecats net that the Cats couldn’t dislodge, but CG did, slamming it home for their first tally of the night. A minute later “Backhand” Henderson got his 2nd of the night, this time served up by Matt Majewski. At this point the Cats seemed to take a nap and CG took advantage with two tallies in less than a minute. Coach Heredia could clearly be heard in the stands as he woke his players up, and two minutes later it was Jeff Martin to Tommy Tambourine to Connor Krukowski for the score and Connor’s 3rd point of the night. That’s how it ended, with the Icecats ahead 6-3. The Cats came away with 4 power play goals in a very satisfying game.

The Cats have accumulated 7 points this season, putting them in a second place tie with Carmel in the Metro Central National Division. The Varsity Cats next take on Grayslake at 5:15 Sunday in Gurnee. On Wednesday, they go on the road to take on perennial powerhouse Barrington. More road games follow against Conant on November 8 and Lake Forest Academy (November 10). A key upcoming game is on Friday, November 13 when the Cats face off against undefeated National Division leader Mundelein at Glacier (home ice for both teams). The Cats need their fans to come out and help make it an unlucky night for the Mustangs.




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