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

Posted by claugh217 in Varsity.

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.




1. Karyn Dobson - November 14, 2009

I heard it was standing room only. Let’s get them next time Icecats!!

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