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

Posted by claugh217 in General, Varsity.

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.



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