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Cats Overcome Slow Start, Dominate Huntley 8-3 (12-18-09) December 19, 2009

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Things didn’t start well in the Varsity Cats final home game before the holiday break, but in the end it didn’t matter. After falling behind 3-1 in the first period, the Cats woke up and unloaded on an overmatched Huntley team, culminating in a four goal third period that transformed a close game into a blowout.

After taking an opportunistic 2-0 lead, Huntley slowly dug its own grave by taking 26 minutes of penalties (8 minors and one misconduct), compared with the Cats three minors. Huntley at times seemed more interested in scoring big hits than scoring goals. The Cats took full advantage of Huntley’s lack of discipline, scoring many of their goals on power plays.

Varsity captain Tommy Tambourine scores in the second period to tie Friday night's game vs. Huntley.CLICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW VIDEO.

Freshman forward Peter Henderson got things started for the Cats at 3:53 in the first, scoring a power play goal (his first of two goals for the night) assisted by Tommy Tambourine. After giving up another goal seconds later to fall behind 3-1, the Cats tightened things up 3-2 going into the second when Ian Donnahoo scored, assisted by Matt Majewski.

Less than four minutes into the second, Tommy tied it up when he buried a rebound of Connor Krukowski’s wraparound attempt. Tommy’s goal was on a power play that resulted from a nasty hit from behind Tommy received along the boards at center ice. The best way to retaliate is to score.

Connor also had a big night, scoring a goal in the third and notching three assists. The go ahead goal came at 7:29 in the second when Jeff Martin tallied on a shot that went in off a Huntley defenseman’s stick to take a lead that the Cats would not relinquish. Stephan Stanis assisted on Jeff’s tally.

The flood gates opened up in the third with consecutive goals from Tyler Shanholtzer, Connor and  senior defenseman Mike Lauber, who also earned an assist on Connor’s goal.  Peter capped things off with the team’s eighth goal of the night with just over  two minutes remaining, assisted by Shanny and Connor.

Cats goalie Max Laughlin made 24 saves on the night. Max didn’t panic after a rough first period, settling in and making 19 straight saves after the team gave up three goals on the first five shots allowed. Both of the team’s goalies enter the break with solid win-loss records. Junior Erich Held is 4-4-1, while Max is 3-2-3.

Friday’s 8-3 victory gives the Cats a 7-6-4 record with 18 points going into the winter break, good for a solid hold on third place in the Metro Central National Division, behind rivals Mundelein and Conant. The Cats next outing is a January 7 away game against Crystal Lake South. The next home matchup is on January 9 at 6 p.m. against Guerin.



JV Cats Advance to All Star Finals December 19, 2009

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Four junior varsity players and one alternate have advanced to the final roster for the JV All Star game on January 31. Named to the team were forwards Patrick Quinn, Scott Miller and David Vieth, and defenseman Shawn Rieke. Defenseman Jake Goldwater was named an alternate. Congratulations to all the JV all stars.

Cats Top Fremd 2-1 December 13, 2009

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In arguably their best effort of the season, the Varsity Icecats topped Fremd 2-1 tonight at West Meadows. The Cats battled hard for three full periods, got some great goaltending from Erich Held and managed to take only two minor penalties.

The scoring started in the first with Jeff Martin taking the puck end to end, putting it on net off Tyler Shanholtzer’s stick and a Fremd defender’s skate. Tommy Tambourine also picked up an assist. Fremd answered a short while later, sending the game into the second period tied 1-1.

The Cats took the lead for good in the second, when team captain Tambourine buried a shot, assisted by Brad Feinman.

Held stood on his head, making 33 saves, including a breakaway stop in the third to keep the Cats in the lead. The Cats were more efficient, converting two of their 18 shots.

Other Cats who stood out tonight without making the scoresheet were forwards Connor Krukowski, Nick Young and Tony Rossetti, and defenseman Mike Lauber. The team overall battled hard, especially in the corners and along the boards,  rarely losing a battle for a lose puck.

The win gives the Cats 16 points for the season. The next contest is against Huntley Friday night at 8:40 at Glacier.


Varsity Ties CCM 3-3 (12-12-09) December 13, 2009

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The Varsity Icecats tied the CCM Tigers 3-3 Saturday night at Glacier. This was the Cats third tie in the last four league games. It was a big improvement over the teams’ previous meeting, which ended with CCM beating the Cats 7-2.

The IceCats kicked off the scoring when Connor Krukowski scored less than three minutes into the game, assisted by Tommy Tambourine and Jeff Martin. The Cats added another one at the 4:34 mark, when Jack Reike stuffed home a rebound in a goal crease scramble, assisted by Krukowski.  Early in the second, what would have been a CCM power play goal was waved off because a CCM player kicked it in. Just a minute later, CCM put one in that counted. The period ended with the Cats up 2-1.

Unfortunately, the Cats could not hold the lead. After going up 3-1 early in the third on a goal by Tyler Shanholtzer (assisted by Martin), CCM scored two unanswered goals, leading to the 3-3 finish. Cats goalie Max Laughlin made 21 saves in a solid effort.

The Cats now have 14 points and are in either third or fourth place in the Metro Central National Division, depending on the outcome of Friday’s game between Carmel Catholic and Guerin.

Tonight at 6:30, the Cats take on Fremd at West Meadows.


JV Icecats Lose Close Game to BGHW, Then Tie CCM December 12, 2009

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Heading into the home stretch of the season, with only six remaining games before playoffs, the JV Icecats looked to claim their first win of the season on a bone chilling Wednesday night against a  Buffalo Grove-Hersey-Wheeling team that was right above them in  the standings.

The Icecats started out a little slow, letting up a tough goal midway through the first, and as a result of the goal Icecats assistant captain Matt Kalish broke his stick in frustration.

The Icecats, feeling frustrated too, responded soon after off of a nasty shot by Patrick Quinn which was set up by an even nicer pass by Shawn Rieke.

But even as the tide began to turn in the Icecats favor, BGHW scored twice in the third, putting the Icecats down a two goals going into the 3rd period.

The Icecats narrowed the lead down to one half way through the third when Shawn Reike scored the Icecats second tally with Jake Goldwater getting credit for the assist.

But BGHW maintained their lead, scoring twice in the third, and then getting an empty netter in the waining seconds of the game.

Goalie Grant Gembra played solid, stopping 14 shots, and his play kept the Icecats in the game till the end.

The Icecats played again on Friday (12-11-09) against a weak CCM team with only eight players on the team, but they put up a fight to the end.

The Icecats scored first off of a nice backdoor goal by Joey Educate, where forward Jake Segall found Educate wideopen on the other end of the ice.

CCM responded scoring two unanswered goals, including one on the powerplay, but the Icecats refused to backdown.

The Icecats pored it on in the second, scoring three times off shots by Shawn Reike, Scott Miller, and Educate. Educate’s second goal was his second on the night.

CCM came rallying back though, scoring in the remaining minutes of the second, putting the score a 4-3 Icecats heading into the third.

With their first win imminent, the only thing the Icecats needed to do was hold on, and they did until the waining minutes of the game when CCM scored with the goalie pulled, tying the game at 4-4 with only 1:30 left in the game.

And that’s how it ended, a tie. 4-4

Nick Draths played insane, stopping 21 shots on goal, and saving the Icecats’ behinds on numerous occasions.

The post was written by JV Icecats assistant captain Matt Kalish.


Antolec, Tambourine Advance to All Star Finals December 12, 2009

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Varsity Icecats forwards Justin Antolec and Tommy Tambourine, both juniors, have been named to the Metro Central Varsity All Star squad. The All Star game takes place on January 31. The two were chosen based on their performance in the All Star qualifying game held Dec. 5 in Crystal Lake. Tommy and Justin are tied for the team lead in scoring, each with 14 points through 14 league games. Congratulations to both players.

Herald Covers Antolec’s Struggle with Racial Taunting December 11, 2009

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Here is an article from yesterday’s Daily Herald that covers the racial taunting that varsity forward Justin Antolec has contended with in several games this season.

Antolec overcomes foes’ taunts

JV Falls 5-2 to BGHW December 11, 2009

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The junior varsity Cats lost to Buffalo Grove-Wheeling-Hersey (BGHW) by a score of 5-2 in a game December 9 at Glacier. A detailed game write up will follow soon.

The JV cats face off against CCM tonight at 8:40 at Glacier.


Cats Come from Behind, Tie Guerin 4-4 (12-6-09) December 7, 2009

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The Varsity Icecats fell into a pretty deep hole Sunday night in Franklin Park, falling behind 3-1 against Guerin-Nazareth before clawing their way back to an eventual 4-4 tie.

Things started well for the Icecats when center Jeff Martin skated end to end and scored on a tight angle shot just a minute into the game. Guerin then roared back with three consecutive tallies, putting the Cats back on their heels.

The team kept its cool and came roaring back in the second period, outshooting Guerin 16-12 but outchancing them by a wider margin. The team really showed off the skill of its top offensive players in the second. The Guerin goalie held tough, making some clutch saves to keep his team ahead. The hard work finally paid off for the Cats with seconds remaining on the clock when Tommy Tambourine broke free, flew down the ice and buried it, assisted by Mike Lauber.

The Cats carried the momentum into the third when Tommy tied it up early in the period on a backhander assisted by Connor Krukowski and Justin Antolec. Unfortunately, Guerin answered on a hard slapshot with 7 minutes left on clock to regain the lead.

The Cats stayed with it and kept up the pressure. Finally, with 4:32 remaining, Jack Rieke punched a lose puck through the Guerin goalie’s pads in a scramble in the crease, assisted by Jeff (his second point of the night). Tie game.

Both teams used time outs in the final minutes to try and find a way to take both available points. The Cats held tough, with goalie Erich Held making some very good saves late to preserve the tie. With seconds left, it looked like the Cats would win in dramatic fashion, but Tommy hit the post, missing the game winner by literally fractions of an inch. It was a great effort overall for the team’s captain, scoring twice and setting a good example by battling every second he was on the ice.

While the team probably felt like they outplayed their opponent and should have won, they showed they can battle back from behind, which is always a good confidence booster. The Cats outshot Guerin 39 to 35.

The Cats now have 13 points, which is good for a tie for third place with Carmel. The next game is Saturday night at 6 pm vs. CCM at Glacier. CCM won the team’s first meeting, so the Cats will be motivated to even the series.


Cats Lose Lead, Drop Close Practice Match Against LFA (12-5-09) December 6, 2009

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A shorthanded varsity Icecats squad lost 5-3 last night to an equally depleted Lake Forest Academy squad in an exhibition match at Glacier. This was the second exhibition game between the two teams. LFA carried the first handily 7-2. Last night’s game was much closer, with the Cats leading 3-1 at the end of the first. LFA kept at it, taking the lead with six minutes remaining in the third. LFA added an empty netter with seconds left on the clock to seal the game.

Cats goalie Max Laughlin withstood a 30-shot onslaught, including several odd man rushes, and kept his team in the game with some dramatic saves. Cats forward Nick Young turned the role of agitator into an art form, drawing multiple penalties from LFA players who seemed to take a very strong dislike to Nick’s exuberant style of play.

The Cats played the game with a line up depleted by the all star game, injuries and conflicts with other school activities. Missing were Justin Antolec, Connor Krukowski, Brad Feinman, Tommy Tambourine, Stephen Stanis, Matt Majewski and Ian Donnahoo.

Goalie Erich Held suited up as a skater and even scored the team’s first goal on the power play, assisted by Jeff Martin. Also scoring were Nick and Tyler Shanholtzer. Jack Reike and Tony Rossetti earned assists.

The Cats face off at 6 pm today against Guerin in Franklin Park.