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Varsity Cats Settle for 3-3 Tie with Latin (11-30-09) December 1, 2009

Posted by claugh217 in Varsity.

The Varsity Cats put together a solid effort Monday night, putting 39 shots on goal against Latin. But Latin held on for a tie, thanks in large part to a big night by its goalkeeper. The Cats were disappointed not to get a win on a night when they outplayed their opponent. But a tie is better than a loss, and the boys did add a point to their total in the standings.

The Cats were almost at full strength Monday, getting back shutdown defenseman Brad Feinman and talented centerman Jeff Martin. Both made their presence felt on the ice, with Feinman launching several heavy slap shots on net and Martin generating two assists. Defenseman Mike Lauber sat out Monday’s game.

Latin was the first to score in Monday’s game, sneaking a short side goal through on the second shot of the night. The Cats poured it on late in the period with Peter Henderson (assisted by Tony Rossetti) tallying first, and later Justin Antolec scored on a power play, assisted by Henderson and Martin.

Latin struck back with less than a minute left in the period when Cats goalie Max Laughlin stopped the first shot on a rush, but Latin beat the Cats defenders to the rebound, and the first period ended in a 2-2 tie. The shots were roughly even in the first.

The second period was all Cats, who outshot Latin 20-6 and finally dented the net with one minute left in the period, when Connor Krukowski buried a rebound, assisted by Martin and Tommy Tambourine. The second ended with the Cats up 3-2.

The game seemed to be in hand for the Cats until they took a penalty with less than five minutes left in the game. Less than halfway into the power play, Latin flung a knuckleballer over Max’s shoulder to tie the game. Max finished the night with 22 saves.

The Cats added a flurry of shots late, and escaped near disaster when they gave up a breakaway with time running out on the clock. The Latin shooter missed wide, and the Cats were able to close it out 3-3.

The next game is at 7:00 Friday night against Mundelein at Glacier. The Mustangs beat the Cats 7-3 in their last matchup, so the boys should be motivated to even the series. Mundelein will be coming off  a stinging 3-2 loss to Grayslake on Nov. 22. The Ramquoits scored their first victory of the year as they spoiled Mundelein’s bid for an undefeated season.




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