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

Posted by claugh217 in Junior Varsity.

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.




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