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

Posted by claugh217 in Varsity.

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.


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