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Cats Dispatch Depleted Jacobs Squad on Senior Night January 30, 2010

Posted by claugh217 in General, Varsity.

The Varsity Icecats gave their senior players a nice sendoff last night with an impressive 6-1 thumping of a shorthanded Jacobs team.

The Icecats took full advantage of their opponents’ short bench, tallying four unanswered goals in the first period. Smooth skating senior forward Connor Krukowski got things started at 8:05 on a pretty pass from freshman Peter Henderson, which Connor one timed into an open net. Just over a minute later the always hustling Tony Rossetti buried a hard shot just under the crossbar, assisted by junior defenseman Joey VanderMey and junior forward and assistant captain Nick Young. At the 3:27 mark, Jeff Martin and Justin Antolec made Jacobs pay for their second of what would be eight penalties for the evening. Martin, who had the puck on a string much of the night, maneuvered in and out of the Jacobs penalty killers, finding a seam to the wide open Justin, who buried it.

Justin wasn’t done. With two minutes left in the first period, he took a long pass from sophomore defenseman Brad Feinman and tucked another one past the  shell-shocked Jacobs goalie, who saw four first period shots pass him on nine attempts. In his defense, they were all quality scoring chances well-executed by the Icecats skill players.

The Cats, winning 4-0 after one, seemed to take it easy in the second period, and it looked for a moment at least that Jacobs might get back in the game. Jacobs outshot the Cats 13-5 in the second, and managed to sneak one shot past Cats goalie Erich Held, who had another stellar night with 20 saves. However, that was all Jacobs could muster. In the third, the Icecats woke up and decided to put a boot on the neck of the tired Jacobs squad. Team captain Tommy Tambourine tallied at the 6:14 mark (another power play goal), and junior forward Ian Donnahoo added another for good measure at 3:50, burying a rebound on an Antolec shot.

The game had a large number of penalties. Jacobs was sent to the box eight times, including one major, for 19 minutes. The Cats spent 14 minutes in the box.

Game Notes

The Golden Eagles were missing five players to suspensions, including four of their top five point producers.

Before the game began, the Icecats organization honored seniors Eric Cardona, Krukowski, Mike Lauber and Greg Majewski, and their parents with a special senior night sendoff, emceed by Ron Tambourine.

Friday’s game was the second consecutive home contest webcast live by the LHS CAT-TV organization.

The Icecats play their last regular season game tonight in Crystal Lake against Crystal Lake South.


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