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JV Battles, Loses Double OT Thriller to BGHW February 28, 2010

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In their fourth match up of the season, the ninth seeded Icecats looked to knock off eight seeded Buffalo Grove-Hersey-Wheeling in the Round of 16 of the Blackhawk Cup Friday night in Bensenville, but after almost two periods of sudden death overtime, BGHW hammered home the game winner, sending them to the Elite Eight for a match up against top seeded Rockford.

The Icecats started out strong, battling hard against a BGHW team that heavily out numbered the Icecats, but the Icecats held strong for most the period, until BGHW scored off of a heads up play by a BGHW forward who put a rebound past net minder Nick Draths.

But 45 seconds later, the Icecats responded when Tyler Garrett scored off of a Joey Educate rebound, tying the game 1-1 and the shot total at 8-8.

The second period however, was a different story, with the Icecats, playing with only 12 skaters, were out shot by a wide margin. The shorthanded Cass looked to be fading fast after giving up several odd man rushes, but Draths, as he has all season, kept the Icecats in the game. Draths made 15 saves in the second period alone, letting up one breakaway goal from BGHW’s best player.

And with their goalie standing on his head throughout the period, and the defense doing everything in their power to help the struggling offensive, the Icecats went into the locker room between the second and third looking to catch their breaths and take back the game, hoping to keep their season alive.

After two hard opening shifts in the third, forward Shawn Rieke found the equalizer, putting another stray rebound past the BGHW goalie. All of a sudden it was a game again.

After that elusive game-tying goal both teams held steady for the remainder of the third, sending the game into sudden-death overtime.

The first overtime was essentially a continuation of the third period, with both teams having numerous opportunities to score, but the two goalies continued their stellar play. With the score still tied after 10 minutes of extra time, the game moved on to the second overtime.

Tempers flared early in the second period when Icecats defender Jake Goldwater, playing his first game back from injury, got into a scuffle with a BGHW player, and although both got co-incidental penalties, the Icecats, who were already running on empty, just couldn’t recover, with the game winning goal coming a little over a minute after Goldwater finished his penalty.

This game did end the JV Icecats season, as the loss eliminated them from the Blackhawk Cup. It was also senior Eric Cardona’s last game as an Icecat.

Contributed by JV Icecats Assistant Captain Matt Kalish

Varsity Drops Practice Game 3-1 to HP February 28, 2010

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The Varsity Icecats lost an exhibition match against Metro North rival Highland Park 3-1 Friday night. The game,  a tune up for next week’s important Blackhawk Cup match against Conant, was a generally uneventful affair, with the Cats being out shot 24-16.

Two Cats highlights were Jeff Martin’s sweet breakaway goal in the second, where he froze the goalie and the lifted the puck in under the crossbar, and goalie Max Laughlin’s solid performance in net. Max played the first two periods, yielding just one goal on 15 shots.

Hopefully the game helped shake off the rust and the Cats will be ready for Wednesday’s win or go home match against Conant, which starts at 6:40 pm at the Edge in Bensenville.

Varsity to Face Highland Park Friday Night February 23, 2010

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The Varsity Icecats will face off against Highland Park in an exhibition game this Friday night at Glacier. Game time is 8:40pm. This will be a valuable tune-up before the important Blackhawks Cup game next Wednesday against Conant. Highland Park finished the regular season 6-12-4, good for ninth place in the competitive Metro North division. The Icecats last faced the Giants on Sept. 23 in preseason play.

Varsity Icecats Advance in Blackhawk Cup February 20, 2010

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The Varsity Icecats made short work of visiting Morton/Washington Friday night at Glacier, thus advancing to the next round in the Blackhawk Cup.

Despite a valiant effort by the Morton/Washington goaltender, the Cats bulldozed the outmatched visitors 9-1 to keep the Cats’ season alive.

Peter Henderson earned a hat trick, on his birthday no less, while Justin Antolec and Tommy Tambourine each scored two goals. Justin had four total points. Also scoring goals were Ian Donnahoo (two points total), and Connor Krukowski (three total points). Defenseman Brad Feinman had four assists, while Jeff Martin also notched two helpers.

Goalie Erich Held, making his second consecutive start, made 13 saves. His busiest period was the second, when M/W managed seven shots and a couple of good chances.

The Cats next Blackhawk Cup game is against old rival Conant at 6:40 pm on March 3 at the Edge in Bensenville.

JV Loses Two Close Playoff Games vs. Maine, Crystal Lake South February 16, 2010

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After ending their challenging 2-15-3 season with a two game winning streak, the JV Icecats looked to repeat last year’s playoff magic with a win against a Maine team that the Icecats hammered two weeks earlier, but the Icecats just couldn’t replicate their previous sucess, falling to Maine 3-2.

After a couple of hard opening shifts by the Icecats, Maine put the game’s first tally on the board after nice backdoor pass that just beat Icecats goalie Nick Draths’ quick glove.

But the Icecats didn’t let the early goal bother them, scoring minutes later in the first when freshman forward Shawn Rieke put the puck in the net off of a beautiful cross-crease pass by JV captain Scott Miller.

WIth the game tied up 1-1 going into the second period, the already high energy game was taken to another level by both teams in the second frame, with the Icecats battling hard against a short handed Maine squad that only had 10 skaters, but that didn’t matter much, because late in the second Maine took the lead after one of their players snuck behind the Icecats defenders and put the puck behind Draths.

But as the old saying goes, it’s not over till the fat lady sings.

The Icecats came out looking to take the game back, and only 18 seconds into the third period, assistant captain Patrick Quinn scored top right corner, with Jake “Seabird” Segall getting the assist.

From there, the game looked like it could go either way, with both teams getting plenty of chances to put the game away throughout the third period, but the Icecats just couldn’t get enough shots on goal, only managing to get three shots the entire period and the powerplay unit, which the coaching staff worked with throughout the week, went 0-4 on the powerplay, including a prolonged 5-3 advantage. Maine produced the game winning goal with a little under four minutes to play in the third, putting the nail in the Icecats coffin.

Goalie Nick Draths, who looked stellar in his first career playoff start, stopped 16 shots, but his’ play between the pipes kept the Cats alive all the way till the end.

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After a tough loss the night before and a full day off of school to recover, the JV Icecats looked to their first win of the playoffs against Crystal Lake South on their home turf up at the Crystal Lake Ice House

The Icecats, as they have all season, started out strong, getting the game’s first goal only two minutes into the first period off of another Patrick Quinn sniper shot off a slick pass by freshman Joey Educate. But the Gators turned the tide minutes later when they tied it up off of a nifty pass to a wide open man on goalie Nick Draths’ backdoor, tying the game up at one to end the first period.

The second period was a tug of war of sorts, with neither team really able to convert on what few opportunities they had, as both defenses and goaltenders remained firm, until late in the period where after dangling around three Gator defenders, Quinn buried his second point of the night, giving the Icecats the lead and the momentum.

However, both were short lived, as CLS tied the game back up shortly there after, setting up what would be a climactic third period.

After a motivational speech in between periods by head coach Dave Schlagetter, the Icecats looked to poised to take home the win after several strong shifts to start the period, but the Icecats just didn’t have it in them, as CLS took the lead midway through the third after a scramble in front of Draths resulted in the puck squirting by both Draths and Icecats defender Matt Kalish, both who were trying desperately to keep the game alive. The Gators also tallied an empty net goal in the dying minutes of the game. Final score, 5-2 CLS.

Draths, who started his second game in a row, played above and beyond what was expected of him at the start of the season, and although the number of shots on goal weren’t recorded, Nick stopped shots that no goalie in this league should have stopped, and his performance between the pipes is worth being commending. Way to go Nick.

The Icecats take on CCM tomorrow at The Glacier, puck drop is at 8:40pm. It’s JV’s final home game of the season, so come out and support your JV Icecats as they fight to move on in the Metro Central playoffs.

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Contributed by JV Icecats Assistant Captain Matt Kalish

Icecats Top CG 4-1 to End Playoffs on a High Note February 16, 2010

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The Varsity Icecats solidly defeated Cary Grove 4-1 Monday night in Barrington, ending the Scholastic Cup playoffs with a disappointing 1-3 record. Still, the game gives the Cats some momentum heading into Friday’s Blackhawk Cup match against Morton Washington. The Blackhawk Cup is a single elimination tournament. If the Cats win Friday, they will face their old rival Conant on March 3 at the AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville.

Monday’s game was uneventful for the first half of the first period, before Peter Henderson notched a shortside top shelf goal at 7:16, assisted by Joey VanderMey. Cary Grove answered a minute later with a fluke goal that went in off an Icecat’s skate. Jeff Martin got it back a few minutes later with another short side top shelf goal, reminiscent of Peter’s.

The Cats added one in the second, when Justin Antolec collected his own rebound and dished it to Martin who was streaking in behind the play and buried it for his second tally. Joey also assisted on the goal. In the third, Connor Krukowski picked up a lose puck on the far post and lifted it under the crossbar at a tight angle for the fourth and final goal of the night.

The Cats outshot Cary Grove 31-24. Erich Held was in net and was again solid with 23 saves.

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Watch the Icecats Take on Jacobs February 15, 2010

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The Varsity Icecats’ successful final regular season home game vs. Jacobs is now available for viewing on LHS-TUBE. Click onthe image to view the video.

Varsity Icecats Take Lead Into 3rd, but Fall to CLS February 14, 2010

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The Varsity Icecats would have been better off skipping the second period intermission Saturday night in Crystal Lake. The Cats were on a roll, leading arguably the best team in Metro Central 3-2 at the end of two. The break gave CLS a chance to rest and regroup and they came out with a vengeance in the third, jumping all over every Cats mistake to put the game away with a four goal onslaught. It was a heartbreaker, and a lesson in why no lead is safe until the game ends, particularly against a team of Crystal Lake’s caliber. Still, there was a lot to praise.

The Icecats showed up to play, surviving an early goal against before tying it up at 7:36 when Joey VanderMey made a sweet tape to tape hail mary pass to Justin Antolec. Justin flew down the ice, faked and then buried his breakaway chance. Brad Feinman also assisted on the play. It looked like the period would end with a tie but with seconds left, CLS star forward Eric Purcell flipped a backhander just under the crossbar to take the lead. It was his second goal of the night and he was far from finished.

The second period was all about the Icecats powerplay. First it was Jeff Martin showing why he can stickhandle with the league’s best. He maneuvered himself into the slot and backhanded it over the goalie’s shoulder to tie it up. One minute later, Connor Krukowski blindly flung a rebound off Tommy Tambourine’s shot past the CLS netminder for the go ahead goal. Goalie Max Laughlin helped keep the Cats in the lead by stopping all 13 CLS shots in the second. He ended the night with 28 saves.

The third period was a disaster. It began when the Cats took a penalty at 11:19, and seconds into the powerplay Purcell walked untouched into the slot and buried a wrister top shelf for a hat trick. Purcell added his fourth goal at 5:55 when he picked up the puck at the blueline at the end of a Cats powerplay and flew down the ice for a breakaway goal. The game ended in a 6-3 loss.

The Cats did have some chances to make the game closer. A second period breakaway by Ian Donnahoo just missed the crossbar, and a third period penalty shot by high-energy freshman forward Peter Henderson was poke checked away at the last instant by the CLS goaltender. Kudos to Ian and Hendo for the hustle it took to generate these chances. Next time.

The Cats finish out the Metro Central playoffs in Barrington Monday against Cary Grove. The Cats’ Blackhawks Cup tournament begins Friday night at 8:40 at Glacier.

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Late Penalty Thwarts Comeback vs. Barrington February 13, 2010

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The Varsity Icecats fell 4-1 to Barrington Friday night Glacier in a Metro Central Scholastic playoff game that generated combined 55 penalty minutes. The game was, as the old cliche goes, “closer than the score indicated.” After falling behind 2-0 through two periods, team captain Tommy Tambourine continued to show himself to be Mr. Clutch, scoring a short sider with nine minutes remaining in the game, pulling the Cats within one with plenty of time left on the clock. Unfortunately, a cross checking penalty with four minutes left squashed the Cats’ momemtum, and Barrington scored its third on a rebound on the power play. The Broncos poked one more in with a minute left to seal the deal.

The game demonstrated there is little love lost between the teams. Of the 55 penalty minutes assessed, 31 came with less than three minutes left in the game. Tyler Shanholtzer, coming to the aid of a teammate getting roughed up along the boards, took a fighting major and game misconduct with time winding down. He is expected to sit for three games. With the season nearing the end, the Cats need to advance in the Blackhawk Cup to give Shanny a chance to get back on the ice this year.

A number of other players showed real heart and hustle in the game. The energy line of Tony Rossetti, Ian Donnahoo and Greg Majewski skated hard all night. And even though the Cats gave up 44 shots, the defense led by Brad Feinman, Joey VanderMey, Matt Majewski and Stephen Stanis, did well to limit the chances of Barrington’s fast and skilled forwards. The Cats penalty killers managed to negate several 5 on 3 power plays, preventing the game from getting out of hand. And finally, goalie Erich Held withstood a 24-shot second period onslaught with only one goal against, an effort that allowed his team to have a fighting chance going in the third period.

Tonight, the Icecats face another challenge against Crystal Lake South at 8:10 in Crystal Lake. Monday night, the play their final game in the qualifying round against Cary-Grove.

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Varsity Falls in Playoff Opener February 10, 2010

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The Varsity Icecats lost their playoff opener against Jacobs 4-1 at home Monday night, digging a bit of a hole for the team, which still must faces Barrington, Crystal Lake South and Cary Grove on their quest to advance to the finals.

The Cats skated hard but seemed a bit out of synch Monday, lacking the crisp passing and playmaking that characterized their successful stretch run of the regular season. The Cats got on the board first at 7:42 in the opening frame when Tyler Shanholtzer snuck one past the far post and off the goaltender’s skate, with an assist from Ian Donnahoo.

Jacobs evened it up at 3:24 and the first ended with a 1-1 tie. Things went south in the second with consecutive tallies by Jacobs. A goalie switch after the third goal seemed to spur the defense to play better, but the Cats could not generate any offense, despite a strong effort from forwards Peter Henderson, Tony Rossetti and Jeff Martin, among others. Jacobs added one more in the third and that was all she wrote.

The last time the Cats faced Jacobs, they won 6-1. In that match, Jacobs was missing five players to suspension. Jacobs had all but two back Monday night and they seemed to be a better team, and were probably motivated to make up for that humiliating loss.

Next up is Barrington, which comes to Vernon Hills to face the Cats at 8:40 on Friday night. Barrington won the season’s only matchup 3-1, a close, chippy game on the Bronco’s turf. The Cats will need to be ready for a fast, physical game.

The Icecats are competing in the Metro Central Scholastic division of the playoffs. The top two teams in the division will advance to the quarterfinals on Feb. 20, where the top qualifying teams from the Northwest and West divisions will also compete. The semifinals take place February 24 and the finals on Feb. 28 at the Northbrook Ice Arena.

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