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Varsity Falls in Playoff Opener February 10, 2010

Posted by claugh217 in Varsity.

Photo by Studio West, Libertyville

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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