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Late Penalty Thwarts Comeback vs. Barrington February 13, 2010

Posted by claugh217 in Varsity.

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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