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

Posted by claugh217 in Junior Varsity.
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Photo by Studio West, Libertyville

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

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