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

Posted by claugh217 in Junior Varsity.

Photo by Studio West, Libertyville

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

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