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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

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

JV Ends Regular Season on a Hot Streak January 27, 2010

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The Junior Varsity Icecats have ended the regular season on a hot streak, winning two consecutive games  in dramatic fashion as they prepare for the playoffs.

On Sunday, the JV Icecats found their way into the win column with a dramatic come from behind 8-6 victory over Maine. Varsity floater Peter Henderson notched a hat trick, with two goals from Patrick Quinn, and one goal apiece from Shawn Rieke and Scott Miller. Nick Draths got the win in net in relief of Grant Gembra.

On Monday night, JV beat Huntley/Lake Zurich 3-2. Nick Draths was again in goal, notching his second consecutive win. The scoring was led by Garrett Gratz with two goals.

More details can be found on the new Junior Varsity blog.

Check Out the Beast’s Big Goal January 26, 2010

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Check out this video of Eric “the Beast” Cardona’s Sports Center worthy winning shootout goal in a recent JV practice game. Well done Eric.

Be sure to help give Eric and the other Icecats seniors a nice send off at Glacier this Friday at Senior Night, during the Varsity game against Jacobs. Game time is 8:40.

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JV Cats Advance to All Star Finals December 19, 2009

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Four junior varsity players and one alternate have advanced to the final roster for the JV All Star game on January 31. Named to the team were forwards Patrick Quinn, Scott Miller and David Vieth, and defenseman Shawn Rieke. Defenseman Jake Goldwater was named an alternate. Congratulations to all the JV all stars.

JV Icecats Lose Close Game to BGHW, Then Tie CCM December 12, 2009

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Heading into the home stretch of the season, with only six remaining games before playoffs, the JV Icecats looked to claim their first win of the season on a bone chilling Wednesday night against a  Buffalo Grove-Hersey-Wheeling team that was right above them in  the standings.

The Icecats started out a little slow, letting up a tough goal midway through the first, and as a result of the goal Icecats assistant captain Matt Kalish broke his stick in frustration.

The Icecats, feeling frustrated too, responded soon after off of a nasty shot by Patrick Quinn which was set up by an even nicer pass by Shawn Rieke.

But even as the tide began to turn in the Icecats favor, BGHW scored twice in the third, putting the Icecats down a two goals going into the 3rd period.

The Icecats narrowed the lead down to one half way through the third when Shawn Reike scored the Icecats second tally with Jake Goldwater getting credit for the assist.

But BGHW maintained their lead, scoring twice in the third, and then getting an empty netter in the waining seconds of the game.

Goalie Grant Gembra played solid, stopping 14 shots, and his play kept the Icecats in the game till the end.

The Icecats played again on Friday (12-11-09) against a weak CCM team with only eight players on the team, but they put up a fight to the end.

The Icecats scored first off of a nice backdoor goal by Joey Educate, where forward Jake Segall found Educate wideopen on the other end of the ice.

CCM responded scoring two unanswered goals, including one on the powerplay, but the Icecats refused to backdown.

The Icecats pored it on in the second, scoring three times off shots by Shawn Reike, Scott Miller, and Educate. Educate’s second goal was his second on the night.

CCM came rallying back though, scoring in the remaining minutes of the second, putting the score a 4-3 Icecats heading into the third.

With their first win imminent, the only thing the Icecats needed to do was hold on, and they did until the waining minutes of the game when CCM scored with the goalie pulled, tying the game at 4-4 with only 1:30 left in the game.

And that’s how it ended, a tie. 4-4

Nick Draths played insane, stopping 21 shots on goal, and saving the Icecats’ behinds on numerous occasions.

The post was written by JV Icecats assistant captain Matt Kalish.

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JV Falls 5-2 to BGHW December 11, 2009

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The junior varsity Cats lost to Buffalo Grove-Wheeling-Hersey (BGHW) by a score of 5-2 in a game December 9 at Glacier. A detailed game write up will follow soon.

The JV cats face off against CCM tonight at 8:40 at Glacier.

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Cats Well Represented on All Star Teams December 1, 2009

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The Metro Central All Star games are this weekend, and both the Varsity and JV teams are well represented.

Varsity will send junior forwards Justin Antolec and Tommy Tambourine, senior forward Connor Krukowski and sophmore defenseman Brad Feinman. Junior defenseman Joey Vandermey was named an alternate.

The JV team will send sophmore Jake Goldwater along with freshmen Scott Miller, Shawn Rieke, Jake Segall and Patrick Quinn.  Freshman David Veith was named an alternate.

Congratulations to all of the All Stars, and good luck this weekend.

JV Annihilates Evanston, then Falls to Highland Park at Stevenson Tournament (Nov. 27, 2009) November 28, 2009

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The JV Icecasts came into the first game of the Stevenson Thanksgiving Tournament looking to end its winless streak by outworking their opponents, passing the puck and keeping up their stellar play on defense.

The JV Cats did all three early Friday, in grand fashion.

After playing a sloppy first period, where they let up four goals in a row, the Icecats absolutely unloaded  on Evanston, scoring eight unanswered goals.

Icecats goals were scored by Scott Miller and Patrick Quinn (each had two goals, including a blocked shot by Miller that lead to a breakaway goal), Jake Segall, David Quinn, and Joey Educate.

Goaltender Nick Draths played solid as usual in front of the stout Icecats defense, only letting up 5 goals during a game where Draths saw an abnormally amount of shots early. The Cats defense did a good job of limiting shots on goal during the second and third periods.

This was JV’s much overdue first win of the season, snapping a 10 game losing streak, and JV was looking to put the grim start of the season in their rear view mirror, while moving on to take on Highland Park.

After their win against Evanston, the Icecats looked to keep their momentum up by beating a Highland Park JV team that the Icecats team took down in an earlier exhibition game.

But a lack of preparation and effort early on allowed Highland Park to score four quick goals, putting the Icecats in the familiar position of having to dig themselves out of a deep hole.

The Icecats were down 5-0 for most 0f the third period under a running clock. In the bottom half of the third, the Cats woke up when defenseman Matt Kalish carried the puck coast to coast, beating three Highland Park defenders en route to setting up Patrick Quinn for the lone Icecats goal in the  game.

The Icecats take on Glenbrook South Saturday, with a trip to the semi-finals on the line. Puck drop is at 3:20pm at Twin Rinks.

This post was submitted by JV Icecast assistant captain Matt Kalish

JV Icecats Lose Close Game to Maine, 3-1 (11-07-09) November 11, 2009

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After a tough loss to Barrington on Saturday, the JV Icecats looked to get their first win of the season Monday against a beatable Maine team.

The Icecats came out strong, getting a few close chances earlier in the game off of solid play from Icecats wingers Blake Dobson, Adam Cox, and center Tyler Garrett. Dobson, who had two breakaways on the night,  just couldn’t find the twine, while Cox and Garrett stepped up their play considerably giving added spark to the Icecat offense.

The Icecats D kept up its stellar play led by defensemen Matt Kalish and David Quinn, keeping Maine off of the scoreboard until late in the first when Maine scored off of a shot which hit a Icecat defender’s stick.  Maine put another goal on the board later in the second when a Maine winger snuck behind the Icecats defense and put a rebound behind goalie Nick Draths.

Draths continued his outstanding play between the pipes stopping 32 shots throughout the game, and coming up big in clutch moments with his quick glove. Draths, who is only a freshman, is 7th in the league in goals against average and his stellar play has kept the Icecats in many of their games throughout the season.

The lone Icecats goal was tallied late in the game by freshman David Vieth, who scored on a slapshot that trickled by the Maine goalie. The goal was Vieth’s first high school goal.

On another note, coaches Dave Schlaggeter and Mike Degeorge named freshman Scott Miller junior varsity captain, with junior Kalish and freshman Patrick Quinn as assistant captains. Congrats to all three.

JV’s next game is tomorrow, 11/11 8:40pm at Glacier against the archrival Carmel Corsairs.

This post was contributed by JV Icecats Assistant Captain Matt Kalish.

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