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Icecats Top CG 4-1 to End Playoffs on a High Note February 16, 2010

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The Varsity Icecats solidly defeated Cary Grove 4-1 Monday night in Barrington, ending the Scholastic Cup playoffs with a disappointing 1-3 record. Still, the game gives the Cats some momentum heading into Friday’s Blackhawk Cup match against Morton Washington. The Blackhawk Cup is a single elimination tournament. If the Cats win Friday, they will face their old rival Conant on March 3 at the AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville.

Monday’s game was uneventful for the first half of the first period, before Peter Henderson notched a shortside top shelf goal at 7:16, assisted by Joey VanderMey. Cary Grove answered a minute later with a fluke goal that went in off an Icecat’s skate. Jeff Martin got it back a few minutes later with another short side top shelf goal, reminiscent of Peter’s.

The Cats added one in the second, when Justin Antolec collected his own rebound and dished it to Martin who was streaking in behind the play and buried it for his second tally. Joey also assisted on the goal. In the third, Connor Krukowski picked up a lose puck on the far post and lifted it under the crossbar at a tight angle for the fourth and final goal of the night.

The Cats outshot Cary Grove 31-24. Erich Held was in net and was again solid with 23 saves.


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Varsity Cats Fight Back Late in Loss to LFA (11-10-09) November 11, 2009

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The Varsity Icecats took a 7-2 beating Tuesday in an exhibition game against a fast, tough and skilled Lake Forest Academy squad.

Despite falling behind 5-0 after two periods, the Icecats kept at it, scoring 2 early in the third to make a game of it. Nick Young tallied first, another “don’t give up until the whistle” goal assisted by Shawn Rieke. It was barely a minute later when Tommy Tambourine made it interesting with an unassisted tally, closing the gap to 5-2.

That was as close as it got. LFA managed two more tallies to end the game 7-2.

Goalie Max Laughlin had his hands full all night trying to keep the swarming LFA players from scoring. He made 24 saves, including several difficult point blank chances. The Cats shot 23 at two different LFA goalies.

It wasn’t the Cats best outing, but it was a useful test against a skilled opponent. It didn’t help having 4 key players, Brad Feinman, Jeff Martin, Mike Lauber and Connor Krukowski, out of the lineup nursing various injuries.

Shawn and Jake Goldwater played up from JV to fill out the bench, and both were noticable on the ice, generating scoring chances and shots on goal.