Cats split their final 4 league games, travel to Culver and Defeat Anthony Wayne in Playoffs!
The Northview Wildcats finished off regular season play with a split of their final 4 league games a strong showing in Culver and earning a come from behind victory in the 1st round of the state playoffs.
Northview Defeated St. Johns 2-1 on a rare Thursday league game. Sophomores Jake Ruehle and Trevor Klee provided the offense and Junior Mason Snyder backstopped the win in goal with 17 saves.
The next evening in Bowling Green was a trainwreck. A 6 to 0 defeat was magnified as senior captain and team leader Brad Crandall was lost for the season with a injury.
With their backs against the wall and playing the 3rd game in 24 hours the Cats welcomed Findlay to Tamo for Senior night. An inspire effort provided for a great evening in front of a strong crowd as the Cats hosted youth appreciation night. A host of Cats scored in an 8-3 win. Trevor Klee scored a pair of goals, Brandon Clark, Cameron Hall, Larry Maurer, Matt Fink, Zach Doner and a shorthanded effort from Maizy Crandall capped off an electric night. Senior Johny Rady picked up the win with a solid night between the Pipes.
Northview then hit the road for 1 last trip as the team boarded a bus straight out of the movie slap shot for a visit to Culver Academy. After getting to the rink late and having to do repairs on the side of the road Northview played a strong game but fell 3 to 1. Zach Doner scored the lone goal but Culver hit the empty net for the final margin. Mason Snyder stopped 38 shots for an impressive outing. After getting a new bus and a new driver later that evening the Cats responded by outplaying Culver for much of Sunday mornings game. Maizy scored for the 2nd time in 3 games and Klee scored a power play goal. However neither team could score in the extra session and they finished in a 2-2 tie. Johny Rady stopped 27 shots in goal.
The Cats finished off the regular season with St. Francis. Nothing went right on this night as Northview felt the absence of both Crandall and Klee in a lopsided 10-0 loss.
This past Monday evening the Cats kicked off the 2nd season with a game versus upstart Anthony Wayne in the playoffs. Riding the momentum of a 22 game win streak and enjoying the finest season in program history the Generals were in upset mind. A 1st period goal and a power play goal late in the 2nd had them in position to do just that. However the Cats answered with a goal from Cameron Hall seconds later off a nice feed from Brandon Clark to pull to within a goal after 2. Sensing the Generals were running on empty the Cats picked up the attack. Zach Doner tied the game and Justin Maroszek hit the eventual game winner minutes later. Doner capped off the scoring as he hit the empty net for the clincher. Final Score Northview 4 and A.W. 2.
The win puts the Cats into the district semi-finals versus #1 seed St. Francis this coming Friday evening at 7:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now at both Tam-o-Shanter and the High School.