The Wildcats improved to 26-1-3 this past weekend and took home the championship trophy in the end of the year league playoff tourney win wins over St. Francis and St. Johns both by a final score of 5 to 2.
On Saturday night the #1 seeded Wildcats took on the #4 seed St. Francis Knights. Freshman Ian Clement’s 2 goals and 3 points helped lead the way to the 5 to 2 win. Clement scored the 1st of the game on the power-play near the end of the 1st and then off a nice feed from Senior Brad Wadsworth in the 2nd for a 2 to 0 lead. Nick Laplante also scored a pair of goals converting twice on 3 on 2 breaks for the Cats. Zach Felser chipped in with the final marker and Austin Gryca made several nice saves when the Cats needed him to help send Northview into the title game.
On Sunday afternoon the Cats jumped all over the #2 seeded St. Johns Titans in route to the 5 to 2 win in the Championship game. Brady Storer opened up the scoring on the power-play as his shot through traffic gave the Cats a 1 to 0 lead. Dalton Carter made it 2 to 0 minutes later as his snapper from the slot found the top shelf of the Titans net. Storer and Carter would each score in the 1st 4 minutes of the 2nd period to push the lead to 4 to 0. 1st Storer scored off a feed from Zach Felser on the power-play and then Carter scored of a nice cycle and give and go with linemattes Nick Laplante and Drew Crandall for a 4 to 0 lead. Undiscipline play led to a rash of penalties and the Titans scored near the end of the 2nd to close to within 3 after 2 periods of play. After a 2nd Titans goal in the 3rd, Sophomore Cody Estrel hit the empty net to end any thoughts of a comeback and give the Cats back to back league playoff championships. Phil Bowles stood strong in the nets and the Cats made it a perfect 7 and 0 vs their Catholic rivals St. Johns and St. Francis this season.
Northview will open up the State playoffs next Monday the 20th at 8 vs the winner of Maumee and Perrysburg in the 2nd round of the playoffs. The #1 seed Wildcats earned a 1st round bye. Tickets for all state playoff games are $7 for students and adults.