3 victories put the Cats in the district final!

by Coach Elliott on February 25, 2008

The Wildcats are 1 win a way from a 2nd trip to the State final four in 3 years after a 4-1 win over St. Johns Saturday night at Tam-O-Shanter. Northview will take on St. Francis on Saturday night at 7 in the district final.

Northview opened up the state playoffs with the Start Spartans. 10 different goal scorers led the Cats to a 10-0 win. Shane Molnar, Evan Parr, Drew Jackson, Anthony Holley and Jordan Jones all picked up their first goals of the season in the win. Cody Ramm made 3 saves for the shutout.

The Southview Cougars came knocking in the 2nd round on Thursday night. After a scoreless opening period the Cats flexed some muscle. Carter Bourland deflected home a nice pass from Tyler Puhl for a 1-0 lead, and then Tyler Cook took over. His tenacious forecheck and work in the corners led to 2 goals to push the lead to 3-0. Bourland would score 2 more for a Hat trick and Anthony Holley and Shane Wheatley got into the action for the decisive 8-1 win. Craig Trego returned to the nets after a 3 game break to earn the victory.

Saturday night the Cats hosted St. Johns in the district semi-finals. Brandon Snead has been a go to guy all year and he got his team going in this one early. He blocked a shot to set up his own break away to give the Cats a 1-0 lead just 42 seconds into the contest. Tyler Puhl’s great individual effort made it 2-0 after 1 period of play. He gathered a loose puck as the Titans were making a line change and skated end to end before roofing a back hand shot over the shoulder of St. Johns goalie Steven Schmitt.

The Second period the Cats stretched the lead to 3-0 on the power play. With former Wildcat George Wilkinson in the box Brandon Snead scored his 2nd of the game from the left circle. Northview let the Titans back into the game under a minute later. Ray Morris found some room down the right side and beat Craig Trego to the short side to cut the Cats lead to 3-1. Northview would answer however with another power play goal to push the lead back to 3 at 4-1. Brandon Snead set up a nice back door pass to Eamonn Reynolds who made no mistake slamming it into the back of the Titans net for the final margin of victory.

The Cats played a solid defensive third period to protect the lead and skate into the district finals.

Tickets for Saturdays game will be on sale at Northview throughout the week. Get them early as this game may sell out. Congratulations Cats and good luck!

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