by Coach Elliott on March 7, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS NORTHVIEW WILDCATS 2011-12 NHC REGULAR SEASON, LEAGUE PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS and DISTRICT PLAYOFF CHAMPS!!!!!!!

 KOOPER CARTER AND AUSTIN GRYCA LEAD THE CATS INTO STATE FROZEN FOUR!!!

Northview celebrates with their trophy after defeating St. John's Jesuit 2-1 in their district championship at Tom-O-Shanter. The Wildcats will face Olentangy Orange in the state semifinals next weekend.

If you were taking bets on who would score the game-winning goal for the Wildcats in their district final game versus the St. Johns Titans this past Saturday many people would have guessed Carter, And they would have been right!! What they would not have been right on was it wasn’t Dalton Carter who scored but his Sophomore cousin Kooper who hit the game winner in the early stages of the 3rd period. The goal propeled the Cats into the state frozen four for the 2nd time in 3 years and 3rd time since 2006.

Kooper’s 1st career goal came with 10:55 left in the 3rd period and gave the Cats a 2 to 0 lead. Earlier Junior Nick Laplante staked the Cats to the 1 to 0 lead midway through the 1st period as he intercepted a cross ice pass before skating in and blasting a shot past St. Johns goalie Mike Barrett, who otherwise played a stellar game. Austin Gryca did the rest. The Senior allowed just 1 goal on a 5 on 3 disadvantage as the Cats made it a clean sweep of northwest Ohio in 2011-12 with the 2 to 1 win.  Northview’s team defense again played big. Led by the defensive group along with Gryca and Bowles the Cats surrendered just 1 goal in the district tournament and defeated the Titans for the 4th time this season. Northview has now allowed just 44 goals in the teams 33 games while moving to 29-1-3 overall.

The Cats will move on to Columbus to play Olentangy Orange on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the state semi-final. Olentangy was able to slip by Dublin Jerome 3 to 2 Saturday in the 4th overtime to claim their first ever trip to the frozen four. Northview will be making their 9th official trip and 10th trip overall. Tickets are on sale now at the School and available at the Nationwide ticket offices.

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