Cats defeat St. Johns for 3rd time to move into District Final!

by Coach Elliott on March 1, 2010

The Northview Wildcats found a way to defeat the St. Johns Titans for the 3rd time this season this past Saturday to earn a spot in the district finals with a hard fought 4-3 win at Tam-O-Shanter.

Mark Hall hit the eventual game winner early and the 3rd and Austin Gryca made 23 saves for the win. Hall’s goal came on his first shot with a brand new stick. He had broken his stick just before the 2nd intermission and scored just 51 seconds into the 3rd period after purchasing the new stick.

The game got off to a hectic start as 5 goals were scored in the 1st period as Northview led 3-2 after 1 period. Ryan Laplante scored off a rebound from Dalton Carter’s shot to give the Cats the lead mid-way through the opening frame. Zach Felser made it 2-0 with perhaps the prettiest goal of the season. After faking a shot and dragging the puck past a St. Johns defenseman Felser found the upper corner with a backhand shot to extend the Cats lead.  The Johnnies tied the game in a 13 second span near the end of the 1st, however Nolan Culver scored off a end to end rush on the power play with a coach Elliott inspired backhand under the crossbar and the Cats would never relinquish the lead.

The Cats will take on the winner of tonight other semi-final between Findlay and St. Francis on Saturday night at 7 @ Tam-O-Shanter. St. Francis and Findlay were originally scheduled for Friday Evening but were pushed back due to the weather.

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