Cats Frozen Four bound after 7-1 win

by Coach Elliott on March 8, 2010

The Northview Wildcats are headed back to the State Frozen Four after defeating the Findlay Trojans this past Saturday @ Tam-o-Shanter by a final score of 7-1 in the District final. This marks the 8th trip for the Wildcats, also finalist in 76,81,82,86,87,90 & 2006, who are searching for their 1st state title after 4 runner-up finishes most recently an overtime loss in the title game in 06′.

Sophomore Zach Felser got the Cats rolling with the first 2 goal of the game. First he picked up a loose puck in the slot and beat Findlay Goalie Travis Friar on the backhand then he convereted off a rush from his own end for a 2-0 lead. Another Sophomore Kyler Omey made it 3-0 with just about 3 minutes left in the opening period as his point shot deflected into the upper corner off a Findlay defender. The Cats limited Findlay to just 2 shots in the opening frame.

Findlay did a much better job on defense in the 2nd period, but Ryan LaPlante found Tyler Harding streaking from the bench on a line change for a goal near the end of the period for a 4-0 lead after 2.

Senior Mark Hall would score for the 3rd straight game early in the 3rd for a 5-0 lead before Findlay Broke up Austin Gryca’s bid for a shutout and a 5-1 Cats lead. Senior Anthony Holley  restored the 5 goal cushion minutes later with a breakaway goal and Aaron Booth would finish off a nice individual effort for the final margin.

The win was the 10th in a row for the Cats and propels them into the State Semi-final next Saturday @ 1 in Columbus at Nationwide Arena Northview will face Dublin Coffman in the Semi with University School and St. Ignatius playing in the other semi @ 10:30.

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