Cats humbled vs Knights as they split a pair over the weekend

by Coach Elliott on January 28, 2008

The Northview Wildcats were knocked off their high horse this past Friday as the St. Francis Knights scored 6 unanswered goals to route the Cats 6-1.

Northview got on the board first as Brandon Snead scored on a 2-on-1 pass from Carter Bourland to give the Cats a 1-0 lead. St. Francis would even the game on the power play minutes later and score what would be the game winner in the last minute of the first period on a tip-in to take a 2-1 lead to intermission. The second period was back and forth with both teams getting some quality chances. With the Cats poised to tie the game on a 5-on-3 power play the Knights stole the momentum. St. Francis scored a short handed goal near the end of the power play to increase their lead to 3-1 after 2 periods of play. Northview battled to start the 3rd, but a St. Francis goal increased the lead to 4-1 and took the life from the Cats. St. Francis would add 2 more for the final.

The next morning the Cats had to try and rebound versus Mt. Lebanon from Pennsylvania. Carter Bourland, Mark Hall and Tyler Cook scored to provide enough offense. However it was Craig Trego who stole all the glory. The shutout victory was his 63rd win and 15th shutout of his career, both all-time records at Northview. Rocky Muszinski, 1982, held the previos record of 62 wins, while Bob McElheney from 2006 held the old record of 14.5 shutouts. Congratulations Craig!

Northview still controls their own destiny in the league. With 3 games remaining this weekend Northview could earn enough points to claim a 2nd league title in 3 years. The Cats will get a chance to redeem themselves Friday night against St. Francis at 7 P.M. If they are fortunate enough to win that game they must beat both SV on Saturday and BG on Sunday to claim the title. Good luck Cats!!

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