Cats lose for first time at Kent State

by Coach Elliott on January 5, 2012

The Wildcats saw their unbeaten string end in the 17 game as they fell to Dublin Jerome 4 to 2 in the Warrior shootout at Kent State University. Prior to that the Cats had defeated Walsh Jesuit and Hamilton South East from Indianapolis and tied Hudson 4 to 4.

In the 1st game the Cats got off to a strong start versus host Walsh Jesuit.  3 Power-play goals and a shorthanded effort carried the Cats to a 6 to 0 win. Dalton Carter and Cody Estrel each recorded a pair of goals and Zach Felser and Nick Laplante each scored in the win. Phil Bowles notched his 3rd shutout of the season in goal.

The next morning the Cats took on Hudson. Down early 2 to 0 and losing senior goaltender Austin Gryca the Cats clawed their way back to salvage a 4-4 tie. Carter, Estrel, Brady Storer and Jacob Koback all scored, but the penalty kill unit faltered for the 1st time all season as the Explorers scored 3 power-play goals.

That evening the Cats took on Hamilton Southeast from Indy. Though they out-shot Hamilton by a 3 to 1 margin they only managed 3 goals in the 3 to 0 shutout win. Estrel scored for the 3rd straight game and Freshman Ian Clement and Junior Drew Crandall also lit the lamp in the win. Bowles picked up his 2nd shutout of the tournament.

In the last game a sluggish Wildcat effort along with inspired play from Dublin lead to the Cats 1st loss of the season. Drew Crandall was the lone bright spot as his pair of goals were not enough as the offense continued to struggle in the 4 to 2 defeat.

The Wildcats have an off week before hitting the road for back to back weekends. 1st the Cats will hit Chicago for the 1st time in program history before heading to Indianapolis for a pair of games the following weekend.  They will return home the last weekend of January for a pair of league games. On Friday night January 27th the Cats will take on St. Johns at 7  followed by a 6 O’clock game Saturday the 28th versus Findlay on Senior night.

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