Cats open up league play with wins over S.J and Findlay

by Coach Elliott on December 7, 2009

The Northview WIldcats got a good start in the chase for the Northwest Hockey Conference with home wins against St. Johns and Findlay.

On Friday night the Cats took on the Titans. In the first meeting since thier double overtime thriller in last years district final . The Cats jumped on top with a pair of 1st period goals. Drew Korn opened the scoring  converting from a nice assist from Dalton Carter. Nolan Culver pushed the lead to 2-0 with a break away goal minutes later. Culver had earlier been denied on a break away.

The Titans closed to within 1 in the second period after a sloppy line change by the Cats lead to a break away goal.  The Cats would answer with 2 goals just over a minute apart to take a 4-1 lead after 2 periods. First Zack Felser hit for his 1st career goal and then Culver added his second of the game.

Sj. Johns closed to 4-2 with a third period goal, but Aaron Booth hit the empty net for the final, 5-2. Austin Gryca earned the win with some quality saves.

 

Saturday night the Cats took on Findlay. The trojans gave St. Francis all they could handle on Friday night in a 4-3 defeat and came to give the Cats payback for their defeat in last years state playoffs.

Drew Korn again got the Cats rolling off a very similar play from Dalton Carter. Aaron Booth and Nolan Culver kept up thier fine early season play with 2nd period goals to push it to 3-0, and Carter scored an insurance goal in the 3rd.  That was all Matt Stevenson needed to earn the shutout win.

 

The Cats head to Cleveland over the Holidays for 2 Tournaments. This weekend they go to the Padua Invitational and after Christmas they head back for  a Tournament with host St. Ignatius.

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