Cats play well over holidays

by Coach Elliott on January 4, 2010

The Wildcats traveled to the St. Ignatius Holiday Tournament just after Christmas and performed very well making it to the Championship game before losing to Culver Military Academy.

In the First Game Northview took on Culver in Round Robin play. Drew Korn got the Cats going with a 1st Period goal for a 1-0 lead. Ryan LaPlante scored his first career goal off a great pass from Kyler Omey to extend the lead to 2-0 after 1 period of play. Aaron Booth and Zach Felser pushed the lead to 4-0 with second period goals before Culver scored on the power play. Mark Hall scored while shorthanded in the third to give the Cats a 5-1 win. Austin Gryca played well in the nets stopping 16 shots in the win.

The next morning the Cats took on then #1 state ranked St. Ignatius.  Goals were hard to come by in this penalty filled game.  25 Minor penalties were called, but neither team was able to take advantage. After 3 periods of play and a 5 minute overtime the teams ended in a 0-0 tie.  Junior Matt Stevenson played very well stopping all 41 Ignatius shots for the shutout.

That evening the Cats took on Gilmour Academy. Jon Mancy opened up the scoring getting his first career goal to stake the Cats to an early 1-0 lead. Booth, Tyler Harding and Dalton Carter would all score to give the Cats a rather easy 4-1 win. Gryca Stopped 14 of 15 shots for the win.

With the 2 wins and a tie the Cats had earned enough point for a chance to play for the championship against Culver. The Cats jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Mancy’s second goal in two games and held the lead until late in the 2nd period, However Culver would score late in the second and early in the third for a 2-1 lead. With the Cats pressing and just missing with about 2 minutes left Culver put it away with a goal at the 1:21 mark of the third and then an open net goal just a minute later for the final 4-1.

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