Cats start fast then Fizzle in Padua

by Coach Elliott on December 20, 2010

The Wildcats started off great in the Padua Holiday Tournament this past weekend in Cleveland before falling in the final 2 games to finish the weekend with 2 wins and 2 losses. The Cats now sit with a record of 8-3-1 after the first 11 games of the season.

On Friday evening the Cats took on University School. After spotting the Preppers 2 1st period goals the Cats came out with a much better effort in the 2nd and 3rd periods for a 5 to 4 win. Senior Ryan Laplante got the ball rolling with a pair of goals just over 3 minutes apart early in the 2nd to tie the game at 2 and Drew Korn gave the Cats the lead 1 minute later off an assist from Connor Simon. University School would tie the game at 3 mid-way through the middle session. The Cats would earn the win in the 3rd as Nolan Culver and Aaron Booth each scored while the Cats were shorthanded for the win. Austin Gryca stopped 20 shots for the win.

The Next morning the Cats took on Lake Catholic. The Cats jumped out to an early 2 to 0 lead and never looked back in the 6 to 2 win. Culver and Junior Zach Felser eached scored a pair of goals and Dalton Carter and Korn chipped in with single markers for the Cats.  Junior Phil Bowles recorded 19 saves to pick up his 5th win on the season. The win pushed the cats streak to 7 in a row and put them into position for a berth in the Championship game.

That evening however the Cats would stumble in the same fashion as they did in their Thanksgiving Tournament to the same team. St. Eds all but eliminated any chance the Cats had at making the championship game and handed them their 2nd loss of the season 6 to 4. The Eagles jumped out to a 3 to 0 lead 1 minute into the 2nd period before Aaron Booth’s powerplay goal and Dalton Carter’s shorthanded goals brought the Cats to 3 to 2. However the Cats lost the momentum with 2 goals in 20 seconds by Ed’s to close out the 2nd period trailing 5 to 2. The score remained that way until the the 4:31 mark of the 3rd when Culver took a nice pass from Nick Laplante to give the Cats some life with a goal to clsoe to 5-3. Zach Felser made it 5-4 just over a minute later as the Cats never gave up. With the Cats on the powerplay and pressing hard several shots either just missed or hit the post. With the goalie pulled the Eagles would end the comeback effort hitting the net from 160 feet and handing the Cats their 2nd loss 6 to 4.

The next morning with the Cats all but eliminated they did not respond with a good effort. After Dalton Carter opened the scoring host Padua reeled off the games next 6 goals. Drew Korn kept his great weekend going with a pair of goals along with a goal from Culver to make it respectable but the Cats fell 7 to 4.

The losses ended a nice run of 7 straight wins and ruined what was a promising start to the weekend. The Cats will get back to work in preperation of the St. Ignatius Christmas Tourney next week back in Cleveland.

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