Cats struggle to find consistency over the Holidays

by Coach Elliott on December 30, 2008

The Wildcats traveled to Cleveland twice during the holiday season and were greeted by some very good competition. As a result the Cats managed just 3 wins in the 8 game road trip.

The first weekend the Cats traveled to the Padua Invitational. In the first game the Cats jumped out to a 3-1 lead on state power St. Edwards on 2 goals from Kyle Hymore and 1 from Matt Duvall. However St. Eds. stole the momentum with a short handed goal to close within 3-2 after 2 periods of play and then dominated the 3rd period for a 6 to 3 win.

The next morning the Cats took on University School. Northview has had good success against U.S. recently, but not on this day. 2 Early goals helped jump start the Preppers in the 5-0 shutout of the Cats.

That evening the Cats played host Padua. After giving up an early goal the Cats responded with the next 5 goals in the 5-2 win. Nolan Culver picked up the first 2 goals of his Northview career. His brother Nile also scored, on a penalty shot, along with Mark Hall and Duvall for the Cats. Austin Gryca made 11 saves for the win.

The Cats finished off pool play against Lake Catholic. Shane Wheatley, Tyler Harding and Josh Cole staked the Cats to a 3 to 1 lead after 1 period of play. A penalty mared 2nd period resulted in Lake Catholic stealing the momentum and the lead with 5 unanswered goals for a 6-3 lead after 2. The Cats tried to rally but the comeback fell short. Kyle Hymore and Nolan Culver scored 3rd period goals, but Lake skated away with the 7-5 win. The Cats, last years champs, limped home to Sylvania.

The next weekend the Cats traveled to the St. Ignatius invitational. They dismantled St. Charles in the first game 10-0. A host of Cats scored including Drew Korn’s career first in the win.

The next Morning nothing went right against host Ignatius. Jordan Jones accounted for the lone goal in the 6-1 loss. 2 solid periods went to waste as the Cats gave up 4 3rd period goals.

That evening with a chance to play Ignatius again in the championship game the Cats would have to get by Culver Military Academy. A great effort resulted in much of the same for the Cats. Nile Culver scored and the whole team played perhaps their best game of the season. However it was not enough as Culver pulled off the 2 to 1 win.

The Cats gave a less than stellar effort in the Consolation game versus St. Charles. Cody Ramm returned to the nets to earn the win in a 4-1 victory. Duvall scored a pair and Aaron Booth and Shane Wheatley also scored for the Cats.

Northview will return to league play as they travel to Findlay Friday night Jan. 2nd at 7 P.M.

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