Cats fall short of Goal at MLK Tourney

by Coach Elliott on January 15, 2006

The Wildcats traveled to Meadville Pennsylvania for the Martin Luther King Holiday Tournament this past weekend. They won three pool games versus Meadville, Bowling Green and Pittsburgh Central Catholic before losing to a strong Pennsylvania LaSalle team in the semis.
In the first game Friday night the Cats played Host Meadville. Alden Hirschfeld got the cats on the board with 2 consecutive goals on the same shift. Hirschfeld would score again to give the Cats a 3-0 lead with a power play goal in the second. Meadville would get on the board about a minute later to pull within 2 goals after 2 periods of play. Adam Thanasiu would add an Insurance goal in the third to finish off the Bulldogs 4-1. Erik Lavoy had a strong game with three helpers and Bobby McElheney picked up his 10th victory of the year with 12 saves.
On Saturday afternoon the Wildcats played familiar foe B.G. The Bobcats had no answers for the Cats in this one as they scored early and often in the 8-1 rout. Tim Hurst and Matt Cook lead the way with a pair of goals each. Cody Bourland, Kyle Hymore, Lavoy and Thanasiu added single markers in the win. Craig Trego played very well making 24 saves, many of them quality, to pick up his 9th Victory of the year.
That evening Northview would wrap up pool play against Pittsburgh C.C. Northview again struck first to take a 1-0 lead on a goal by Hirschfeld. Pittsburgh would answer with a goal to tie it at 1. The Cats would strike for 2 quick goals in a 25 second span to regain the lead on goals by Hurst and Bourland. Hirschfeld would add a single goal in the 2nd and 3rd for his second hat trick of the tourney to give the cats a 5-1 victory.
Three Victories put the Cats into the semi-finals versus Pennsylvania LaSalle. LaSalle would score first on the Power play to give them a 1-0 lead after 1 period of play. Northview played much better in the second and was able to even the score with just 12 seconds left in the period on a goal by Hirschfeld. The third period was back and forth with the Cats missing on several scoring opportunities. With 3:38 left in the game LaSalle would hit the game winner and eliminate the Wildcats 2-1. Northview out shot LaSalle 24-14 for the game, but dropped their overall record to 20-3-1.

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