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November 8, 2005 > Santa Clara Valley Blackhawk News

Santa Clara Valley Blackhawk News

Congratulations go out to two former Blackhawks: Cramer Hickey and Willie Matthews. Cramer played for the Blackhawks from 1985 - 1995 and was recently signed by the Fresno Falcons of the ECHL. Willie will be playing the upcoming season with the Capitol Thunder Jr. B team! Willie helped the Blackhawk Midget 18U-A team to two consecutive state championships with his solid play between the pipes.

The Santa Clara Valley Hockey Association is fielding seven teams for the 2005-06 Season. Support our local ice hockey club on their home ice in Fremont. Parking and admission is free!

Team News:

Midget 18U - A (ages 17-18)

(Oct 30) Energetic Exhibition Affair ends up in 2-2 Tie


Having played their first regular season game last weekend, the Blackhawks had to go back to training camp this weekend in their exhibition match against the San Jose Jr. Sharks. That might have been a cause for concern for both clubs. But these two teams seem to have no trouble getting up for each other and the result was a fast, furious, hard-hitting game that ended up in a 2-2 tie. Energy aside, the final result was frustrating for the Blackhawks, who clanked a few shots off the posts on their way to outshooting the Jr. Sharks 35-19. Santa Clara also had an apparent goal waived off by the officials after a quick whistle, and they failed to convert on a two-man advantage in the last 1:36 of the game. But on the positive side, the defense was generally solid throughout and the forwards were forechecking with authority in the teams' most physical performance of the year. The Blackhawks' penalty-kill unit was on top of its game today, stopping all four San Jose power plays, led by the efforts of Brandon Shore and Nick Lavarias. Devon Luna stopped 17 of 19 shots to earn the tie between the pipes.

Santa Clara rallied from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 in this contest. Patrick Castagna scored the team's first goal, grabbing the rebound off a shot by Kevin Brown, and then alertly lifting it up and over the goaltender's legpads from point-blank range. Brandon Shore also earned an assist on the play, his fourth straight game with at least one assist. San Jose regained the lead when a skater found an open lane in the middle of the ice, walking in to deliver the twine-twister at 7:18 of the third period. The Blackhawks then tied it back up just eight seconds later on a play that was made possible by the Blackhawks' tenacious forechecking. Phillip Wong chased down a Sharks' defenseman who barely had time to get off a pass before being drilled by Wong. The result was a weak pass that Mitch Venosta intercepted near the left faceoff dot. Venosta went top shelf with a hard wrister that glanced off the goaltender's facemask and connected with the top corner of the net. With the game knotted up, the Blackhawks continued to dominate the third period, and when San Jose picked up two minor penalties with 1:36 left to play, their chances looked good. But San Jose was able to ice the puck once, and then Santa Clara shot themselves in the foot with an icing call of their own with less than thirty seconds left to play.

Blackhawks - 2, San Jose - 2

Midget B (ages 17 - 18):

Midget 16U - A (ages 15 -16):

Peewee AA (ages 11 - 12):

For the upcoming 2005-06 season, the team will play at the AA level. Over the past two seasons, this team has won two Northern California and California State (CAHA) championships at the "A" level.

Peewee B (ages 11 - 12):
Squirt A (ages 9 - 10):
Saturday, November 12
2:15 p.m. Sharks Ice at Fremont
Blackhawks Squirt A2 vs. San Jose Squirt A
Squirt A2 (ages 9 - 10):

Santa Clara Valley Blackhawks
Sharks Ice at Fremont
44388 Old Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont
Phone: 510-623-7200

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