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November 29, 2005 > Santa Clara Valley Blackhawk News

Santa Clara Valley Blackhawk News


Midget 18U A (ages 18 and under)
Sunday, November 20

Blackhawks - 3, San Jose - 2

From the first drop of the puck to the final buzzer, the battle between the Santa Clara Blackhawks and the San Jose Jr. Sharks was a tense, exciting affair that went down to the wire. This time it was the Blackhawks who ended up on top, squeaking out a 3-2 win. These two teams have now met three times, with each team having won a 3-2 decision and with the other game ending up in a 2-2 tie. Santa Clara picked the right game to win, the first of three regular season meetings between these two archrivals. The Blackhawks' play was solid at both ends of the ice and between the pipes, where goaltender Devon Luna was on top of his game stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced.

Neither team was able to score in a first period that included one power play for each team. The Blackhawks carried the action however, out-shooting the Jr. Sharks in the opening stanza by a 10-4 margin. Santa Clara got on the board first when Patrick Castagna tucked his own rebound past the Sharks' goalie at 8:45 of the second period. Defenseman Nick Lavarias got the play started in his own by kicking the puck out of traffic and ahead to Brandon Shore. Shore's soft-touch pass off the boards led Castagna just right and he was off to the races, delivering a wrist shot that produced a fat rebound right back to him. San Jose tied the game on a howitzer of a slapshot while on the power play at 1:38.

With the score tied 1-1, the Blackhawks came right back to score two goals in thirty-six seconds. First, Nick Costa collected a cross-ice pass down low from Phillip Wong that he one-timed past the goalie at 0:25. Kyle Yedlicka, playing his first game of the year after returning from an injury, picked up the second assist on Costa's goal. Lightning struck twice for the Blackhawks when they lit the lamp again to open the third period. Patrick Castagna won the face-off at center ice back to Robert Kotval, who sent a sweet pass off the boards ahead to Vitto Gagliardi. Gagliardi rushed in down the right side of the ice, feeding the biscuit cross-ice to Brandon Shore who put the wood on it, twisting the twine at 14:49. San Jose managed to narrow the gap to 3-2 at 7:24, but Santa Clara's defense clamped down on the Sharks the rest of the way to preserve the win.

Peewee B (Ages 11-12)
Saturday, November 19

Blackhawks - 8, Santa Rosa - 1

The Santa Clara Blackhawks dominated from start to finish and beat the Santa Rosa Flyers decisively by a score of 8 to 1. Both the Blackhawks offense and defense worked well, passes were quick and accurate and the team was hungry to score goals. The team performed great overall, all players pulled their weight.

Forward Schuyler Krawczuk scored his first hat trick of the season in addition to two assists. Center Anthony Corini assisted four goals. Team captain Brandon Shank scored his first of the season and had three assists. Forward Oliver Takacsi-Nagy scored one goal and assisted two. Defense Adriana Durst was on the board with one goal and one assist. Forward Devin Corcoran assisted two goals, defenseman Jeffrey Hickey and forward Fletcher Krawczuk scored a goal respectively.

Goaltender Lauri Takacsi-Nagy played his first game as a Blackhawk and saved 13 of 14 shots.

The coaching staff was pleased with the team's performance. Assistant Coach Shawn Hickey, "What can I say? Great game."

Peewee B (Ages 11-12)
Sunday, November 20 in Dublin

Blackhawks - 1, Tri Valley - 8

Well, perhaps the best thing to do about this game is to forget it and move on. But wait; maybe there is a lesson to learn here. One disappointed parent suggested showing a DVD of this game to the Blackhawks players every time they want to watch TV.

So what happened? The Blue Devils started strongly playing physical and showing determination. The Blackhawks on the other hand got confused by the aggressiveness of their opponent and played light years away from their true ability. Missing passes was more of the rule than the exception. The Blackhawks could not hold their zone and as a result they gave up several goals from odd-man rushes. The Santa Clara team got several avoidable penalties including two from a too many men on ice situation. Unfortunately, the Tri Valley team was effective and could score twice on their power play.

The lone Blackhawks goal was scored in the third period by center Anthony Corini assisted by forward Devin Corcoran.

Both Blackhawks goalies played in this difficult game and they faced a large number of shots. Goaltender Tyler Martz started in Santa Clara's goal and stopped 22 of 27 shots. When six minutes was left from the second period goalie Lauri Takacsi-Nagy came in and played for the rest of the game. Lauri stopped 21 of 24 shots.

Needless to say that the Blackhawk coaching staff was disappointed with the team's performance. Assistant Coach Shawn Hickey, "We will get them next time."

Midget 16UA (Ages 16 and under)
Wednesday, November 23
Blackhawks Mid16 A - 4, San Jose Mid16 A2 - 1

Thursday, November 24
Blackhawks Mid16 A - 9, San Diego Gulls Mid16 A - 1

Friday, November 25
Blackhawks Mid16 A - 6, Inland Valley Mid16 A - 1

Saturday, November 26
Blackhawks Mid16 A - 5, Roseville Mid16 A2 - 3

Peewee AA (Ages 11-12)

Thursday, November 24
Blackhawks - 8, Portland Jr. Hawks - 0

Thursday, November 24
Blackhawks - 5, Phoenix Firebirds - 0

Friday, November 25
Blackhawks - 6, Vancouver Jr. Pioneers - 0

Friday, November 25
Blackhawks - 1, Beach City Lightning - 1

Next scheduled games at Sharks Ice in Fremont are:

Sunday, Dec. 4
10:30 a.m.
Blackhawks Mid A vs. Santa Rosa Mid A

Sunday, Dec 4
8:45 a.m.
Blackhawks Squirt A vs. Tri Valley Blue Devils

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