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Standings and Practice Schedule
NORCAL standings and our practice schedule are posted on this webpage. Scroll all the way to the bottom...
Welcome to the home page for the Cougars 2005/06 Midget 18A team.
We'll be at
CAMPO DI BOCCE on Sunday, May 21st from 1-4 pm, for a bocce tournament, munchies, pizza and fun! If you RSVP'd
yes, check your email for directions and more information.
It was a heartbreaking finish to our fun year. You've been an awesome group of kids, colorful trio of coaches
and a great group of parents. Thank you all for your cooperation, help and memorable moments. It's been
a great ride!
Our CONGRATULATIONS to the Cougar Bantam B team on their STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
SC Blackhawk PeeWee AA team on their NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP titles. It's always exciting when the local teams do well.
Summer Programs - The Cougars Summer programs are back, and they're a great way to
stay sharp during the off-season. Click here for
Tryouts for next year's team will be held after Labor Day. For planning purposes, they will be held between Friday, 9/8 and Sunday, 9/17.
The Hok'e Fe-nat'ik was last with us at home in Feb...
The Playoff Run
by The Hok'e Fe-nat'ik
Feb. 25, 2006
We're back at home in San Mateo, California, where the temperature reading has more than one
digit, and there's no negative in front of it.
The California Cougars swept the competition in Denver, Colorado last weekend, and the
championship trophy made its way to San Mateo. Now it's time to concentrate on Norcal and the
Midget "A" standings. The Cougars are only a few points out of the playoffs. Today's game
against the visiting Santa Rosa Flyers would be pivotal in making a run at the midpack teams.
Four out of five teams will be fighting for three playoff spots. That gives the Cougars some
hope. Now,… "Just Win Baby"!
The Cougars had anticipated having a short bench for this game. Alex Ochowicz is
resting on doctors orders after the concussion in Colorado. The Kiaski brothers were questionable
with Kyle nursing an elbow injury and Kevin battling the flu. Stephen-Paul Stichler
would be serving a game suspension. Brad Cecil's run at the CCS wrestling championship could possibly
preempt his attendance.
As the home team took the ice, it was announced that only Ocho and Stich were not going to play.
The Kiaski Connection was on the ice and would give what they could for the team, and Brad Cecil
made it to the game right at the start. Now let's play hockey.
The first period started with the Cougars on the penalty kill early. Being down a skater did not
affect the play of two of the top penalty killers as Ryan Glowniak skated in on the far boards and found
Stephen Paulazzo across the ice and sent him a pass that landed on the blade of Stephen's stick.
Paulazzo crosses through the low slot and waited just long enough for the Flyer goalie to overcommit
and slipped a backhand shot. Keisuke Teeple gets a stick on it, and it's into the net.
Score Cougars 1 - Flyers 0
The first period ended with the Cougars managing 10 good scoring opportunities to only 2 by the Flyers.
The Cougars were already controlling the game as the frustration set in for the visitors from Santa Rosa.
The second period started with the Cougars again on the penalty kill. As the penalty ended, Kenzo Nakamura
flew off the bench and into the play, picked up a loose puck and flung (see Websters dictionary) a nice pass to Stephen
Fragoza, who fired it at the net where Ryan Glowniak was waiting to tip in the second Cougar goal of the game.
Score Cougars 2 - Flyers 0
The Flyers were finally able to muster some offense and take advantage of a Cougar penalty, getting a few scoring
chances in the middle of the second period. The Santa Rosa team was able to keep the puck in the Cougar zone for
almost 3 minutes, but the Cougar "D" came up with some big plays and Caleb Murray made several great kick
saves to fend off the Flyer attack.
Then another Cougar penalty would put the San Mateo boys on a man disadvantage. Caleb Murray was again
called upon to save the day as a breakaway opportunity and a two-on-one by the Flyers spelled certain doom for Murray
and defenseman Jake Griswold. Griswold cut off the passing lane and the Flyer puck carrier moved in on
Murray, but his two deeks and low post shot was turned away by another great kick save.
The penalties ended, and the Cougars were able to stave off the brief advances of the Flyers and go back on the attack
with the Kiaski Connection setting up a breakout play. Kevin got the puck out off the boards to Kyle who
skated in over the blue line. Kyle got a shot off which bounced off the leg pads of the Flyer goalie and rebounded
out to where Matt Adams picked up the puck and sent it back in on the net. The puck dropped in front of the net, where
Matt Hopper poked in a goal and extended the Cougar lead.
Score Cougars 3 - Flyers 0
The Flyers got a quick start in the third period after their one minute break, but a glove save by Caleb Murray ended
their brief scoring chance, and the Cougars were set to go on the offensive. Again it was Kyle Kiaski skating
over the blue line, but this time he did not shoot. He found Matt Hopper trailing just above the high slot and slid a
pass over to him. Hopper buried his second goal of the game and raised a commanding fist to the sky.
Score Cougars 4 - Flyers 0
The ensuing faceoff was won by the Flyers and drawn back into their defensive zone. Stephen Paulazzo applied some
forecheck pressure, and the Flyer defender misplayed his pass right off of Paulazzo's skate. Paulazzo picked up
the puck, skated through the low slot and waited for the goalie to overcommit before he popped in goal number five of the night.
Score Cougars 5 - Flyers 0
With the game under control, Coach Hathaway instituted his trap defense, and it worked perfectly. The Flyers tried to
work the breakout, but Stephen Paulazzo again applied the forecheck pressure at the blue line and poke-checked the puck
back into the zone. He skated in along the boards and passed the puck back behind the net where Ryan Glowniak was waiting.
Glowniak skated the puck out to the far circle where he whipped around and wristed a shot to the far post where Keisuke
Teeple moved in and applied the finishing tip in.
Score Cougars 6 - Flyers 0
With the Cougars playing the trap, Santa Rosa was finding it difficult to work the puck, and we experienced some deja-vu
as Kyle Kiaski again found Matt Hopper working the slot and saucered a pass that Matt made short-time of to
complete his hat trick.
Score Cougars 7 - Flyers 0
With 5 minutes left to go in the game, Coach Hathaway made the classy move and instructed his players that there was to be
no more shooting. At this point, Santa Rosa's only response was to get chippy and take a few unnecessary shots at the Cougar
skaters. With about a minute left in the game, Hathaway rescinded his no shooting policy, and the Cougars responded
with half a dozen shots on the weary Flyer goalie.
The shot count said it all as the Cougars outshot the Flyers 38-15. Welcome home Cougars. Hope
you saved some of those goals for the Oakland Bear game tomorrow.
Midget 18A Final 2005/06 Standings
|bax-Santa Clara Blackhawks
|x-San Jose Jr. Sharks
|x-Tri-Valley Blue Devils
|Santa Rosa Flyers
x - Qualified for NORCAL Championships
a - NORCAL Champions
b - CAHA Champions
Tuesday at Bridgepointe
7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Thursdays at Bridgepointe
9:15 PM to 10:15 PM
(combined with Midget 16A team)
After ice every Tuesday
8:00 PM on Thursdays
6:45 PM every Tuesday
Rotational Ice Slot at Bridgepointe
8:00 PM on assigned Mondays