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February 9-10, 2013. The Cards traveled to Athens, OH this past weekend and got a step up in competition when they took on the Ohio U Bobcats in a pair of games. Friday night Louisville spotted Ohio a 4-1 lead after the first period with the lone goal coming from Mike Klyczek. The rest of the game was played pretty evenly as UL would add another goal from Klyczek as well as one each from Justin Martinell and Dylan Van Holtz. Final score would end 9-4 in the Bobcats’ favor. Saturday afternoon Louisville would again jump on Ohio early with a quick strike from Van Holtz. However, the Cards would once again surrender the brief lead after 3 goals from the Bobcats. Nick Frederick would put one home before the first period ended to trim the lead to 3-2. The second period was a back and forth battle filled with penalties that neither team could take advantage of resulting in a scoreless second. Ohio would score twice in the 3rd before Van Holtz added his second of the night on a late power play. Unfortunately it was too little, too late, and the Cards would fall for the second consecutive game 5-3.
February 2-3, 2013. This past Friday the Cards traveled to Knoxville for a weekend series against the University of Tennessee Ice Vols. On Friday the Cards came out of the gate scoring early and often, and led the Vols 5-0 after two periods. UofL goals came from Ryan MacDonald, Jake Bland, Nick Frederick, and two from Justin Martinell. This score came despite shots between the two teams being relatively even. The coaches challenged the Cards during the second intermission to outshoot the Vols handily in the third, to which the team responded. The final tally on the night left Louisville on top 10-0. The following night, however, would welcome a lesson in what happens when you don’t bring your focus every game. Once again the Cards jumped on Tennessee early and exited the first period with a 3-0 lead. Costly penalties, ejections, and poor play in the second would leave UofL trailing 4-3 going into the third. Credit Tennessee for continuing to take the play to Louisville in the final period, adding two more goals and blanking the Cards for a second straight period to pull off the stunning upset. Next up, Louisville travels to Athens, Ohio this coming weekend to take on the Ohio University Bobcats in a pair of games. They then travel to Lexington on Friday the 15th to play rival University of Kentucky before returning home Saturday the 16th to host UK.
November 9, 2012. This past weekend the Cards took on the Vanderbilt Commodores in a pair of games played in Louisville. After being swept on the road last year by a tough Vandy team, the Cards knew they would be in for a battle. Both teams played back and forth until Louisville eventually found the back of the net on a Justin Martinell goal. The Cards would tack on two additional goals by Hunter Shacklette and Dylan Van Holtz before the second intermission and would appear to have the game in hand after holding the Commodores scoreless to that point. Vanderbilt, however, had other plans. After watching UL put up one more early third period goal to extend their lead, Vanderbilt went to work while the Cards went to the penalty box. One after another, Louisville players took unnecessary penalties and continued to watch as Vandy started digging into the lead. Louisville was saved from losing the game in regulation by the net being knocked off a matter of inches with under a minute to play. After killing off two minutes of a five minute major left over from regulation, both teams would play to a 4-4 draw following OT. Vandy would go on to win the shootout 2-1 and give the Cards their first shootout loss of the season.
November 10, 2012. After what was obviously the low point of the Cards’ season thus far the night before, Louisville showed up Saturday with something to prove to themselves. Saturday would see the Cards take only three minor penalties, a stark contrast from the 25 minutes that were put up on Friday. Consequently they took a 4-2 lead to the locker room after the first period and never looked back. Just about everyone would get in on the scoring, with the line of Boyce, Van Holtz, and Afanasyev accounting for 5 goals and 8 points on the night. Hunter Shacklette would have one of his finer games of the season with two goals and an assist. And a strong weekend all around from the Valvano, Kuypers, and Klyczek trio. The final tally would be a 9-2 victory for the Cards, giving them an overall record of 9-9-0-1 on the year.
October 27, 2012. On Saturday Indiana would come out looking for revenge after the tight loss the previous night. Once again Louisville would get on the board first when Langrieger fed Alex Boyce, who then fed Van Holtz for the Cards first tally of the evening. John Hensley would put the Cards on top 2-0 shortly thereafter, popping in his own rebound and finally getting out of his goal scoring slump. IU would notch one in the 2nd to close within a goal, then Jake Bland would quickly answer with a rocket from the top of the circle after some gritty forechecking and feed from Nick Valvano. Leading 3-1 in the third, the Cards would surrender a 5 on 3 power play goal to Indiana, then hang on late for the 3-2 victory. Langrieger would be impressive in net again, turning away 47 of 49 shots in the win.
October 26, 2012. This past weekend the Cards renewed their yearly rivalry with the Indiana Hoosiers. Louisville jumped on them early with a goal by Nick Frederick. Shortly thereafter Justin Martinell would put the Cards up by 2 after a give and go with Frederick. The scoring would stop for Louisville after Mike Ramsay netted a breakaway goal with under 30 seconds left in the first to put the Cards up heading into the break. Indiana would fight back in the third, tying the score at 3. Louisville killed a five minute major penalty to finish the game and the two teams would then play to a scoreless tie in overtime. In the three man shootout, Frederick led off the Cards with a goal then watched as Indiana answered. The second participants for each team would then miss. Dylan Van Holtz would then give himself a birthday gift by scoring the final goal of the shootout and handing the Cards a victory with the shot. Sean Langrieger would shine in replacing starting netminder Kyle Burdorf late in the game, killing off the five minute major and stopping IU in the shootout.
October 19-20, 2012. Your Louisville Cardinals play host this weekend to border rival Indiana Hoosiers. The two teams split the regular season series last year in two close contests. We encourage all our supporters to come out October 26, Friday night at 10 pm and October 27, Saturday night at 7pm. The Saturday game will be a “Halloween Theme” night, so fans can rock their costumes to the arena. We will hold a costume contest and hand out prizes for some of the best. Be sure to get to the rink early and get loud while rooting on the Cards! Look forward to seeing everyone there!
October 12, 2012. The Cards return home this weekend after two consecutive weeks on the road. Louisville competed two weeks ago in the ACHA Division 2 Showcase in Washington, DC, which is a tournament that gathers some of the top teams in the country. The home team put up a good fight in all three games, going 1-2 on the weekend and showing they can compete with some of the best the league has to offer. Last week saw the Cards travel to Dayton for two games against Wright State. On Friday night the team was in an early hole and fought back to tie it late, however, the Raiders scored last to take home the win. Saturday Louisville came looking to revenge the previous night’s loss, however, after taking an early 2-1 lead, started parading to the penalty box and eventually fell for the second consecutive game. The team now holds a record of 4-7 and looks to get back on track this weekend against a strong Davenport squad from Michigan.