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Louisville 1, MIAMI of OHIO 4 (SATURDAY)
Saturday the Cards travelled north to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Miami Redhawks. Miami, a perenial national title contender, would come out hot early, peppering Nick Nuss in net with 18 shots in the first period, eventually finding the back of the net to put Miami up 1-0. Billy Kawam would answer for the Cards in the second, driving to the net and lifting one in tight top shelf over the Redhawk netminder to tie the game up. Despite being outshot considerably, the Cards took to the ice in the third period tied up with Miami 1-1. The Redhawks, however, would finally put the Cards away with two quick goals in the first minute of the third period to go up 3-1. Louisville was unable to mount much of an offensive attack for much of the game, and Miami would tack on a power play goal with five minutes remaining to make the final 4-1.
(Coach Brian Graham, on the game) "I know the guys were disappointed with the result and our showing in this game. This was a real opportunity to beat a top team in the nation and we really didn't put our best foot forward tonight. Miami had alot to do with that...they are one of the best teams we will see all year, but we need to learn how to play in these games. We now know where we stand against the best and will get back to work in practice to fix our defeciencies so we are better able to compete next time we see these guys."
LOUISVILLE 9, Cincinnati 3
Friday night the Cards hosted the Cincinnati Bearcats in a TSCHL conference matchup. Louisville would jump out to a quick 3-0 lead on goals from Billy Kawam, Yannis Soukas, and Mike Klyczek. Cincinnati would not go away quietly though, answering with 2 goals near the end of the first to go into the locker room only down 3-2.
Five minutes into the third period the Bearcats would tie the game at three, however, the tie would be short lived as Jerome Schlaff, Conner Brochu, and Billy Kawam would score three straight goals to put the Cards back up by three after the second period.
The third period would be a penalty filled affair, as frustrations would mount from the visiting team over Louisville's aggressive and physical play. Conner Brochu and Yannis Soukas would both add their second goals of the night, and Billy Kawam would finish off his hat trick with a short handed solo effort. Trevor Beck got the win in net for the Cards, and the win kept Louisville in first place in the conference with a 3-0 mark.
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