November 9, 2013 By Trent Popp. Louisville hosted Aquinas for the second time in two days. The Cards lost the first game Friday night 4-3.
It only took a minute and 14 seconds before we saw the games first goal. The Cardinals struck first it was captain Justin Martinell who found the back of the net on a shot from distance. Louisville continued the pressure and was the more aggressive team to start this game. At the 10:24 mark in the 1st the Cards nearly went up 2-0 when they had a good effort that looked goal bound, if not for the net coming dislodged. The period ended with a mass of shot for each side was Aquinas was pushing for the tie before periods end. Neither team added a goal it was 1-0
The second period started with what looked like an own goal on Aquinas’ Justen Caudill, though Louisvilles John Hensley was in the area and may have got a touch on the puck on its way into the net. Whether it was an own goal or not the Cards took a 2-0 lead. At the 17:46 mark the Saints from Aquinas got a goal back it was a shot from distance that took a huge deflection off a Cards defender and got past Louisville keeper Kyle Burdorf to make it 2-1. Just 37 seconds later the Away side would score again this time it was a rebound goal for their Kyle Jansens, that tied the game at 2. For the second game in a row the Cardinals got a shorthanded goal, this time the provided was freshman Derek Piekarczyk. The Cardinals led 3-2 with 16 minutes left in the second. Seven minutes after the Cards regained the lead the Saints added their own shorthanded goal to tie the game back up at 3. Corey Griffel scored for the Saints when got the puck from a Louisville defender in front of the net for an easy finish. After the goal the Cards were given a penalty and were a man down, during the penalty the Saints got off 5 shots but couldn’t score on UofL keeper Burdorf. With 6:50 left in the period the Cardinal would gain the lead with another goal from Piekarczyk his second of the night.
The third period started with the Cardinals dominating the opening 10 minutes but where not able to get a goal. The rest of the 3rd would go back and forth but Louisville looked like the better team in the final period. Aquinas called a timeout with 1:52 to go still down a goal. The away side would pull their keeper and push number forward trying to get the equalizer. The Cardinals were about to hold on for a 4-3 win over he Saints.
November 8, 2013 By Trent Popp. The Louisville Cardinals welcomed the Aquinas College Saints (MI) to the Iceland Center Friday evening. The Saints entered the game with a record of 8-2, and are on a 4 game win streak. The Cardinals enter the contest with a record of 9-7-1 and have won their previous two.
Aquinas came out playing very well and seemed to control from the first drop of the puck. Louisville keeper Beck made some good saves early in this one keeping the game level until the 9:21 mark in the opening period. The Cardinals were at a 5on3 disadvantage when Aquinas’ senior Brent Steele found the back of the net, only 11 seconds after the Cards sent their second player to the penalty box. Louisvilles Derek Piekarczyk almost tied the game up when he got free in the open ice, but put his shot just wide. Louisville again went down 2 men at the 8:27 point and 14 seconds later the away side doubled their lead. This time it was Aquinas’ Jimmy McDonagh. Each team would have a few chances to end the first period, but the score would stay 2-0 Aquinas.
The second period started with each side having a man in the penalty box. Louisville came out in the second period playing much better than they did in the first. Aquinas received a penalty 5 minutes into the period, during the power play the Cards got off 4 shots but couldn’t put it past AC keeper Sean Schmeiser who played a good game. Each side was given 2 penalties and we were playing 3on3 at the 11:07 mark. AC brought a man back on which gave them a 4on3 advantage. Louisvilles Alex Boyce got the puck near mid ice and took it into the attacking third where he was able to get a shot off, it was a shorthanded goal for the Cardinals making it a one-goal game. With just over 4 minutes to go in the second period the Saints had a breakaway that looked like it would provide their third goal of the evening but the shot went off the post. The 2nd would end 2-1.
The final period was full of excitement even though Louisville had been playing from behind the whole game they didn’t think they were out of this one yet. Just a minute and a half into the period Aquinas added to their lead with a goal from Cody Edwards, who was left open on the backside for an easy finish. 3-1. Less than a minute later the away side added another goal making it 4-1, Louisville was down a man for a tripping penalty. Two minutes after going down by 3 Louisvilles Nolen Matsen scored an improbable goal while the Cards were shorthanded 4vs3. Nolen went against two AC defenders and took a shot from distance that found the top corner, making it a 2-goal game. Louiseville continued to pressure the AC defense and were able to put in another goal. The late rally wouldn’t be enough for the Cardinals to get the win. Aquinas held on for a 4-3 win, dropping the Cards to 9-8-1.
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