By Mark Jurgena, Reporter
The Collinsville club hockey team worked their way to a win and a tie in last weeks action.
In a November 19th contest against Alton, the Kahoks had the better of the play for most of the game but needed to kill a penalty the final 48 seconds of the game to earn a 2-2 tie.
In those final seconds Jakob Schreiber made a great play to clear the puck from in front of the net and with 12 seconds left goalie Carter Elmore made his 23rd and final save to secure one point for Collinsville.
The Kahoks spent the first period dominating play through aggressive forechecking and short shifting their lines in and out of the game.
“The first period I thought we came out flying and did everything we needed to do. The games we’ve done well in and came out on top we’ve thrown a lot of pucks to the net, not just pucks at the net we throw bodies to the net. In the Alton game I don’t think we threw enough bodies to the net. There were a lot of rebounds out there, we just didn’t capitalize on them,” said coach Ryan Shea.
With 8:31 to play in the 1st period, Nathan Austin got the Kahoks out front with a goal but Alton answered back at the 7:15 mark in the first on a goal from Shawn Grizzle.
Despite the Kahok offensive it took a sprawling save by Elmore with 40 seconds to play in the period to keep it a 1-1 game.
In the 2nd, Collinsville had to kill off a penalty. Elmore led the way with two saves, but he also benefited from great defense and forechecking.
“As far as our PK, when we ice the puck we want to have as much pressure as we can on the puck. As long as you have outrageous pressure on the puck it forces the other team to do things they don’t want to do,” said Shea.
However with only 1:09 remaining in the 2nd, Alton scored off a face-off on a goal by Zachary Carter.
After the intermission, the Kahoks would score 21 seconds into the 3rd on a goal by Schreiber.
“I thought we had control, I thought we had tempo we just couldn’t score and then Schreiber scored and I thought ‘okay here we go we’re going to break something open,’ and it just didn’t happen. Caleb Vitali played amazing, he’s a good goalie and Alton did a good job of clearing pucks away from their net because we didn’t put any traffic in front. It’s a live and learn situation,” said Shea.
The Kahoks got assists from Joel Arnold, Grant Goodson and David Nappier
Collinsville 12 EAWR 0
On November 21st the Kahoks scored seven goals in the first to pound the Oilers 12-0 at Granite City.
Zachary Alberico, Connor Bush, and Nicholas Garofalo all scored two goals.
Austin, Goodson, David Bennett, D’Maio Edwards, Aloysiuis Padgett and Alexander Stenger scored goal as well.
Austin, Nappier and Schreiber all had two assists.
Arnold, Bennett, Bush, Garofalo, Brent Ledbetter, Jakob Bolandis, Peyton Smith and Kody Watts all had an assist.
Jacob Zagorski had the shutout in goal.
The Kahoks finished the week at 4-2-1 with nine points. That tied them with Kirkwood (Mo.) Vianney and Granite City for 3rd in the standings.
“I’m happy with where we are. I think the team is playing more of a team game and each game is getting better and better,” Shea said.