Icecats sweep Eagles, gear up for nationals

By Craig Degel
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 19, 1996

Gregory Harris
Arizona Daily Wildcat

Arizona forward Sam Battaglia tries to poke the puck away from Marquette defender Dan Korte. The No. 3 Icecats won 10-3 on Saturday, completing a two-game sweep. Arizona State visits Tucson this weekend.


Freshmen Jim Jolivette and Jeff Rice each tallied their first career goals as the No. 3 Icecats out-gunned No. 21 Marquette, 10-3, in front of 5,105 fans at the Tucson Convention Center on Saturday night.

That despite the fact starting goalie Joel Hilshey is still out with a hamstring pull, and forward Sam Battaglia is stuck playing a limited role due to a sore shoulder.

"The big thing is that we wanted to get through it without getting anybody injured," Icecat head coach Leo Golembiewski said.

Freshman Eric Holton took Hilshey's place for both games, including a 14-2 Icecat win Friday. The sweep moved Arizona to 21-6 on the year.

Holton faced 17 shots on Saturday night, but just three in an ugly third period that saw 98 minutes worth of penalties handed out.

Battaglia tallied the Icecats' first goal of the night at 1 minute, 26 seconds in the first period, but Golembiewski chose to sit him for the final two periods of the night.

Defenseman Jon Muntz made it 2-0 when he took the puck in the Golden Eagle end and skated around the goalie for the score at 6:50 in the first.

Two minutes later, Jolivette notched his first goal as an Icecat off an assist from Paul Juran.

Twenty-one seconds later, center Ben Ruston blew past the Marquette defensive unit for the score. Bob Maijka and Peter Scott got credit for the assists.

At that point, Marquette made a goalie change and brought in Matt Wulff, but Wulff didn't fair much better as the Icecats tallied yet another goal in the first period. This time it came from sophomore Ryan Rockabrand off assists from defensemen Mark Thawley and Joel Nussbaum.

A Marquette goal from Greg West made it 5-1 going into the first intermission.

Rice, a defenseman, tallied his first two assists as an Icecat off two second-period Geoff Neidenbach goals. Then with five minutes left in the third period, Rice added his first goal as an Icecat off a Ruston-Rockabrand assist combo.

"Night Train (Rice), he's a big kid. We're very pleased with Jeff," Golembiewski said.

Goals from Scott and Muntz completed the scoring for the Icecats. Chad Johnson and Chad Miller each scored third-period goals for the Golden Eagles.

The Icecats will close the regular season this weekend when state rival Arizona State visits the Tucson Convention Center.