Icecats sweep No. 4 Iowa St.

By Craig Degel
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 16, 1996

Benjamin W. Biewer
Arizona Daily Wildcat

The puck stops here for Arizona's Kevin Oztekin and two Iowa State players in Friday's 8-5 Icecat win. With three assists the next night, Oztekin helped his team sweep the No.4 Cyclones


For the second straight weekend, the Arizona club hockey team faced an opponent ranked in the top 10 and came away looking like the team to beat come tournament time in March.

The No. 6 Icecats (13-3) defeated the fourth-ranked Iowa State Cyclones in convincing fashion last weekend with a 9-2 win on Saturday at the Tucson Convention Center. For the Icecats it was their sixth consecutive win and fourth straight over over a top-f ive team.

The Icecats beat Iowa State 8-5 Friday night.

The Cyclones played tough, physical hockey, but when it came to speed, the Icecats clearly had the advantage.

The 5,353 in attendance barely had settled into their seats when freshman center Ben Ruston gave the Icecats a 1-0 lead just 30 seconds into the first period.

"We started out the season with 11 new guys," Icecat coach Leo Golmbiewski said. "They came back the second semester wanting to play hockey. You've got to be totally pleased."

Ruston continued his solid play and was on the giving end of the second goal of the night. He won a face off and fed the puck to Peter Scott, who skated around the goal and fired a shot past Cyclone goalie Kyle Geiger.

"The young guys have really stepped up," Icecat captain Kevin Oztekin said. "We don't have guys thinking about winning streaks. We're just going to take it one game at a time."

The Icecats grabbed a 3-0 first-intermission lead when Oztekin stole the puck in the Cyclone goal and passed it to Sam Battaglia, who was breaking for the net.

Oztekin and Battaglia got their second points of the night after assisting on the first of Brian Consolino's three goals with just under six minutes gone in the second.

The two combined again to assist Jon Muntz with a shorthanded goal at the 15:54 mark.

The Cyclones scored two goals in the first 3:30 of the third but after that goalie Joel Hilshey shut the offense down again.

Consolino made it 7-2 with two power play goals, the second coming at 17:35.

But 16 seconds later, before the public address announcer had time to announce the score from the previous play, junior Andy Knick made it 8-2 off a pass from defensman Mark Thawley.

Scott notched his second goal of the night off an Oztekin-Battaglia combination with 39 seconds remaining for the final score.