Icecats tie Delaware on the road
The Arizona Icecats (17-3-2) are still undefeated on the road... technically. They settled for a 3-3 tie against No. 6-ranked Delaware in a late-night showdown in Newark, Del.
Freshman Jason Morgan and junior Mark Meister combined to allow three goals against a physical East Coast team.
"It was a very, very physical game," Icecats head coach Leo Golembiewski said. "Hunter (Cherenack) reinjured his bad shoulder, Jason Morgan was yanked because of a bad hand and Marc Harris couldn't feel his arm for the final two periods."
Harris and Kyle McNeilance opened up scoring in an ugly first period in which the Icecats allowed six penalties.
"It's a classic example of going into somebody's home ice and having to play against the striped-shirts," Golembiewski said. "We were lucky to get out of the first period with a lead."
Morgan was pulled nine minutes into the game with a swollen hand, apparently suffered during pregame warm-ups.
Meister, who started the majority of games during the first half of the Icecats' season, took the reins for the duration of the game.
"Meister stepped up and did a nice job," Golembiewski said. "He staved off a few breaks during the end of the first."
Tommy Thompson scored from the corner to put the Icecats up 3-2 at the 10-minute mark of the second period, but a Blue Hens' goal with 10 minutes left in regulation knotted the score. A five-minute overtime ended in a stalemate.
"It all boils down to lack of execution," Golembiewski said. "We had our chances to put them away early, and just couldn't."