Shutout helps Icecats earn split

By Craig Degel

Arizona Daily Wildcat

After a tough loss to Colorado Friday night, Icecats coach Leo Golembiewski was looking for a way to relax before the teams' second meeting Saturday, so he quietly stepped into his dressing room and put on some music.

"Me and (Icecat assistant) Jeremy (Goltz) said about 6.3 words apiece," Golembiewski said. "We went into the room and put on The Doors' 'Light my Fire.'

"The kids were going crazy, but that's my generation," Golembiewski said.

Whether or not you consider a rock and roll classic to be relaxing fare, it would be impossible to argue with the results, as the Icecats came out and thoroughly dominated Colorado 5-0 in front of 5,390 fans at the Tucson Convention Center.

The Buffaloes beat the Icecats 3-2 Friday on a goal with just 31 seconds left in the third period.

Freshman goalie Joel Hilshey stopped all 17 shots he faced. It was the first time in over a year a UA goalie pitched a shutout.

"Hilshey did a great job," Golembiewski said. "Shutouts are hard in college hockey. He has taken over the number one spot."

The Icecats, who outshot the Buffaloes 42-17, opened the scoring at 5:01 in the first period when center Kevin Oztekin took a Peter Scott pass for the power-play goal.

Then, at 9:10 in the first just nine seconds into another power play freshman Ben Rustin scored off a Jon Muntz-Peter Scott assist combo.

Despite being shorthanded, Oztekin gave the Icecats a 3-0 first- period lead when he stole a pass at his own blue line, skated up the ice, and hit the upper left corner of the goal.

"Oz is just so tough killing penalties," Golembiewski said.

Joe Joyce added a goal in the second period and one in the third for the final score.

Arizona heads east this weekend for games against Delaware and Navy. They will return to the TCC Nov. 17 and 18 for a two-game set with Colorado State.

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