ADRIAN 7, ICECATS 0

Icecats rusty in first game back

2011-01-08T00:00:00Z 2011-01-08T01:27:20Z Icecats rusty in first game backDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 08, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Since their last game on Dec. 11, the Icecats have had only two practices, and coach Leo Golembiewski said only one of those sessions was with a complete team.

That was evident Friday night.

Arizona (8-7-1) opened the second half of its season on the wrong end of a 7-0 loss against No. 5 Adrian (Mich.) College. It was the fourth straight loss for the Icecats and the first time they were shut out at home since Nov.13, 2009.

UA stayed with Adrian early, but a pair of quick goals put the Bulldogs up 2-0.

Kevin Sunde scored on a power play with 6:34 left in the first period, and 54 seconds later, Chris Dixon hit the net from the left side.

Things got worse for the Icecats when Adrian's Max Gavin scored on a breakaway with only two seconds remaining before the first intermission.

Adrian was quiet early in the second period, then scored four goals in the final 14:41 of the period.

The Icecats had many opportunities to get on the scoreboard throughout the game but couldn't capitalize.

With 15:40 left in the second period, junior Blake Richards couldn't net a loose puck in front of the goal and was taken to the ice by an Adrian defenseman.

"We had a couple of good chances when we were down low, but good deep pressure … we couldn't get today," Richards said.

Later in the period the Icecats failed to get a shot off with a two-man advantage for 45 seconds.

The highlight of the third period came in the final minute when Arizona's Sean MacLachlan leveled Dixon and nearly triggered a bench-clearing brawl.

Despite giving up seven goals in the first two periods, Golembiewski felt freshman goaltender Steven Sisler did a solid job, especially handling one-man breakaways.

But Sisler still sees room for improvement.

"I definitely should have had at least four of those," said Sisler, who had 32 saves. "I have to keep my focus and not back off too soon."

TODAY

• What: Adrian College at Arizona

• Where: Tucson Convention Center

• When: 7:30 p.m.

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