Friday, December 10, 2010

Sweetest Served Cold

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Catholic Memorial/Pius 3
Waukesha Wings 1

CMP avenges last season’s loss
Soo Hoo scores two goals
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

DELAFIELD – Defense of its first Classic 8 Conference championship got tougher for the Waukesha Wings co-op boys hockey team Thursday night. It got a whole lot tougher. Senior forward Anthony Soo Hoo and senior defender Cody Dixon made sure of that as the Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op team beat the Wings 3-1 in its league season opener at the Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena to drop Waukesha to a 1-1 league season record.

“They scored on their chances – that was probably the main thing,” Waukesha coach Raja Aylsworth said. “Our goalie (senior David Nelson) played a heck of a game, but they were the better team tonight. We have to limit our mistakes – and we made a lot. They had a lot of opportunities and capitalized on them.”

Memorial/Pius hit the ice at full speed while the Wings skidded and were outshot in the opening period 12-4 – a period in which Dixon scored a power-play goal with an assist from Soo Hoo and junior forward Sam Chapin eight minutes and 41 seconds into the game. Waukesha had just one penalty in the first two periods and Memorial/Pius capitalized on it.

“Against a team like them, it’s important to get up on them, not let them gain any momentum and keep ours,” Soo Hoo said. “We kept putting pressure on them, and I was just taking the puck to the net. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.” Soo Hoo finished with two goals and an assist, while Dixon had a goal and an assist in building a 3-0 lead in the second period. Soo Hoo’s first goal came on a scrum in front of the net 10:03 into the period. Just 1:30 later, he made it 3-0 on a 10-foot shot from the center after taking a pass from behind the goal by Dixon.

Memorial/Pius coach Steve Chapin thought those kinds of passes were the key. “We passed out of traps and were constantly controlling the puck off forechecks in the corners, which kept the puck on their end and forced them to work harder on defense,” he said. Memorial/Pius, one of the top contenders for last year’s league title, lost to the Wings 2-1 last season, but Chapin said, “We didn’t want to put too much into last year. We just wanted to play smart and physical and moved the puck better. This is a big victory but it’s just one victory. It’s step one and now we go to step two.”

But Soo Hoo said he certainly remembered last season’s result. “Everyone on the team knew what happened last season and why it happened,” he said. “We were determined to not let it happen again.” The game was the second straight in which Soo Hoo registered two goals and an assist as Memorial/Pius improved to 5-3 overall. Ironically, he had the first good shot of the game with a one-on-one rush at the goalie, but couldn’t convert. He had three more good chances in the second period before scoring. “The whole thing is we told the kids to go period to period and shift to shift,” Chapin said. “We were able to get the first goal and momentum and then keep it.”

With just 54.7 seconds remaining in the second period, senior forward Mac Wilkie scored on a power play with an assist from sophomore defenseman Joey Horan for Waukesha’s only goal. Wilkie scored despite playing with a cast on a broken wrist that shelved him the previous two games. In fact Waukesha, 2-3 overall, has been hindered by injuries and had been missing as many as five seniors. Most of them returned Thursday after missing several games, but top defender Chris Busbey, who tore an ACL during the football season, is still out of action.

The scoreless third period featured an early flurry of shots by Waukesha but, as was the case much of the game, Memorial/Pius then controlled the action and allowed the Wings few scoring chances. Waukesha had five power-play opportunities, including one 5-on-3 in the second period, but converted just once. Memorial/Pius cashed in on one of its three power-play chances.

Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Anthony Soo Hoo skates down the ice with the puck in the first period during a game against the Waukesha Wings at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena on Thursday.

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