Soo Eagles News - Hockey News April 20, 2015

Catt carries Eagles to series sweep

By Randy Russon

The cool Catt flexed his claws once again.

Backed by the scintillating goaltending of Chad Catt, the Soo Eagles upended the visiting Keystone Ice Miners 3-1 on Friday to sweep the first-round, best-of-five, North American Hockey League, North Division playoff series.

With scouts from several Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association schools among the crowd of 995 who took in the game at Pullar Stadium, Catt made 38 saves — many of them spectacular — and the Eagles got goals from Keegan Miller, Leo Lumm and Trevor Cope to sideline Keystone and advance to the North Division finals against the powerhouse Janesville Jets.

For the three-game series, the 21-year old Catt — who was acquired by the Eagles from the Aberdeen Wings at the February 6 trade deadline — stopped 104 of 106 shots for a .981 save percentage and 0.65 goals against average.

In Friday’s series-clincher, veteran forwards Chase Matson and Matt Menta had two assists apiece and were relentless on the forecheck as were Denver Pierce and rookie Raymond Brice.

On the blueline, 1997 birth-year rookie Dan Weaver was a standout in front of Catt and fellow defenders Michael Caruso and Patrik Koch also turned in steady outings.

Up next for the Eagles is a date with aforementioned Janesville, which finished first overall in the 24-team NAHL with 100 regular-season points — 34 more than the Soo.

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News April 20, 2015

Johnstown, Soo among four finalists in Kraft Hockeyville

Two rinks home to NAHL teams, the Cambria County War Memorial (Johnstown Tomahawks) and Pullar Stadium (Soo Eagles) are among the four finalists for the Kraft Hockeyville contest.
Kraft Hockeyville, a national contest sponsored by Kraft, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association, seeks to reward the most passionate hockey community in the United States with $150,000 in rink upgrades and the opportunity to host an NHL preseason game.
The contest’s first round of voting began last week, with 10 communities across the country competing to gather votes by online clicks, text messages and phone calls. Only the top four vote-getters will now advance to the second round, as announced on NBC’s national television broadcast of NHL playoff hockey on Saturday afternoon. 
Second round voting will be held on Tuesday, April 21, and Wednesday, April 22.
The contest divides the remaining communities into categories based on location.  Johnstown will compete against Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to represent the East in the final round.  In the West, Decatur, Ill., will compete against Albertville, Minn.
Johnstown led the nation with 2,471 nominations received during the first phase of the competition, which began Jan. 1 and ended March 18.  Judges reviewed each nomination to select the ten finalists, with community pride, passion for hockey, and creativity/originality serving as the three primary criteria.
A number of businesses, schools and organizations collaborated to hold voting rallies and other events promoting Johnstown’s entry in the contest during the first voting round, held April 14-16.
“We’re grateful to see the tremendous amount of community support for Johnstown’s bid to become Kraft Hockeyville,” said Johnstown Hockeyville Committee member Chad Mearns.  “The enthusiasm has been incredible, and it only shows that Johnstown truly is home to America’s most passionate hockey community. Now, we hope to enlist more voting support from across the state so that Pennsylvania will be represented in the finals.”
Johnstown and Soo are now guaranteed to receive at least $40,000 in committee-approved rink upgrades at the both rinks.  That number will escalate to a guaranteed $75,000 to the East winner to the third and final round. 
Votes can be cast by clicking on eithers link at, calling toll free 1-855-255-5975, or by texting.  Individuals can vote 50 times per method, per day.
Soo Eagles News - Hockey News April 20, 2015

Chad Catt committed to the University of Michigan

By Randy Russon   

Soo Eagles goalie Chad Catt has committed to play for the University of Michigan Wolverines effective the 2015-2016 season, has confirmed.

The 1994 birth-year, puck-stopping sensation led the Eagles to a third-place, regular-season finish in the North Division of the North American Hockey League after being acquired from the Aberdeen Wings at the February 6 trade deadline.

Catt had a 7-4-3 record with a .920 save percentage and 2.25 goals against average after joining the Eagles from Aberdeen, where he had played parts of three NAHL seasons.

A native Michigander, Catt has carried his regular-season play into the playoffs.

In a three-game, opening-round sweep of the Keystone Ice Miners, Catt stopped 104 of 106 shots for a .981 save percentage and 0.65 goals against average.

In getting a Division 1, Big 10 commitment to play at prestigious U of M, Catt’s hard work has paid off, according to Eagles coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo.

“I have been coaching a long time, 35 years now, and I have never had a goalie who has the work ethic and commitment to excellence that Chad has,” said Bragagnolo.

“Not only is Chad a great goalie, he’s a great kid,” said Bragagnolo. “We couldn’t be happier for him.”

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News April 15, 2015

Robertson Cup Playoff – Division Semifinal updates

North Division: (1) Janesville vs (4) Michigan  - Janesville leads series 2-0

Game 1: Janesville 8, Michigan 1
Six goals in a six-minute span in the 3rd period broke open a tight game as the Jets claimed Game 1 of their series with Michigan, 8-1. Things were tight after two periods as the Jets held onto a 2-1 lead. Adam Winborg scored in the 1st period for the Jets to make it 1-0. Winborg would add his second goal of the game early in the 2nd period to make it 2-0. Ryan Burr scored a power play goal for Michigan to make it 2-1 and after a save by Chase Munroe on the penalty shot late in the period, things stood at 2-1 entering the 3rd period. At the 11:39 make the Jets exploded for six goals in six minutes to put the game away, including a hat-trick from Cullen Munson and others from Brandon Schultz, Aleksi Ainail and Zach Solow. Matt Jurusik made 23 saves in the win, while Munroe took the loss, making 29 saves.

Game 2: Janesville 6, Michigan 2
The Jets blew a tight game open in the 2nd period with five goals as they grabbed a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Warriors, with a 6-2 win in Game 2. Michigan led 1-0 after the 1st period as Garrison Sanipass scored a goal in the 1st period. The 2nd period was all Jets. Janesville took a 2-1 lead with early goals from Dan Kucerovy and Grant Hutton. Michigan tied the game briefly with a power play goal from Alex Berardinelli, but the Jets managed three more goals in the next five minutes as Adam Winborg scored the eventual game-winner on the power play, Kucerovy added his second of the game and Brandon Schultz also scored. Zach LaValle would complete the scoring in the 3rd period with a power play goal. Matt Jurusik made 27 saves in the win, while Ryan Wischow took the loss, making 31 saves.


Soo Eagles News - Hockey News April 15, 2015

Vote for Pullar Stadium for the chance to win $150,000

As announced on NBC this weekend, Pullar Stadium, home of the Soo Eagles, is one of 10 finalists, for their 2015 Kraft Hockeyville contest.

Hundreds of communities across the country have shown their hockey spirit and passion by nominating their local rinks for the esteemed title of "Kraft Hockeyville USA," and the chance to host an NHL Pre-Season Game in their local community.


Soo Eagles News - Hockey News April 13, 2015

North Division Semi-Finals (Soo leads series, 2-0)

Game 2: Soo 1 @ Keystone 0 (OT)
In a classic playoff goaltending duel, Soo Eagles goalie Chad Catt bested Keystone Ice Miners goalie Nick Kossoff thanks to a 32-save shutout as the Eagles grabbed a commanding 2-0 lead with a 1-0 overtime win in Game 2 on Saturday. The game featured just three minor penalties as neither team nor goalie yielding anything through regulation.  However, it did not take long for the game-winner to emerge in overtime as Trevor Cope skated his way through the Keystone defense and let go a shot from the slot that got past a screened Kossoff for the overtime-winner. Sandis Zolmanis and Dan Weaver picked up assists on the winner. Kossoff played well in the loss, making 20 saves. The Eagles are now up 2-0 as the best of five series heads to the Soo. Boxscore

Game 1: Soo 6 @ Keystone 1

The Soo Eagles grabbed home ice-advantage thanks to an efficient 6-1 Game 1 win on Friday night in Keystone. It didn’t take long for the Eagles to take control of the game as they netted three goals in the 1st period, which chased Keystone starting goalie Alex Blankenburg from the game. Brad Pung scored the opening goal and Matt Menta added the next two to make it 3-0 after one period. The lead swelled to 4-0 thanks to an early goal in the 2nd period from Darren Brady. Keystone would get on the board later in the period with their only tally of the night from LordAnthony Grissom. In the 3rd period, two more Soo goals from Sandis Zolmanis and Raymond Brice would secure the 6-1 win and series lead. Chad Catt was very good in the win, making 34 saves. Blankenburg took the loss, making three saves and Nick Kossoff made 13 saves in relief. Boxscore

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