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
Soo Eagles News - Hockey News April 10, 2015

2015 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs, North Division Semifinal

#2 Keystone Ice Miners vs. #3 Soo Eagles
Pointstreak’s Series Preview

Game 1: Friday, April 10th - The Ice Mine - 7:30 PM
Game 2: Saturday, April 11th - The Ice Mine - 7:30 PM
Game 3: Friday, April 17th - Pullar Stadium - 7:30 PM
Game 4: Saturday, April 18th - Pullar Stadium - 7:00 PM*
Game 5: Monday, April 20th - The Ice Mine - 7:30 PM*
*If necessary


Soo Eagles News - Hockey News April 10, 2015

Soo Eagles v. Keystone Ice Miners

By Randy Russon – Sault This Week

They finished a single point apart during the 2014-2015 North American Hockey League regular season.

And now, the Keystone Ice Miners and Soo Eagles will face off in a first-round, best-of-five, NAHL North Division playoff series.



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