February 15, 2014 By Trent Popp. Louisville hosted in state rival Kentucky this evening for the final game of the 2013/14 season. The two met last night in Lexington where Kentucky captured a 1-0 win. This evening the crowd was the largest of the season to watch this rivalry on ice. The visiting Wildcats started the game with a very early goal just 36 seconds into the game, after a turnover in the Cards defensive third. From the very start of this one you could tell it was going to be a physical hard-hitting matchup. Louisville’s Derek Piekarczyk set the tone with a huge hit midway through the first. With 7:12 to go in the opening period it was Louisville’s Dylan VanHoltz that would tie the game with a rebound goal. Connor Matsen would add a second goal to put the Cards up 2-1 after 1. The second started with the Cards down a man after a penalty carried over, UK was unable to capitalize on the power play. Louisville’s Justin Martinell had a good chance that went off the post just a minute into the period. Louisville’s goalkeeper Kyle Burdorf was forced to make some difficult saves early in the 2nd allowing the Cards to hold on to the lead. At the 15:05 mark Martinell was tripped from behind on a breakaway, which resulted in a penalty shot. Martinell would take the shot he brought the puck up the ice on the left and switched back to his right but the puck seemed to get a bit too far infront of him resulting in a shot with less power that was saved. Just 4 minutes later Justin made up for the missed penalty with a great goal assisted by Michael Klyczek and senior Hunter Shacklette. At the 8:45 mark Louisville’s Burdorf made a great kick save in a Kentucky breakaway keeping the game 3-1. With 2:41 Kentucky would get a penalty shot of their own after a trip by the Cards. It was Kentucky’s Corey Kopach to take the shot he made a good move in front of Burdorf and beat him high making it a 1-goal game. Louisville would start the 3rd period down 2 men giving the Cats the advantage. The Cards would withstand the 5v3 and keep it a 3-2 game. With 4:55 to go Louisville’s Dylan VanHoltz got his second goal of the game with a nice assist from Shacklette and Piekarczyk. The final would be Louisville 4 Kentucky 2. The rivalry games were split this season (2-2) with each team winning both games at home. Louisville finishes the season 15-18-1.
February 8, 2014 By Trent Popp. Louisville hosted Xavier University Saturday evening. Xavier entered the Iceland center with a 18-4-3 record. For the Cards it was a special night as their seniors were recognized. Louisville’s 3 seniors are Matt Alber, Hunter Shacklette, and Dylan VanHoltz.
This game began with very high intensity from each team. The first ten minutes saw good chances on both sides, and big hits delivered by each side as well. Xavier’s Tyler Ruter opened the games scoring with a power play goal with 5:18 to go in the first period; this would be the only goal in the first.
The second period started with a 5v3 Louisville advantage after Xavier picked up two penalties to end the first. Louisville’s Davis Philpot had a good cut past a Xavier defender but his shot was saved. Louisville was unable to capitalize with a 2-man advantage. Once we were back at full strength Xavier’s Jack Doyle made it 2-0 just 5 minutes into the second period. At the 14:47 Xavier’s Brian Gardner received a penalty. Louisville had 3 shots during the power play but could not score. Just 4 seconds out of the penalty box Gardner received a misconduct penalty for a hit to the head. Louisville went up 5v3 and finally able to break through. It was Louisville’s Conor Matsen with the goal with a long shot that beat the Xavier keeper high. Each side would receive penalty time and we were 4v3 Xaviers advantage with 3:29 to go. Xavier forward Patrick Riedy made it 3-1. With .40 seconds to go in the 2nd Michael Klyczek had a great look that beat the keeper but not the post. The seconded ended 3-1.
The third period began with Louisville being the aggressor; they had 2 near goals early in the period. Finally the Cards were able to add a second goal it was again Connor that provided after he made a steal in the Xavier defensive third and was able to put it past keeper Tim Pietraniec. The Cards would not be able to fine an equalizer and lost 3-2.
January 18, 2014 By Trent Popp. The Louisville Cardinals welcomed the Dayton Flyers to Iceland Saturday evening. The Cardinals came out as the aggressor in the first period. The home team would have plenty of opportunities in the first period. Senior Hunter Shacklette would score Cards only goal in the first, it came at the 14:06 mark. Louisville would go down two men at the 12:50 mark but would withstand the 5 vs. 3 pressure from Dayton and keep the lead. The period would end with some pushing and shoving behind the Dayton net, with the score still 1-0.
After a one score first period the excitement would pick up in the second. It took Dayton only 3 and a half minutes to tie the game with a perfectly placed shot by Harry Londoff that beat Uof L keeper Kyle Burdorf high. The tie wouldn’t last long when UofL Teagan Pepper scored on a dive in front of goal pushing the puck by Dayton keeper. Just minutes later Dayton thought they had leveled things again before the would-be goal was disallowed because the net had come dislodged. At the 12:15 mark the Cards scored the second of what would be a 5 goal period. Louisville led 6-1 after 2. Louisville goal scorers would include MacDonald, Klyczek, Schlaff, Matsen and Pepper.
The third period would add a goal for each side making the final 7-2. Louisvilles goal was scored by Kyle Hughes. Dayton added a goal late with only 51 seconds left.
The Cards will travel to Cincinnati next werkend to battle against University of Cincinnati on Saturday night at 8pm.