SHELLS GET BY MARISSA IN DUPO — The Dupo Cat Classic opened on Monday and the Roxana Shells made the most of it, beating the Marissa Meteors 28-25.
The season-opening win puts the Shells at 1-0 and advances them to face host Dupo at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. The Tigers downed East Alton-Wood River 49-31 in the other first round contest Monday. The Oilers and Meteors now meet in the loser's bracket at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Junior Cassi Vanzo paced Roxana in the win over Marissa with 10 points. Emma Lucas chipped in with six points for good measure.
The Shells trailed 11-10 at the close of the first quarter, but took a 16-14 advantage into the break. They then outscored the Meteors 11-6 in the third quarter to nab a 27-20 lead entering the final frame. Roxana held on for the victory despite only scoring one point over the final eight minutes.
A win Wednesday puts the Shells into the championship game. The other two opening round contests are on the docket tonight with New Athens meeting the Nashville JV team at 6 p.m. and Chester and Valmeyer battling at 7:45 p.m.
EA-WR FALLS TO HOST TIGERS IN DUPO — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers opened their season Monday in the Dupo Cat Classic against the host Tigers. Unfortunately it didn't turn out the way they wanted in a 49-31 loss.
The Oilers trailed 11-4 after one quarter, but cut it to 19-14 heading into the half. Dupo then outscored EA-WR 30-17 in the second half to grab the victory.
The Oilers had two players reach double-digit scoring as Carly Campbell poured in 11 points and Courtney Beneke chipped in with 10. Dupo's Megan Brown led all scorers with 15 points.
REDBIRDS SKATE PAST EAGLES IN BATTLE OF THE BIRDS — The Alton Redbirds skated past the Bethalto Eagles 6-2 Monday night at the East Alton Ice Arena.
Unfortunately the game was cut short. The referee was struck by a puck in the second period and play had to be stopped so to give the ref time to recover. He was able to continue, but with the Granite City/Edwardsville contest on the docket to follow time ran out and the game was called with 10:22 remaining in the third period.
The Birds are now 3-1 following the victory, while Bethalto sank to 1-3 with the loss.
Konnar Loewen of the Eagles struck first, scoring an unassisted goal at the 7:28 mark of the first quarter, giving Bethalto the 1-0 lead.
Zack Hunter tied it up with 2:29 remaining in the opening period off of assists from Brandon Lang and Jake Bohn and it remained 1-1 entering the second period.
After a goal by the Eagles early in the second period made it 2-0 in favor of Bethalto, Alton responded with five unanswered goals to pull away.
Tanner St. Peters scored on a power play at the 9:50 mark, while Bohn scored on a feed from Hunter at the 9:42 mark and Bohn scored an unassisted goal with 9:34 to go in the period to up it to 4-2 in the blink of an eye. Lang scored on a dish from Connor Jones with 8:05 to go and then Joe Boevingloh tallied the final goal of the game on assists from Lang and St. Peters with 3:02 left in the second.
Alton outshot the Eagles 30-17 in the game.
Next up for the Redbirds is a showdown with East Alton-Wood River at 8:45 p.m. Thursday in East Alton. Bethalto is idle until 8 p.m. Thursday when it travels to the Granite City Ice Rink to battle the host Warriors.
GRANITE CITY FALLS HARD TO EDWARDSVILLE — The Granite City Warriors became the latest victim of the Edwardsville Tigers Monday at the East Alton Ice Arena.
The Tigers cruised to a 12-0 victory over the Warriors in a game that was called because of the mercy rule at the 6:27 mark of the second quarter. EHS has now outscored its opponents 47-2 on the season. Alton is the only MVCHA team to score on Edwardsville in its 11-2 loss earlier in the season.
Granite City dipped to 1-3 on the season with the loss, while the Tigers are now 4-0.
Jordan Crow logged a hat trick for EHS in the win, while nine other Tigers scored single goals.
Edwardsville returns to action at 7:15 p.m. tonight against Highland in East Alton. The Warriors are back on the ice at 8 p.m. Thursday vs. Bethalto in Granite City.