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The Gators JV Team Holds the Championship Banner, Feb. 23, 2014

Gators JV Team- League Champions!

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
 
The Gator JV team captured the Champions Cup with a 3-2 victory over Carmel Catholic High School on Sunday, Feb. 23, at West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows.
 
South fell behind early 1-0, but fought back with three goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead going into the final period. Junior Colin Price got the Gators on the board first beating the Carmel goalie to the short side after an aggressive forecheck from sophmore Leo Johnson kept the puck in the zone and moved the puck to the front of the net.
 
Freshman AJ Saputa also assisted on the first goal. The Gators grabbed the lead for good 92 seconds later when the freshman duo of Benny Price and Eric Helm struck on the power play. Price found Helm across the slot and Helm fired in a one timer for the go a head goal.
 
Johnson and C. Price worked hard in front of the net again and, less than 2 minutes later, Johnson slipped the puck between the Carmel goalie's legs to give South a 3-1 lead. Senior Captain Dave Nicholas also assisted on that goal.

From there, the Gators relied on a stingy defense led by Nicholas, juniors Mitch Newberry and Nolan Kremer and freshman Nick Fattori.
 
Freshman goalie Garrett Wiese was sensational in net, as he has been throughout the playoffs, stopping 26 of 28 Carmel shots. He finished the league playoffs with a 92% save percentage.
 
A congratulations goes out to all the Gator JV team as they worked hard through the entire season to capture the banner for the first time in school history!

The JV team is comprised of:
Senior: Dave Nicholas (captain)
Juniors: Mitch Newberry, Nolan Kremer (Alt. Captain), Tony Marsella (Alt. Captain), Danny McSweeney, Hayden Hooghkirk (Alt. Captain), Colin Price
Sophomores: Leo Johnson (Alt. Captain), Connor Webb.
Freshmen: Nick Fattori, Benny Price, Eric Helm, Dominic D'Amico, Garrett Wiese, AJ Saputa



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Senior Class of 2014. L to R: Shane Gustafson, Sean O'Neil, Dave Nicholas, Connor Hudak, Max Rudolph, Cory Wasilewski, Cory Lamasky.

Gators Honor Graduating Seniors

The Crystal Lake South Hockey Club honored its senior players from the Class of 2014 on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Leafs Ice Center in West Dundee.

The Gators held a special ceremony recognizing the players and their parents. 

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Gator Student Managers, also Class of 2014


Connor Hudak Named to All-State Team

Connor Hudak has been named to the Illinois High School All-State Team for the 2013-2014 season.

Hudak is one of only 12 defensemen from the Illinois High School Hockey League selected to participate in the All-State game scheduled for 8:35 p.m. Feb. 3, at AHAI Hockey Center at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. 

High school varsity hockey coaches from throughout the state select the top 40 players to participate in the annual All-State game. Scouts and representatives from college and junior teams attend the game in search of new players.

Hudak is senior at Crystal Lake South and has skated with the Gators all four years of his high school hockey career, three of those on the club's varsity team.

"Connor is an active defenseman. He reads the plays as they're happening and is able break up the opponent’s offense and jump up to make it a Gator scoring opportunity. Connor served as the team’s alternate captain as a junior and co-captain this season," Varsity Coach Rich Perillo said. 

Hudak was selected to the Junior Varsity All-Conference team as a freshman and the Varsity All-Conference team as a junior and senior. He also was selected to try out for Showcase as a junior.

As of this past Friday, the defenseman had 24 career goals, 73 assists and 97 points making him the all-time leading scorer among Gator defensemen.  

For the past 24 years, the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois has been conducting high school All-State games for varsity divisions statewide.

 

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Connor Hudak

Northwest Herald Article about Connor Hudak

Northwest Herald article about CLS defenseman Connor Hudak's selection to the AHAI Illinois All-State team.

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Varsity All-Star Game

Gator Varsity All-Stars: Connor Hudak, Matt Kinker, Max Rudolph, Shane Gustafson (left to right). Jan. 5, 2014.

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Gators' JV All-Stars: Benny Price, Eric Helm (left to right). Jan. 5, 2014.

Illinois High School Hockey League 2014 All-Star Game

Crystal Lake South Hockey Club participated in the 2014 Illinois High School Hockey League's 2014 All-Star games on Sunday, Jan. 5, at West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows.

The Gators compete in the IHSHL's North Central Division.

CL South Hockey Club was well represented by seniors Connor Hudak, Max Rudolph, Shane Gustafson, and junior Matt Kinker for the Varsity All-Star game. Freshmen Benny Price and Eric Helm represented the Gators in the JV All-Star game. 

Kinker was named MVP of the varsity game, and Helm earned MVP honors for the junior varsity game. 

"This is the first time Crystal Lake South has earned MVP in both the JV and Varsity games," said Gators Coach Rich Perillo. 

Matt Kinker - MVP Varsity All-Star Game

Gators' Matt Kinker: MVP Varsity All-Star Game. Jan. 5, 2014.

Eric Helm MVP of JV All-Stars Game

Gators' Eric Helm- MVP of JV All-Star Game. Jan. 5, 2014.


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Crystal Lake South Gators Varsity-JV Teams