Written by co-writer Andrew Maronich
Friday, November 30th Cardinals 5 Panthers 4
Senior forward Tim Shannon recorded his first collegiate Hat-Trick on Friday evening, but unfortunately that was not enough to lift the Panthers over the Cardinals. Louisville defeated Eastern 5-4 before the ecstatic crowd at David S Palmer Arena.
Shannon had a memorable game, but it did not change the fact that they still suffered the loss, “It felt great, none of the goals were anything special, they all were “garbage goals”, but a goal is a goal. Although it did feel good to get the hat-trick, when it is all said and done we still lost the game, so it didn’t mean as much as it could have if we won it as it could have if we won the game.” Shannon said.
Saturday, December 1st Panthers 3 Cardinals 0
Eastern knew that Louisville was a beatable team, if they had played more defensively sound the result may have been different. “It was tough to lose that game, a few of their goals were flukes, but we shouldn’t have let them score 5 goals on us.” Defenseman Joe Salazar said about the Friday night loss.
Saturday was a new day, and the Panthers played like a different team, and defeated Louisville 3-0. ” I told team to forget about last night, and forget about everything that has happened up till this point, I wanted this game to be the start of a “new season”, I wanted them to play like a new team, and they did just that”. Eastern played very well in their defensive zone and did not make any costly mistakes. Most of the game on Saturday was spent in their offensive zone, but when it was in their zone they did what they had to do to get Teske his shut out.
Shannon continued to have the hot hand on Saturday, and scored the only goal of the first period. In the second the Panthers scored one more, and it came off of the stick of Captain, Mike Sorrentino, who ripped a slap shot over the Louisville goaltender. Sorrentino netted another goal in the third period to seal the deal for EIU. “It felt great to get the shutout, they played well in front of me but I felt like I played solid also.” goalie Andrew Teske said about the game.
Eastern Illinois (8-5-3) will look to ride the momentum into the Mediacom Ice Park, home of the Missouri State Ice Bears (13-3-2) this weekend. Fridays game is scheduled for 7:00 pm and Saturday at 5:00 pm.