It was a tear-filled afternoon at the Eagan Civic Arena as hundreds came to honor Carter Weber and support the Weber family. Carter was a former defenseman on the Varsity team who died tragically in November. Current and former teammates, who played with Carter through the years, lined the ice shoulder to shoulder during the 10-minute tribute, which included a jersey dedication, a video commemorating Carter’s life and an official renaming of the Eagan Youth Hockey tournament to the Carter Weber Memorial Cup.
After the ceremony, the Varsity team took to the ice defeating Virginia 3-0. Shots were 51 to 11 in favor of the Wildcats. The first period was scoreless despite the lopsided shots on net. Senior defense Tim Yetzer put the Cats on the board first with a rip from the blueline. Assist from Jake Burke. Then later in the second period sophomore forward Drew Wilson fired in a powerplay goal with an assist from sophomore defense Jonah Miklya. Eagan’s final tally came in the third period with a goal from sophomore forward Nick Sherek on a pass from senior forward Tyler Boor.
In the team’s annual adventure to the Northland, the Eagan Wildcats added two more victories to the books. The first contest against Duluth Denfeld Friday night was a lopsided game with the Cats logging 50 shots on Denfeld’s goalie vs. 12 shots coming the other way. The Wildcats spread the scoring across the roster: Brandon Wuertz, Jonah Miklya, Drew Wilson, Nick Sherek (with 2), Trevor Miklya, and William Randall. Congrats to the Cats on a 7-3 win!
On Saturday, the team headed even further north (and west) to the historic Hippodrome in Eveleth. The JV team took the ice first beating the Golden Bears in a decisive 9-0 contest. Then the Varsity boys played a solid game leaving Eveleth scoreless. Junior goaltender Brandon Toussaint had a shutout in his first start on Varsity with 41 saves, including surviving 8 Eagan penalties throughout the match. Luke Schammel put the Cats on the board late in the first period on an assist from Tyler Boor. Then William Randall tallied his second varsity goal of the season in the second period with an assist from Cole Peplinski. Senior defense Trevor Miklya rounded out the scoring with a late one in the 2nd. Eagan would win 3-0.
Snipe from William Randall!! 1-0 Cats are up on the Lightning. 5 min left in 2nd.