Lyons Township JV Hockey Club headed into 2006 on a roll with a seven-game unbeaten streak behind Brookfield's very own Paul Kaspar, Jon Stachowitz and Matt Wulff.
LT began the month of December in SIHCA league play by holding off Homewood-Flossmoor 5-3 after leading 3-0 after two periods. LT's goals came from Rhys Southworth, Brian Trefil, Kaspar, Brian Tagney and Jon Pitelka. Goalkeeper Chris Pitelka allowed no goals for half the game on seven shots and Joe Gallina allowed three goals on 10 shots in the second half.
The following day, LT dominated Plainfield 10-0 behind the strong, suffocating defensive efforts of Ben Waldman, Dan Mccroy, Teddy Garibaldi, Cem Onyskiel, Southworth, Wulff and Luke Wisher. Pete Leenheers was stellar in the net, stopping 12 shots. Stachewitz scored two goals for the victors.
Making it two straight shutouts, the following week LT blanked York 3-0 in the ISHL. Gallina, working behind strong efforts from defensemen Waldman, Garibaldi, Onyskiel, Southworth, and Wulff, came up with some big saves and shut down the Dukes by stopping all 24 shots.
LT goals were scored by Jeremy Dombro, Matt Scheef and J. Pitelka with assists coming from Luc Bibeau and Chris Perri. Later that same day a tired but resilient LT defeated Crown Point 7-2 with goals from Dombro (2); Kaspar (2); Scheef, Tagney and Trefil with Chris Pitelka stopping 14 of 16 shots in goal.
On Dec. 16, LT played the No. 1-ranked team in the SIHCA conference, the Wolves, to a 1-1 tie in a huge tilt before a very large and boisterous crowd at the Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park. Dombro scored LT's lone goal in the first period with the assist from Kaspar, but the Wolves came back to tie the game late in the second period.
LT's SIHCA record is 9-3-3 (second place) and its IHSA record is 6-2-1 (third place).
A press release contributed to this report.