Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Upstart: 1st-Year Knights Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Upstart: 1st-Year Knights Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

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Len Cadieux is a realist.

As coach of Francis Howell North's first-year team in the Mid-States Club Hockey Association, Cadieux knew the young Knights would suffer through some growing pains this season. Still, he has maintained a hope of getting the youthful team into the playoffs.

"For a first-year team, I think that'd be a real accomplishment," he has said.

The Knights, coming off a 7-2 loss to archrival Francis Howell last Friday, took a major step toward earning a playoff berth in recent games, tying John Burroughs 4-4 Saturday and beating McCluer 5-2 Monday.

"We're up to nine points now and that puts us in pretty decent shape," said Cadieux, whose team is 4-10-1. "And the way we're playing now, I think we can give McCluer North a pretty good game Friday, too."

The Knights are scheduled to play McCluer North at the North County Recreation Compex tonight at 9:15. They'll play Oakville at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Affton Ice Rink and Hazelwood East at 8:45 p.m. Monday at North County.

"We're starting to put some things together," Cadieux said.

The Knights received a big lift Saturday, rallying late for the 4-4 tie against John Burroughs.

"At one point, we were down 3-1," Cadieux said. "I thought about pulling (goaltender) Chad Hasten with about a minute and a half left, but I'm glad I didn't because Burroughs had a good rush right after that and they would've been able to put the game away."

Cadieux did pull Hasten with about 45 seconds left and Nick Post notched the tying goal with 15 seconds to play.

Post, a freshman, scored all four Howell North goals in the game. Randy Senn and Chris Sefton had assists.

Hasten, the team's goaltender, also had a big game for the Knights.

"Coming back like that really gave our guys a big lift," Cadieux said.

The emotion carried over as the Knights beat McCluer Monday. The highlight of that game came from Post, who had a hat trick on one shift.

"In 32 years of hockey, I've never seen that before," Cadieux said.

Matt Boerner and Kevin Spiedel had the other goals. Post, Senn, Spiedel, Mike Benes and Mark Felicelli had the assists.

The Knights also received a big game from captain Josh Davis, who moved from forward to defense. …

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