Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Checked John Burroughs Eliminates Zumwalt North

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Checked John Burroughs Eliminates Zumwalt North

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The Fort Zumwalt North team of the Mid-States Club gave it all it had; it just wasn't quite good enough.

The Panthers, in just their second season, fell 2-1 and 5-1 to John Burroughs in a Tier II semifinal series played Friday and Saturday at the Affton Ice Rink.

Burroughs (21-5) advances to take on Clayton in the Challenge Cup game 6 p.m. Wednesday at Kiel Center. In the Tier I game at 8:30 p.m., it'll be Vianney versus DeSmet in a rematch of last year's title game, won by Vianney. Both Vianney (Len Cadieux) and DeSmet (Charley Miller) are coached by St. Charles-area men. Zumwalt North finished 16-10-2. "I really hated to see the season end, and I especially feel for our seven seniors," Panthers coach Dave Goettel said. "This was their one shot at making it to Kiel, and we really thought we had a chance. But you have to give John Burroughs credit. They came out and played two good hockey games against us. They deserve to be playing Wednesday." The Ice Bombers led 2-0 when John Murray scored on a shot from the point with about 2 1/2 minutes to play Friday. Murray, one of the team's seven seniors, also scored Saturday; Burroughs led 4-1 at that point. "They had the better of the play in both games, but we had our chances," Goettel said. "After John scored Friday, we really came on strong and just couldn't get that tying goal. That game was the real killer for us because it meant that we had to win Saturday to force the mini-game. But Burroughs really came out strong again Saturday; they s cored pretty early in the game. "We just ran into a good hockey club." But that won't detract from the outstanding season enjoyed by the Panthers, who finished 6-13-5 a year ago as a first-year team in Mid-States. "The guys were pretty down Saturday night, but in time, I think they'll realize what a great season we had," said Goettel, whose team lost 6-4 and 3-1 to Burroughs in regular-season action. "Nobody expected us to be here in the first place. We beat a very good Lindbergh team in the quarte rfinals, and we made John Burroughs play well to beat us. In the last two seasons, it's really amazing how far this team has come. …

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