Kentucky Continues Strong Start, Downs Louisville

Editors Note: NCLL is excited to have Mike Wells back for another season to capture as much Midwest/Deep South Conference action as possible. Mike not only takes great photos but keeps notes on all the action. Here’s his latest report.

Louisville’s Noah Kessler went coast-to-coast for his first goal, putting the Cards up 1-0 early. But Kentucky’s Charles DeSimmone responded soon after, beating Louisville netminder Sam Long to tie the game at 1.

After failing to score with a 2-man advantage,  Mikey Bealer gave Kentucky the 2-1 lead.  Ryan Shahidehpour added another goal for Kentucky, after the Cards were called for off-sides.

Shortly after, the Cards Tanner Sawyer was flagged for hitting Bealer late, sending him to the box for  a two-minute non-releasable penalty. Bealer was hit while scoring, which had increased the Cats lead to 4-1. Thomas Murphy connected on the man up for Kentucky, and suddenly it was 5-1 Wildcats.

Kentucky’s Zach West made it 6-1 Kentucky early in the 3rd, after Louisville had successfully killed another 1  minute penalty. It seemed that every time the Cardinals made up some ground, they quickly gave it right back to the Cats.

The frustration began to build on the Louisville sidelines, after Parker Shellhaas put another goal on the board for Kentucky.

With :02 left in the third quarter, Noah Lyons added yet another goal for the Wildcats. Kentucky had now scored eight unanswered goals against Louisville.

Louisville’s, Lucas Porter came out hot in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late for the Cards. Lucas got back to back goals to bring the score to 8-3, but that would be as close as the Cards would get.

Shahidehpour,  DeSimone and Shellhaas would all find the net in the 4th quarter to extend the Cats lead to 12-3.

With the win, the 5th ranked Wildcats advanced to 3-0 on the season and solidify themselves as the team to beat in the Mid-West. Louisville falls to 1-1 on the season, and with teams like Cincinnati, Kent State and Ohio State on their schedule, the Cards have a lot of work to do if they plan on being a part of the postseason.

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