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St. Rita upends Brother Rice with key interception

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St. Rita upends Brother Rice with key interception

Friday, Sept. 16, 2011Posted: 11:45 p.m.

By Mike Clark
YourSeason.com

Charles Elmore likes a challenge and thats just what he got on Friday night.

First, the St. Rita senior had to break a few tackles to gain a key first down on a fake punt. Then he had to defend Brother Rice star Martez Walker on a deep pass with the game on the line.

Elmore came through again, picking off a pass in the end zone in the final minute to seal a 21-17 Catholic League Blue win for No. 10 St. Rita over No. 23 Brother Rice on the road.

I do this for them, Elmore said of his teammates. I wasnt going to let the game be in my hands and let them down.

He didnt. First Elmore ran 14 yards to the Mustangs 48 for a first down on the fake punt on the final play of the third quarter with St. Rita down 10-7.

We were reeling a little bit offensively, St. Rita coach Todd Kuska said. We needed a boost. If it doesnt work, were in a lot of trouble.

But it did. And nine plays later, Mike Zunica plowed over from a yard out to put the Mustangs up 14-10 with 8:02 left.

Brother Rice (3-1, 0-1) came right back with a 10-play scoring drive, going ahead 17-14 on Andrew Walkers 2-yard touchdown run with 3:23 to play. But St. Rita (3-1, 1-0) responded, taking a 21-17 lead on Scott Thomas 33-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay with 1:55 remaining.

Man, I had to go get it, said Golladay, who had seven catches for 140 yards, including five for 128 after halftime.

But Rice wasnt done. The Crusaders marched to the St. Rita 11 with 31.8 seconds left when Elmore came through again, picking off Pat Parrillis pass intended for Martez Walker in the end zone.

It was a phenomenal game, Rice coach Steve Nye said. It was kids in the fourth quarter making plays. They just made the last play.

I played Martez since grammar school, Elmore said. There in that position I wanted to guard him. I love taking the challenge.

St. Rita took a 7-0 lead on its first possession, scoring on Thomas 11-yard pass to Mike Zunica with 6:45 left in the first quarter.

The Crusaders, who went three-and-out on their first three drives, scored on both of their second-quarter possessions to go ahead 10-7. Martez Walker broke free for a 42-yard score on a counter play with 8:44 left in the second period. Rice then went on a 15-play drive that lasted 7 minutes, 42 seconds, capping it with Brian Kanes 27-yard field goal five seconds before halftime.

Thomas was 11 of 25 passing for 159 yards. The Mustangs were held to 26 yards on 19 rushes.

Parrilli was 19 of 26 passing for 190 yards. Andrew Walker had 81 yards on 18 carries and Martez Walker added 49 yards on 10 rushes.

What 1,000 NHL points means to Patrick Kane and what's next for Blackhawks superstar

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What 1,000 NHL points means to Patrick Kane and what's next for Blackhawks superstar

It was never a matter of if and only a matter of when Patrick Kane would reach 1,000 career NHL points. He tried his best not to let it creep into his mind as he got closer to the number, but it was difficult not to.

Kane entered Sunday's game sitting at 999 points after picking up one the night before on Hockey Night in Canada to extend his point streak to nine games. He needed only one more to make history and did so, fittingly, in front of a sold-out United Center crowd of 21,487.

Kane recorded the secondary assist on Brandon Saad's goal in the third period to make it 4-1 and the entire team left the bench to mob Kane thanks to captain Jonathan Toews, who orchestrated the ordeal and cleared it with league officials. 

"What a moment, obviously, with everyone coming onto the ice and sharing that moment with me," Kane said following a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. "You see some faces in that pile that have been a big part of a lot of those points, whether it’s been [Toews] or [Duncan Keith] or [Alex] DeBrincat recently, [Saad] to finish it off I think was pretty cool. ... As far as everyone coming onto the ice and sharing that with me is something I’ll never forget."

Kane became the youngest American-born player to hit the 1,000-point mark and fourth player in Blackhawks history to accomplish that feat, joining Denis Savard (1,096), Bobby Hull (1,153) and Stan Mikita (1,497). Only 89 other players in NHL history are part of the 1,000-point club; Kane makes it 90.

[RELATED: Kane first star interview]

"He's one of those elite players," Brandon Saad said. "He's one of those few who can achieve goals like that. All you can say is good things about him. He's a special player. He keeps getting better with age. He's fun to play with."

It was a memorable night in Chicago, but there was something missing. Kane’s parents couldn't attend due to inclement weather in their hometown of Buffalo. His dad, Pat Kane Sr., made it to all 41 home games last season.

“It’s tough not having them here,” Kane said. “They’ve been a big part of my career. I’m sure I’ll talk to them after this and hopefully there will be some better moments in the future that they’ll be here for.”

Kane’s list of accolades in his NHL career is only getting longer and will continue to get longer. Three Stanley Cups. Conn Smythe Trophy recipient. Art Ross Trophy winner. League MVP. Now a member of the 1,000-point club.

"It’s special," Kane said. "I’ve been very fortunate in my career, whether it’s been getting drafted by Chicago or making some decisions when I was younger to move away at 14 years old, a freshman in high school, forgo college and play in London for a year.

"Obviously, Chicago winning the lottery, getting drafted by Chicago, then having a lot of good pieces in place here with some great players where we could turn the corner pretty fast and become a good team. There were a lot of things that were lined up. When you reach a milestone like this you think of all those players you played with that had a big part of it. It’s been a fun ride."

Even though he’s accomplished just about everything in his hockey life, Kane is still hungry for more.

[RELATED: Kane's road to 1,000 career points]

So what’s next?

"1,001," Kane laughed. "Start there and then move forward."

But really, there's only one goal.

"Maybe a few more Cups," Kane said to Chicago crowd after being named No. 1 star of the game. "That would be nice, right?"

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Patrick Kane receives the championship belt from Jonathan Toews after getting to 1K

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Patrick Kane receives the championship belt from Jonathan Toews after getting to 1K

Patrick Kane added a special milestone onto the Blackhawks' fifth-straight win, scoring the 1,000th point of his NHL career.

Kane was emotional after the overall awesome night capped off by his amazing feat. Jonathan Toews made sure that Kane received the "championship belt" that the Blackhawks give to the team's top player after every win. Toews called it a  "no brainer" of a decision. 

Kane was overjoyed and emotional speaking tp his teammates, stating, "that was absolutely unreal, obviously getting 1,000 points but having you guys come on the ice there and share it with me was a great moment."

Obviously the big focus on the night was Kaner's amazing career achievement but even he wanted to make sure the overall team success doesn't go unnoticed. Kane knows how confident the team is right now and wants to keep the wins going. 

[RELATED: Patrick Kane makes NHL history]

"It's been fun here for a long time," stated Kane, and with 1,000 career points and No. 88 hopefully a Chicago Blackhawk for the rest of his career, it will be fun for much, much longer.

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