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Green Beats Notre Dame to Advance in State Tournament

By Jackie Kadin, 03/02/19, 12:30PM CST

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In its first appearance in the State Tournament, New Trier Green beat Notre Dame 4-1 in the Sweet 16 to advance to the quarterfinals. The victory came at a price, though, with Patrick Chang joining Jakob Travis and Ryan Gallagher on the injured reserve list with an upper body injury. Green spent most of the first period in its offensive zone and had several good chances, but the Notre Dame goalie made some great saves to keep the game scoreless after 1. Tommy Kempf got Green on the board early in the second when he banked in a goal off a Notre Dame player with Trent Kadin in front of the net (Mark Ashmore and Magnus Sivertson with the assists). (Note: Maternal bias may have been a factor in the TeamSnap chat erroneously reporting that Kadin scored as his mom provided the alternative facts to Mrs. Gallagher.) Kempf drew a penalty and on the ensuing power play, Ashmore tipped in a Brian Dolby shot from the point to make it 2-0 (Mac Zelazny also with an assist). John Kane went to the box on a 2-and-10 for a hit to the head and a power play goal by Notre Dame made it a 1-goal game. Green went back on the power play and Bobby Soudan showed off his defensive chops to take away a Notre Dame shorthanded chance. Preston Watt stopped a breakaway shot before Ashmore redirected another Dolby blast to make it a 2-goal game again (Soudan also with an assist) after two periods of play. Both teams had several penalties in the third period, leading to 5-on-4 and 4-on-4 play. It was during 4-on-4 play that Zelazny won a faceoff and got the puck to Kadin, who found a well-rested Kane to make it 4-1. Spencer Lifvendahl put an exclamation point on the victory (and showed he was fully recovered from the flu) with a huge hit in front of the Green bench. Next up: The SHL championship game against Loyola Gold on Sunday evening.