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Green Falls to Loyola Gold in SHL Championship Game

By Jackie Kadin, 03/04/19, 8:45PM CST

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In a winner-take-all championship game, a power play goal and unlucky bounce on a breakaway were the difference in a 2-0 loss to Loyola Gold. Despite still missing Jakob Travis, Ryan Gallagher, and Patrick Chang, New Trier Green had several good chances in a game where none of the bounces went Green’s way. Loyola Gold went on a power play with 9:32 left in the first period. The penalty kill was strong, with Jack Norehad and Henry Freedman with a couple good clears, Tyler Baird with a steal and shorthanded chance, and Owen Reger making strong saves in net. Dylan Kochman was called for a trip, putting Loyola 2 men up for 19 seconds. Green killed off the first penalty, but Loyola was able to score during 5-on-4 play giving Loyola a 1-0 lead with 6:50 left in the first. Tommy Kempf and Mark Ashmore got off good shots in the next shift. Jack Eggemeyer was able to enter the zone with speed, generating chances for Michael Brunso and Logan Izenstark. Ashmore and Brian Dolby played great defense in front of Reger to keep it a one-goal game. Loyola was called for holding with 43 seconds left in the first, but Green was unable to generate a shot on goal during the ensuing power play. Mac Zelazny drew a roughing penalty early in the second putting Green back on the power play, but despite several good chances, Green was unable to convert. Green kept up the offensive pressure, with Bobby Soudan giving Norehad a nice pass and then giving himself a wraparound chance on the rebound, and Gavin Randle finding Spencer Lifvendahl in front of the net for a near-tip. Dolby drew a trip giving Green another power play chance. Soudan got back to prevent a Loyola breakaway chance and Magnus Sivertson had a great keep on the other end of the ice before Norehad went to the box leading to 4-on-4 hockey for 28 seconds. Zelazny made a nice move to the net but his shot was saved. Loyola’s penalty expired putting Green on the penalty kill. Trent Kadin had a steal in the neutral zone and got the puck to Dolby who had a nice shorthanded chance, but his shot was saved. Loyola’s power play ended and Freedman got the puck into the Green zone generating good chances for Ashmore and Kochman before a bad bounce off a blocked shot led to a 2-on-0 Loyola breakaway. Baird hustled back and laid out to take away the shooting lane, but the puck took an unfortunate bounce off a Loyola player’s skate and into the net giving Loyola a 2-0 lead with 17 seconds left in the second. Green came out firing in the third, with Kadin finding Soudan in the slot, but his shot hit the post. Danny Pugliese got the puck to Freedman who was in front of the net, but his shot was also saved. Loyola also kept up the pressure and Reger continued to make great saves keeping Green in the game. John Kane had a nice blocked shot and Kadin was cross-checked, putting Green back on the power play. Green was unable to convert on the power play and despite continued offensive pressure, including with an extra attacker at the end of the third, would ultimately fall 2-0.