In the State quarterfinal game, New Trier Green came out firing against a tough York team that pushed them to 3 games in the SHL playoffs. Gavin Randle made a great defensive play to take away an early York 2-on-1 chance. John Kane fired a rocket on goal that the York goalie just got a piece of, and then hustled all the way back to the other end of the ice to prevent a York breakaway. Trent Kadin shot from the blue line and a Patrick Chang redirect just missed. Bobby Soudan had a nice steal and almost put the puck between the York goalie’s pads. Green got on the board first on a pass from Magnus Sivertson to Jack Norehad in front of the net to make it 1-0. Green spent most of the first period in their offensive zone, with a stretch pass from Tyler Baird to Chang whose shot was saved and a Mac Zelazny feed just missing Spencer Lifvendahl in front of the net. A York rebound goal 20 seconds into the second period to tie the game 1-1 ignited the York fans, but Green kept up the pressure. Some nice passing from Baird to Henry Freedman to Dylan Kochman led to a great shot that was saved. Danny Pugliese ripped a shot that was sticked away high. Mark Ashmore drew a hook, a penalty that was originally called by Mrs. Chang in the stands. Green debuted a new look on the power play with great results as Freedman scored on a Brian Dolby pass (Baird also with an assist) to break the tie. Another York penalty (not called by Mrs. Chang) led to a second Green power play. Kochman and Freedman had a great 2-on-1 chance, but the York goalie made a highlight reel save on a Freedman shot and Green was unable to convert before the York penalty expired. Michael Brunso showed great speed in skating the length of the rink to save icing, leading to a Pugliese shot off the pipe. Green kept the puck in their offensive zone and Logan Izenstark found the back of the net to make it 3-1 (Kane with the assist). Ashmore was called for cross checking, putting Green on the penalty kill. Zelazny got taken down on a breakaway shorthanded chance but despite the protests of Mrs. Zelazny and his sisters, there was no call for a penalty. Green would kill the penalty and go back on the kill when Soudan went to the box following some extracurricular activity on the ice. Baird had a shorthanded breakaway chance and was taken down right in front of the ref, but again there was no call. Green killed the penalty and on the next shift, Dolby redirected a shot from Freedman in the high slot, making it 4-1. Seconds later and during the same shift, Freedman found the back of the net to make it 5-1 (Kochman and Dolby with the assists). Kadin forced a turnover at the start of the third and Chang scored unassisted giving Green a 6-1 lead and a running clock. Green never let up pressure, with Randle and Tommy Kempf just missing shots and Dolby delivering a huge hit right in front of the Green bench. Preston Watt played a strong game in net despite the attempted distraction of a York fan, who may need to be told that despite what his mom told him, nobody actually has eyes in the back of their head.
Tag(s): Green Varsity