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New Trier Green Beats GBS

By Jackie Kadin , 10/13/19, 12:45PM CDT

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In front of a big home crowd and with the bumping tunes of Dylan Watt in the background (the playlist was too good to be Rodney Watt’s handiwork), New Trier Green beat Glenbrook South 6-4 on Wednesday night. Max Lee made a great save in the opening minute on a GBS breakaway. Simon Chong and Brian Dolby were sent to the box on consecutive penalties, leaving Green 2 men down for over a minute, but Green was able to kill both penalties. A Ryan O’Rourke penalty gave GBS another power play, and this time they converted giving GBS a 1-0 lead at 12:27 in the first. Less than a minute later, John Babnik tipped in a Dolby blast from the point to tie the game at 1 apiece. A GBS penalty at 5:05 in the first gave Green its first power play, and Green took the lead on a John Kane goal (Danny Pugliese and Trent Kadin with the assists). O’Rourke scored unassisted on the next shift to make it a 3-1 game. Green went back on the power play when GBS was called for interference, but GBS scored a shorthanded goal to cut the lead to 1 at 3:34 in the first. The period came full circle as Lee saved another GBS breakaway with less than a minute left in the first, keeping it 3-2 after 1 period of play. Kadin extended the lead back to 2 with a snap shot that trickled in off the GBS goalie’s glove in the opening minute of the second period (Spencer Lifvendahl and Mac Zelazny with the assists). Magnus Sivertson had a good clear in front of the net after a Green turnover, but GBS scored at 11:18 in the second to make it a 4-3 game. Dolby and Lifvendahl were called for consecutive penalties giving GBS another 5-on-3 chance, but Green was able to kill both penalties, with a good block by Pugliese and clear by Sivertson, and strong play in the net by Lee. Tyler Nolan blocked a point blank GBS shot to keep it 4-3 after 2. Early in the third, a patient Charlie Acri behind the net found Pugliese in the slot and delivered a beautiful pass, and Pugliese buried the puck to give Green a 5-3 lead (Chong also with assist). GBS cut the lead back to 1 at 12:03 as they skated around a flat-footed Green defense. Charlie Acri had a great backcheck on a GBS 2-on-1 to take away a GBS chance. A Danny Budington power play goal assisted by Acri was insurance for Green’s 6-4 win.