In their final meeting of the regular season, New Trier Green defeated Carmel Catholic 5-1 amidst the blinking arcade lights and faux butter smell of the Gurnee Mills mall. Green had several chances in the first, with the Carmel goalie saving shots by Graeme Paul and Simon Chong. The defense played strong as well, including Tyler Nolan chasing down a Carmel breakaway and breaking up the play with his (airborne) stick. Colin Kuker was called for a cross-check, but Green was able to kill the penalty and followed up with several strong shifts, with shots by John Kane, Danny Pugliese, and Ryan Gallagher. Johnny Hackett had a nice pass that just missed Trent Kadin. Green went on the power play late in the first, and Hackett tipped in a Dolby shot giving Green a 1-0 lead (Charlie Acri also with an assist) after one period of play. Green came out strong in the second. A Nolan rocket was tipped high by Kadin, and Kalev McCarthy’s shot went off the Carmel goalie’s mask. A Danny Budington shot was saved and a quick whistle prevented a rebound chance, but Budington later found Acri with a perfect pass and Acri buried the puck to give Green a 2-0 lead (Dolby also with an assist). Dolby was called for holding leaving Green shorthanded for just the second time, but Green killed the penalty. Magnus Sivertson drew iron - and an audible groan from his father. Mac Zelazny and Kane had a beautiful give-and-go on a 2-on-1, and a trailing Dolby buried a Kane rebound to make it 3-0. Another Green odd-man rush with Kuker, Spencer Lifvendahl, and Dolby led to a Kuker goal (Dolby with the assist) and a 4-0 lead in the waning seconds of the second period. Green found itself back on the power play at the beginning of the third but was unable to convert. Charlie Ware found Kane in front of the net for a 5-0 lead and all-important running clock. Green kept up the pressure with shots by Kadin, Nolan, and Ryan O’Rourke, but the Carmel goalie was strong in net. Carmel would score halfway through the third but Green would go on to win 5-1.
Tag(s): Green Varsity