In a rematch of last year’s state championship game, New Trier Green once again bested neighbor and rival Loyola Gold, winning 4-1 in a Saturday night prime time matchup.
Mac Zelazny won the opening faceoff and Green got off to a fast start on both ends of the ice, with Magnus Sivertson missing just wide from the point and Kalev McCarthy throwing an old school hip check that sent a Loyola player sprawling to the ice. But Loyola would get on the board first at 13:36 in the first. Green continued to apply pressure, with McCarthy delivering a great pass to Charlie Acri, who was charging to the net with Danny Budington on a 2-on-1. Acri put a pass on Budington’s tape but the Loyola goalie made a good kick save. Ryan O’Rourke found McCarthy, who nearly bounced the puck in. John Kane had a breakaway chance that was saved, and John Babnik had a great pass to Simon Chong whose shot was also saved. Charlie Ware made a nice drop pass to Trent Kadin, but his shot was saved. Not to be outdone, Preston Watt made a great save on a Loyola breakaway chance. Sivertson drew a roughing call putting Green on its first power play, but Green was unable to convert. Johnny Hackett had a great back check at the end of the first to keep it a one-goal game.
Green came out strong in the second period, with Tyler Nolan making a great block on a Loyola chance, and Colin Kuker finding Ryan Gallagher at the other end of the ice, but his shot was sticked away high. Acri put in a rebound of a Brian Dolby shot to tie the game 1-1 at 12:57 in the second. Kane went to the box a minute later for charging, but Green successfully killed the penalty. A shot by O’Rourke was sticked away by the Loyola goalie into the crossbar. Clearly hearing his mother’s positive words of encouragement from the stands, Gallagher found the back of the net to give Green a 2-1 lead halfway through the period (Chong with the assist). Hackett got a nice stretch pass for a breakaway chance but was mauled with no call. Gallagher got called for roughing, earning the disapproval of his father from over 2,000 miles away. Green killed the penalty, and an O’Rourke rebound of a Chong shot in the final minute of the period gave Green a 3-1 lead heading into the locker room. Intermission entertainment was provided by the New Trier figure skating team, who impressed an audience more accustomed to brute force with their dazzling spins and jumps.
Loyola was called for slashing in the opening seconds of the third, but Green was unable to convert on the power play. Danny Pugliese had a good blocked shot. Gallagher got his own rebound, giving Green a three goal lead and possibly earning back the approval of his father. Green never let up the pressure, with Spencer Lifvendahl sacrificing his foot for a blocked shot and Kane sacrificing his entire body in drawing an interference call. Green would go on to take game 1 of this timeless rivalry with a final score of 4-1.
CORRECTION: The previous writeup misattributed the owner of the top-notch playlist from the York game. It was Bob Budington, not Rodney Watt. While Mr. Watt does occasionally find crowd-pleasers to include in his set, it is Mr. Budington who is an aficionado of early 2000s hip-hop.
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