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New Trier Green Beats OPRF 7-2

By jackie Kadin, 11/20/19, 2:45PM CST

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New Trier Green’s offense came out strong in their Saturday night game against Oak Park River Forest, with Graeme Paul finding a charging Magnus Sivertson, whose shot was saved. Charlie Ware blew by the OPRF defense, but his shot was sticked away by the OPRF goalie. A Tyler Nolan shot from the point was almost tipped in by Trent Kadin, and a Brian Dolby shot from the point was saved. Max Lee made a good save at the other end of the ice before Colin Kuker delivered a nice drop pass to Simon Chong, whose shot was saved. Spencer Lifvendahl had a big hit behind the OPRF net. Danny Pugliese blasted a shot from the point that was almost tipped in by Mac Zelazny. Kalev McCarthy had a nice poke check on a one-on-one before John Kane got Green on the board with 4:07 left in the first, with assists by Lifvendahl and Ware. Lee made a great save on an OPRF breakaway and the rebound chance. John Babnik drew iron, but Charlie Acri was able to put the rebound in to give Green a 2-goal lead. Ryan Gallagher went top-shelf, but the goal was disallowed because of a crease violation by Jack Dolby, the “bad” alter ego of Brian. Paul went to the box near the end of the first, leaving Green shorthanded at the end of the period and the beginning of the second, but Green was able to kill the penalty. A Kuker goal early in the second (Kane and Kadin with the assists) made it a 3-0 game. An unassisted goal by Kadin in the slot and a Babnik goal (assisted by Danny Budington) made it 5-0 and led to an OPRF goalie change. OPRF was called for roughing at 9:53 left in the second, putting Green on its first power play. Acri hit the post, but Green was unable to convert. Ware blasted a shot from the point and Gallagher had a beautiful tip at an angle that would have made his geometry teacher proud (Sivertson also with an assist), making it 6-0. Kane went to the box for roughing, putting Green back on the penalty kill. OPRF got a 3-on-1 chance and Lee made the initial save, but OPRF knocked in the rebound to make it 6-1. Kadin hit the post twice in the same shift. Christmas came early as the teams declined to cut the ice AND the third period featured a running clock. Nolan drew iron - the fifth post-hitting of the night for Green. Zelazny found Johnny Hackett for a one-timer that was saved. Lee made another save on an OPRF breakaway. Lifvendahl went to the box for high sticking and Ware scored a flying shorthanded goal with a rebound of a Dolby blast (clearly from the “good” Brian) to make it a 7-1 final.