New Trier Green went 4-0 at the Hoosier Cup, outscoring its opponents 34-6 before mutually agreeing with finals opponent Glenbrook North to forego the championship game. Green got off to a quick start Friday afternoon against Lake Central, with Brian Dolby, Colin Kuker, and Spencer Lifvendahl finding themselves on an odd-man rush, but the final pass just missed Lifvendahl. Mac Zelazny scored in the slot (Trent Kadin with the assist) to make it a 1-0 game. Goals by Charlie Acri (assisted by Johns Babnik and Kane) and Charlie Ware (assisted by Danny Budington and Magnus Sivertson) made it 3-0 after 1 period of play. Green started the second on a penalty kill and Magnus Sivertson had a great shorthanded chance before the penalty was killed. Babnik made it 4-0 (assisted by Acri and Kane), and a Sivertson shot from the point was tipped by Johnny Hackett (Dolby also with an assist) to make it 5-0. Kuker found Ryan Gallagher in front of the net for a great chance that was saved. A Dolby blast from the point (Sivertson with the assist) earned style points for knocking the goalie’s water bottle off the top of the net, gave Green a 6-0 lead, and led to a Lake Central goalie change. Green gave the new goalie a rude welcome as less than 30 seconds later, Dolby fired another rocket that Acri rebounded and Babnik poked in to make it a 7-0 game. Budington found Lifvendahl in front of the net for a chance that was saved, and Zelazny and Dolby had a good shorthanded chance before the second period expired. Lake Central got on the board early in the third, and scored again to make it 7-2 after Green was unable to convert on a 5-on-3 power play (birthday boy Ryan O’Rourke had a good chance during 5-on-4 play). Dolby made it an 8-2 game as he found a small gap stickside from the point with less than 2 minutes left (Sivertson and Budington with the assists), and a one-timer from Gallagher on a beautiful pass from Kalev McCarthy (Tyler Nolan also with an assist) made it a 9-2 final.
Green also started off fast against St. John Jesuit. Kane got Green on the board in the first minute (Babnik with the assist). Nolan hit the crossbar before Danny Pugliese fired a rocket from the point to make it 2-0 (Budington with the assist). Lifvendahl showed off a beautiful toe drag and passed the puck to Budington, whose first shot was saved before knocking in his own rebound to put Green up 3-0. Gallagher and Simon Chong had a good 2-on-1 chance, but Chong’s shot was saved. Birthday boy McCarthy mustered up 17 years of pent-up energy to unleash a huge hit on an unsuspecting St. John’s player. On a later penalty kill, Budington had a steal at the blue line and executed a graceful arabesque in front of the net before scoring a shorthanded goal, and Max Lee had a nice save at the end of the kill to make it 4-0 at the end of the first. Gallagher went bar down on a pass from Budington to give Green a 5-0 lead, and Babnik (assisted by Kane) made it 6-0 on a power play. Chong got a nice pass from Kadin to give Green a 7-0 lead. Sivertson was called for interference, and Lee made a great save on a shot from the point as the penalty was killed. Acri found Babnik in front of the net, who buried the puck to make it 8-0 (Kane also with an assist). St. John’s scored to make it an 8-1 game before Kadin won a board battle and got the puck to Pugliese, who passed it to Zelazny who was charging into Green’s offensive zone. Zelazny’s shot was saved, but Pugliese got the rebound to make it 9-1. Kane went to the box for a high-stick, and an elbowing call against St. John’s led to 4-on-4 play. O’Rourke found the back of the net to make it 10-1 (McCarthy with the assist) and also drew a penalty after his goal to give Green a man advantage. Acri got the puck to Dolby, who scored a power play goal to make it 11-1. On the other end of the ice, Lee made a great save on a breakaway chance. Sivertson went top shelf on a nice cross-ice pass from McCarthy to make it 12-1 and the end of two periods of play. In the third period, Kane tipped a shot from Dolby from the point to give Green another power play goal and a 13-1 lead. Kadin went bar down but the refs called no goal, giving Green a 13-1 win.
In Saturday’s late game, the Edina Hornets took a 1-0 lead in the first minute. Green went on a power play less than a minute later, and Zelazny found Dolby at the point, who fired the puck into the net to tie it up. Kadin showed off a nice toe drag and got the puck to Nolan at the point, but his shot went just wide. Dolby delivered a great pass to a breaking Gallagher who scored the go-ahead goal. Back on the power play, Kane scored unassisted to make it 3-1. The game got chippy, with the Hornets not showing any signs of “Minnesota nice.” Green started the second period on a penalty kill, but Preston Watt made a great save on a point blank shot before Green killed the penalty. Graeme Paul knocked in a rebound of a Kadin shot to give Green a 4-1 lead. Gallagher went bar down on a breakaway to make it 5-1, prompting Mrs. Gallagher to muse that perhaps he should have broken his hand earlier in the season (note to Gallagher: in the event of a future slump, sleep with one eye open and hide all hard objects). Angry Hornets abounded during the third period, with one player being assessed a match penalty after boarding Budington and then kicking him with his skate. Gallagher’s hat-trick attempt later in the period hit the crossbar, and Hackett took a $300 slap shot as his blade went airborne into the Compton rafters. Green’s 5-1 win sent them into the semifinals.
Green started off slowly against DeMatha Catholic, going on a penalty kill early. The penalty killing unit could not clear the puck, forcing Lee to make a couple good saves before they could make a change with only a few seconds remaining on the kill. Kadin drew an elbowing call, putting Green on a power play. Green spent almost the entire power play in the offensive zone but some sloppy passing prevented Green from converting. Budington and Lifvendahl had a good 2-on-1 chance, but Lifvendahl’s shot went just wide. Chong found Dolby at the point, whose goal got Green on the board with 4 minutes left in the first (Hackett also with an assist). Babnik scored a power play goal with one minute left in the first (Zelazny and Acri with the assists) to give Green a 2-0 lead after one period of play. At the start on the second, Lee made a great save on a one-timer. Babnik and Kane had a 2-on-1 and a great pass from Babnik allowed Kane to finish on his backhand to make it 3-0 (Acri also with an assist). Acri got a great pass from Babnik to give Green a 4-0 lead (Kane also with an assist). DeMatha would get on the board with 3 minutes left in second, but Gallagher made a great move to the net and got the puck to Acri, who sent it back to Gallagher with a beautiful pass, and Gallagher buried it to make it 5-1 at the end of the second. Kadin went five-hole on his backhand, making it 6-1 (Zelazny and Touchdown Jesus’s hockey brother with the assists). DeMatha would score once more before Budington knocked in a rebound of a Gallagher shot during a power play, giving Green a 7-2 win and sweep of the tournament.
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