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Goalies Rule!

By NTW, 01/19/14, 4:30PM CST

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In its first game back from Winter Break, White beat Carmel High School 3-2 on January 12 in a hard fought game at NSA.  After spotting the Corsairs a 2-0 lead, White stormed back in the second period when winger, Michael Graham, assisted by Alternate Captain, Chris Creamer, went top shelf on a beautiful backhand on the glove side.  Jack Raith, assisted by Matt Mulhern, evened the score with a wrist-shot past Carmel's goalie.  Graham, assisted by Daniel Hauser, scored another goal late in the third period to secure the victory.  Ryan Kochman, was superb between the pipes, and the defensive effort was outstanding.

Later in the week, White battled to a 2-2 tie on January 15 against a very talented combined team from Buffalo Grove, Hersey and Wheeling.  Ryan Kochman stood on his head in net and made several strong stops throughout the game, including turning back a breakaway with less than thirty seconds left in the game.  Charlie Burton, assisted by Matt Mulhern, opened the scoring for White in the second period with a wrist-shot over the shoulder of the BG/H/W goalie to make it 1-0.  Less than a minute later, Jack Raith, assisted by Burton, found the back of the net to make it 2-0.  Although BG/H/W was able to tie the game with two pretty goals late in the third period, it was an extremely well-played game by the entire White team.

The next night White beat Highland Park 3-1.  Goalie Everest Bradford was the star of the night with an amazing performance in net.  Defenseman Chris Sonnenschein opened the scoring in the first period with a beautiful shot from the point that whizzed past Highland Park’s goalie.  Sonnenschein was assisted by Alternate Captain, Jack Cadden.  Later in the period, Jack Raith, assisted by Daniel Hauser scored to put White ahead 2-0.  Early in the second period, Charlie Burton, assisted by Matt Mulhern brought the score to 3-0.  White’s defense fought off three penalty kills in the second period to prevent their opponents from scoring.  Late in the third period, Highland Park managed to slip one past Bradford during yet another power play, but it was too little too late.  It was a huge week of hockey for the boys in White, and a great way to open the regular season!