New Trier Green, perhaps showing signs of rust after a week+ layoff, got off to a slow start against Glenbrook North, allowing a goal off a bouncing puck in the opening minute of the game. GBN would extend the lead to 2 after a turnover in the NTG zone less than 3 minutes later. Consecutive minor penalties put NTG on the penalty kill for 4 minutes, and Bobby Soudan had a shorthanded breakaway chance that was sticked away high before NTG successfully killed off both penalties. Trent Kadin knocked a GBN player off the puck, and Patrick Chang beat 3 players to get to it and dish it to Jakob Travis for a shot into an open net to cut the lead to 1 after 1 period of play. Preston Watt made a great save after a turnover in the NTG zone early in the second to keep it a 1-goal game, and Ryan Gallagher scored the equalizer off a beautiful feed from Mark Ashmore. Unfortunately, the tie would be short-lived as a GBN breakaway on the next play allowed GBN to retake a 3-2 lead. NTG kept up the pressure, with a charging Tommy Kempf having a great chance that was saved and Gavin Randle hitting the side of the net. Brian Dolby made a great defensive play to keep it a 1-goal game, and John Kane had consecutive shots from the point, with one going just wide and the other being snagged out of the air in an acrobatic move by the GBN goalie. Ashmore was called for roughing early in the third, but a GBN hooking penalty led to 4-on-4 hockey for 1:05 before NTG went on the power play. Chang drew a tripping penalty, leading to a 5-on-3 advantage, and NTG capitalized when Danny Pugliese found Gavin Randle along the blue line for a one-timer - not too shabby for Randle’s return to the ice after an upper body injury (Henry Freedman also with an assist). Pugliese went top shelf off the post from the point to give NTG its first lead of the game, and NTG would go on to win 4-3.
Tag(s): Green Varsity