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White loses 2nd game in a row.

By FLIP GAGERMAN, 11/07/18, 9:30AM CST



New Trier White lost it's 2nd consecutive game this past Wednesday 3-1 to Leyden.  Coming off a disappointing defeat to Lane Tech, one would have thought our boys would have come out with a sense of urgency.  White had a few chances early on, but really did not look crisp in any aspect of their play.  An unforced turnover in their own end, led to Leyden scoring first with just over 4 minutes left in the period as Jack Veenstra had no chance on the goal.  White looked lethargic through the period.  Passes were mishandled, shots were not taken and there was simply no "flow" to the game.  1-0 Leyden after the opening frame.

White did have a power play early in the second but was unable to get even 1 shot on goal.  There simply was no net front presence.  With defenseman McCarthy taking a penalty late in the frame, White needed to kill off the 2 minute minor.  Not 1 minute later, as Leyden was attempting to leave their zone, Isaiah Gagerman deftly forechecked the puck away from behind Leyden's goal and slid a beautiful pass to Evan Palatnick who neatly one timed the pass to even the score at 1.  As this reporter saw it, momentum seemed to turn on that play.  At the end of the second period, White had outshot their opponent 18-8.

Early in the final period, White had a golden opportunity to even the score.  Again, the power play generated little as Leyden's goalie made his saves easily with no one on White willing to "pay the price" to create traffic in front of the net.  Midway through the frame, Veenstra made a huge save to keep the deficit at 1.  With 7 minutes left in the game, Leyden's Kyle Lamphere snapped one past Veenstra just inside the blue line to make the score 2-1.  It was the only shot on goal by Leyden up to that point as they were mainly keeping 2 forwards back for the entire 3rd period.  Another give away in the defensive zone, led to Leyden's final goal to make the final 3-1.  Although White out shot Leyden 29-10, most of the chances came from the outside.  Maybe our boys were gripping their sticks a bit tight as coach Melton was none too happy with the overall play of his team.  Needless to say, there will be hard practices ahead of White's next opponent, former coach Schlessinger's Deerfiled team next Wednesday evening.

Notes:  Carbfest at the Palatnick's house on Tuesday November 6th.  Hopefully this will reinvigorate our boys for their showdown with Deerfield.