New Trier Green beat Hinsdale Central 6-2 (goals by John Kane, Danny Pugliese, Mark Ashmore, Patrick Chang, Trent Kadin, and Ryan Gallagher) and Notre Dame 4-0 (goals by Kadin (2), Dylan Kochman, and Kane), and lost 3-2 to Chaminade (goals by Jakob Travis and Tommy Kempf) before meeting Stevenson in a quarterfinal game. Preston Watt was tested early and made a couple strong saves. Despite several good oportunities, including a shorthanded chance by Ashmore and a Michael Brunso shot from the top of the circle that was saved, the first period ended with no score. Ashmore got Green on the board first early in the second with a rebound into the open net off a Kempf shot, prompting Steve Ashmore to ask why he can’t take out the garbage at home like that. Travis showed off his grasp of angles as he banked the puck in off a skate from behind the net to make it 2-0. Kane was wrestled to the ice, pinned down, and then grabbed by the leg like Offset trying to hold on to Cardi B... and somehow was sent to the box. Karmic justice was served as Stevenson failed to get off a single shot during their power play and Green had several, including a great shorthanded chance by Chang. A Logan Izenstark goal made it 3-0, which would be the final score.
Green routed Benet in the evening semifinal 9-2 with Owen Reger in the net. Ashmore put in a 4-goal performance, as he was clearly well-rested from not participating in household chores. Mac Zelazny, Kempf, Kane, Henry Freedman, and Tyler Baird also scored. Five games over three days seemed to have caught up with Green as they came out flat in the final against Glenbrook North. Both teams were called for several penalties in the first. On a Green power play, Baird had a nice keep with his glove at the blue line, drawing raucous cheers from his sisters (special shoutout to all the siblings - and of course Superfan Steve - who came out to cheer on the team during the tournament). Green had a good chance early in the second as Soudan and Travis had a 2-on-1, but Soudan’s pass just missed Travis. GBN scored first, but Baird tied it up on a top shelf rocket from the point on a great pass from Zelazny. GBN retook the lead on a rebound after Watt made the initial stop, making it 2-1 after two periods of play. Magnus Sivertson kept it a 1-goal game with a great soccer kick save in the crease after Watt moved out of the net to make a play. Despite some good chances toward the end of the game, an empty netter sealed GBN’s 3-1 win.
Happy new year and enjoy the break! Next game: January 9 against GBS.
Tag(s): Green Varsity