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Green Beats Loyola in Final Regular Season Meeting

By Jackie Kadin, 01/13/19, 9:15AM CST

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New Trier Green beat Loyola Gold 4-1 in their final meeting of the regular season in a fast and physical Saturday night game broadcast live from the packed Winnetka Ice Arena, with Neil Sivertson providing the music and Eric Lifvendahl living out his Eddie Olczyk dreams and serving as announcer. On the first shift, Trent Kadin had a great shot on goal that was kicked away by the Loyola goalie, and Mark Ashmore just missed connecting on the rebound chance. A point blank save by Preston Watt and a great stick by Gavin Randle to break up a 2-on-1 Loyola chance kept the game scoreless. Ryan Gallagher took a shot to the head and then discovered that the best revenge for an uncalled penalty is to put in a rebound, giving Green a 1-0 lead (Jakob Travis and Spencer Lifvendahl with the assists). Loyola was called for too many men, putting Green on the power play at the end of the first and beginning of the second, but Green was unable to convert. Both Michael Brunso and Tyler Baird drew iron early in the second. Watt made a great save that took him out of the net, but Danny Pugliese saved a goal with some impressive goaltending of his own. Loyola would tie it up with 7:43 left in the second during another scrum in front of the net. Green came out firing in the third, successfully killing a penalty before Bobby Soudan and Travis had a 2-on-1 chance, with trailer Jack Norehad burying a rebound to give Green a lead they would not relinquish. Great defensive play by John Kane took away a Loyola breakaway chance. Soudan delivered a beautiful drop pass to Gallagher for a shot that was saved. Kadin drew a penalty for a hit to the head (a couple Advil and he’ll be fine), and a Soudan wraparound on the ensuing power play gave Green a 3-1 lead. Soudan also scored an empty netter (Henry Freedman with the assist), giving Green a 4-1 victory (but spoiling Steve “Nostradamus” Ashmore’s prediction of a 3-1 win). Thanks to all the fans for coming out on a snowy Saturday night to cheer on Green. For those who missed the action, the game will be available on demand on Comcast. Next up: Thursday night at 8:05 pm versus Barrington at Wilmette Centennial.