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White ties BGHW 3-3

By FLIP GAGERMAN, 01/14/19, 2:15PM CST


Hard earned point

New Trier White tied BGHW 3-3 last evening, earning a valuable point with 2 games remaining in the season.  Both teams came out sloppy with no flow to start the contest.  Early on, White had a 5 on 3 power play but for only 30 seconds as Liam Voycey was whisted for interference.  BGHW opened the scoring due to a bad change by White.  Eric Jurpiewski scored on a partial break away and beat Jack Veenstra just inside the far post.  Although White outshot BGHW 8-4 in the period, our boys could not muster any momentum due to sloppy play in the neutral zone.  Too many turnovers allowed BGHW to simply gain possession and dump the puck back into White's zone. 1-0 BGHW after the opening frame.

Veenstra made 2 huge saves to keep the deficit at 1 at the start of the middle frame.  Shortly thereafter, White hit the crossbar but the puck ever so slowly did not cross the line.  White slowly got some momentum with great forechecking as zone time increased a bunch in the latter stages of the middle frame.  With 3 seconds remaining, Acri won the offensive zone draw and passed to Buddington who rammed it home at the buzzer!  1-1 after the second period.

BGHW took the lead back at 4:22 of the third period on some sloppy defensive coverage.  Not 4 minutes later the captain's teamed up for White, as Gagerman's pass to Nolan, snapped one home, with just under 7 minutes remaining to  even the score at 2. Things got wild and wacky shortly thereafter.  BGHW'S Nolan Newash was given a game misconduct AND a 5 minute major for an elbow to the head to Trey Bess.  It was a few minutes before Bess was able to get on his feet and gingerly skate off the ice.  Although White generated chances, it was BGHW who took the lead making it 3-2 with 5:31 remaining in the game.  White's never say "die" attitude prevailed as just 20 seconds later and on the power play, Buddington put in a rebound as intense forechecking created many chances.  There were a total of 16 penalties in the game as BGHW was chippy throughout.  White certainly did not back down and played just as physical as the home team. With just over 2 minutes left, Gagerman was whistled for a "phantom" holding penalty. Our boys were up to the task and prevented BGHW from any quality chances.  White wound up outshooting BGHW 34-23 for the game.  Final score White 3 BGHW 3.

Game notes:  This was the first conference game ending in a tie for White.

Next up: Lake Forest on Wednesday (for all the marbles)!!