New Trier White made one of the greatest comebacks in Trevian history last night by scoring 4 unanswered goals to beat shell shocked Lake Forest 4-3 at Winnetka Ice Arena. The 2 powerhouses in the Champions League squared off for basically a "winner take all" for the conference Championship.
White certainly did not start "on time" as Lake Forest scored at the 20 second mark. A rowdy Lake Forest crowd cheered loudly as the Scouts dominated play early on. It was as if our boys had their feet in the sand. Six minutes later, Lake Forest would make the score 2-0 as Samuel Sheffield garnered his second point in the period on a nice feed from Carter Blake. If not for some huge saves from John Shenton, the score could have easily been 4-0 or 5-0. White did have a few high quality chances but goalie Colson Stuts made three point blank saves to keep White off the board. Shots in the first period were 8-6 in favor of White, however they were truly out played through most of the frame by the visitors.
The home team could not capitalize on their power play (2), in the first period, but, around the 8 minute mark of the second period, White finally got on the board as John Hackett scored on a beautiful snap shot that beat the goalie glove side, as Charlie Acri's feed was fabulous. Not 40 seconds later, and on the power play, defensman Louie Florida ripped one home, glove side as well, with assists going to Ryan O'rourke and Charlie Acri. One could sense the tide turning in White's favor. Lake Forest, who once owned a 3 goal lead, must have begun feeling the pressure as in this reporters view, one could see the "whites" in the visitors eyes! The Trevians were already down a defenseman, (Jake Martin), broken wrist, when Isaiah Gagerman did not play most of the middle frame with cramping in his back. White literally went with 4 defensmen in the middle period, a truly gutty effort.
Through most of the first half of the final frame, chances were fairly even on both sides. It truly was a wide open affair, much different than our contests with Loyola. On a side note, Lake Forest used the delayed entry on their power play(s), and successfully entered the zone which seemed to take our boys by surprise. Our coaching staff picked up on the strategy early on and our staple "trap" was tweaked to offset the visitors strategy. This worked wonderfully as entries on their subsequent power plays were not easy. White's comeback continued and on the power play, with just over 6 minutes left to play, John Hackett tied the score at 3 on a terrific passing play as Acri and Nolan waited patiently to feed Hackett for a "tap in". Not finished, and with much grit, gumption, and sure will, our boys finished the night off in style. With 3 minutes remaining, and (again) on the power play, Ryan O'Rourke knocked home the game winner off a rebound from Johnny Hackett who clearly was the star of the game with his 3 point effort!
It truly seemed hours ago that Lake Forest was so giddy and loose on the bench early in the first period with their 3 goal lead. No one could have imagined this amazing comeback victory! As Mark Twain once said, " reports of my demise have been extremely exaggerated". With this storybook ending, White has positioned itself needing 1 point to win the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. As fate would have it, Deerfield and coach Schlesinger stand in the way this Saturday evening at Twin Rinks. Although the final chapter has not been written, it is clear our boys should be up to the task at hand. One could not ask for a better ending!
Injury update: Trey Bess out on Concussion protocol. Graeme Paul, still recovering from his broken collarbone. Jake Martin recovering from his broken wrist.
Next up: At Deerfield this Saturday evening.
Tag(s): White Varsity