New Trier Green bounced back from their shootout loss to GBN by defeating the (grand old) Dukes of York 9-0 with Preston Watt debuting his new pads in his shutout win. Green killed an early penalty before John Kane ripped a shot top shelf from the point with Ryan Gallagher and Dylan Kochman screening the goalie. Despite an impressive leap, Brian Dolby was unable to snag a puck that sailed over his head at the blue line, but Watt made a great save on the ensuing York breakaway. Dolby delivered a beautiful tape-to-tape pass to Gallagher who then got the puck right on Kochman’s stick, but his shot was saved. Mac Zelazny had a steal at center ice and made a great move to the net, getting the York goalie to commit before he put the puck in the net to make it 2-0. A York opportunity coming off a Green turnover was snuffed by a good stick by Danny Pugliese. Kochman had a good forecheck and got the puck to Gallagher, who buried it to give Green a 3-0 lead. Green was on the power play at the end of the first and start of the second, but was unable to convert. Another Green power play 3 minutes later was successful when Tommy Kempf scored on a rebound of a Tyler Baird shot from the blue line, and a Kochman tip of a Kane shot (Dolby also with an assist) made it 5-0. Bobby Soudan took advantage of a scrum in front of the York net and went top shelf to give Green a 6-0 lead (Spencer Lifvendahl with the assist). Soudan showed off his defensive abilities with a great backcheck to neutralize a York odd man rush, and Baird laid out to take away the shooting lane on another York odd man rush. Trent Kadin rebounded a Kempf shot to make it 7-0 at the end of the second period, and a Henry Freedman goal made it 8-0 on a beautiful set-up by Patrick Chang and Zelazny. Zelazny was called for roughing (it might have actually been pretext for failing the middle school “fingertips must be longer than your shorts” rule) and birthday boy Jack Norehad had a good shorthanded chance before the penalty was killed. Mark Ashmore almost made it the entire game without a trip to the box, but was called on a coincidental penalty late in the third. The penalty was killed, and a Kochman goal following a great move to the net made it a 9-0 win.
Tag(s): Green Varsity