The Hoosier Cup returned to the North Shore as New Trier Green defeated the DeMatha Stags from the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League 4-0 in the championship game. The road to the championship began with an 8-1 win over Bethel Park with Preston Watt in net. Ryan Gallagher got Green on the board first with an assist from eventual tournament MVP Mark Ashmore with 9:45 left in the first, and Gallagher returned the favor to Ashmore 17 seconds later. A breakaway goal cut the lead to 1, but Green added 5 goals in the second period: Ashmore from Henry Freedman, John Kane on the power play, Brian Dolby unassisted, Danny Pugliese in the slot after he extricated himself from a hook (Patrick Chang with the assist), and Spencer Lifvendahl from his knees in front of the net (Trent Kadin with the assist). The third period got a little chippy with coincidental penalties, but a beautiful pass from Dolby to the trailing Dylan Kochman (Kadin also with an assist) would be the final goal of the game.
Green defeated Dayton 4-1 the next morning with Owen Reger making a couple good early saves to keep Green in the game until the offense woke up. Jack Norehad knocked in a rebound of a Gavin Randle shot, but the goal was waved off. Bobby Soudan sniped the puck from down low to get Green on the board with 1:23 left in the first (Randle with the assist), and a Gallagher goal a minute later (Ashmore with the assist) made it 2-0 after one period of play. Dayton scored a power play goal in the second to cut the lead in half. Mac Zelazny saved a goal in the crease, and Jack Eggemeyer had a good rebound chance at the other end, but the game remained 2-1 after the second period. On a third period power play, Magnus Sivertson skated the puck into the zone with speed and found a patient Ashmore in front of the net, who buried the puck to make it 3-1. Green’s final goal was a changeup that trickled in during a scrum in front of the net featuring Soudan, Dolby, and Kochman.
In the final game of the preliminary round, Green defeated the Penn Kingsmen 6-1. A great defensive play by Dolby to take away a Penn breakaway and strong saves by Watt on a Penn shot and rebound kept the game scoreless until a Freedman goal (Sivertson and Chang with the assists) gave Green a 1-0 lead midway through the first. Penn tied it up with 2:54 left in the first, but a Green power play goal (Norehad tip of a Kane shot from the point, Dolby also with an assist) gave Green the lead back after one. Freedman scored a shorthanded goal early in the second (Tyler Baird with the assist), and Ashmore had a 1-on-3 shorthanded chance before Norehad scored another shorty (Soudan with the assist), prompting an appearance from the Green penalty-killing snake. Ashmore made it 5-1 (Gallagher and Randle with the assists) and a Logan Izenstark goal (Michael Brunso and Kane with the assists) made it a 6-1 final. Izenstark was evaluated for both upper and lower body injuries after being taken down by Dolby in celebration.
Green defeated York 10-1 in the semifinals, with Reger in net and goals by Soudan, Zelazny, Freedman, Baird (2), Norehad (2), Tommy Kempf, Ashmore, and Kochman. The finals saw Green meeting a strong DeMatha team that had beaten Glenbrook North in their semifinal match-up. The first period remained scoreless until the final minute when Kadin drew a penalty and Kempf knocked in a Gallagher rebound on the ensuing power play (Baird also with the assist). Ashmore and Kempf had a nice give-and-go chance in the second, but the last pass just missed Ashmore’s stick. A Gallagher goal with an assist by Kempf made it 2-0. Freedman had a blocked shot and scoring chance on the other end of the ice early in the third, and Watt made a great save after a turnover in the Green zone to keep it 2-0. A Lifvendahl rebound of a Kadin shot made it a 3-0 game with 5:07 left in the game. Two Green penalties and an empty net for DeMatha made it 6-on-3 hockey for the final minute+ of the game, but an empty netter by Dolby (after being stuffed by the post on his initial wraparound try) sealed Green’s 4-0 win and tournament championship.
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