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Fight to the Finish

By Patrick Clarke, 02/14/19, 6:15PM CST

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In an Illinois State Tournament game, Blue opposed Loyola Maroon at local Winnetka ice rink. The 9 o'clock hour game featured desire and speed from the drop of the puck. Blue was quite dominant in the first six minutes, yet the score remained at a 0-0 lock until 7 minutes into the contest. Yet, from that point on, play was level with chances on both sides until just before the period had ended when the puck found the back of the net and Maroon took a 1-0 lead into the second frame. Less than a minute into the second period, a successful effort by Dolgun, unassisted, tied the score at 1-1. Yet, a tenacious Maroon team regained the lead just a minute later. Yet the period was not to end that way as with 4 minutes remaining, Blue squared the contest on a Suzue-Pan goal assisted by Goff and Wright. The intermission brought about a resurfacing and the contest subsequently resumed tied at two goals a piece. Halfway through a continued fast and fiercely played third period, Walker used a backhand to give Blue a 3-2 lead, assisted by Schlom. Loyola produced an equalizer a few minutes later and the battle was sent into "sudden-death" overtime.  On a play that placed a lone Loyola player in front of the net, the game was ended by an opposition goal, thus ending league and Illinois play for Blue. Lee faced about 40 shots with great poise and spirited, heartfelt effort.  The fight during the game was extremely noticable and quite a tribute to a team which had faced season long adversity without a let-down. Adversity will be faced by all of these warriors again during their lives, but this season showed that they met the challenge with a recognizable fight to resolve in a most admirable and encouraged way. Thank you to the coaches who helped in their efforts and showed them that leadership, as well, was at the forefront. Well wishes to the seniors in their upcoming transitions in life, well done on your youth and high school hockey accomplishments.  To those with more time at the Winnetka campus, our well wishes for continued success as we look forward to seeing them once again on the local ice and in the community.  A tournament in South Bend, Indiana this weekend is Blue's last stop before the season concludes.