Blue faced off against GBN on Friday night at NSIA. The partisan crowd witnessed a pretty even first period with GBN taking a 1-0 lead with just 4 minutes to play. Just a minute into the second, GBN found the net to stretch their lead to 2-0. Blue answered quickly as just over a minute later as what was recorded as a Bunge goal unassisted brought the team to within one. GBN fought back to regain a 2 goal advantage before the third. Having many chances, Blue was unable to show up on the scoreboard again and GBN added one more for a 4-1 defeat of Blue. The team will be facing another challenge this week as semester exams will be administered. Go Blue!
On Wednesday night Blue took on Stevenson at local venue Centennial in Wilmette. The first period was even with a few spans of Blue domination. Stevenson scored first only to be answered by a Baldwin tally, assisted by Finks. The first period ended tied at 1-1. The second period proved a little more difficult as opposition goals totaled five on as many as 22 shot on goaltender Lee. The third period was back and forth and only a lone goal by Stevenson hit the score sheet, finalizing their victory.
On Saturday night, Blue took on Fenwick in a non-league game which was also host to Senior night. Blue got off to a positive start as Wright was able to direct a Ware pass for the first goal of the game. The scoring was contagious as Dolgun secured goal number two for Blue, unassisted. The momentum carried over into period 2 as Duris found the net assisted by Shrier and Wright. For the fourth goal, Gardiner converted a Dolgun, Suzue-Pan pass play to give Blue a 4-0 lead. Fenwick answered twice and sent the game into the third with a 4-2 Blue lead. Fenwick made it interesting, shrinking Blue's lead to just a goal, but a Ware empty netter with an assist from Walker sealed the deal with Blue claiming a 5-3 victory.
A warm Blue congratulations to our seniors (parents and families): Clarke (3), Bunge (7), Suzue-Pan (10), Kenny (38), McDonald (50), Wright (71), Schlom (79), Walker (84), Richards (95), Townsend (98) , James (99) and Dolgun.
Men, congratulations on your selection to the 2018-2019 New Trier Hockey Team! You are part of one of the strongest high school hockey programs in the country and should be very proud of your accomplishment. Playing competitive high school hockey is a major commitment and requires complete discipline and dedication. Adhering to the New Trier Hockey Club Athletic Code of Conduct and the Academic Eligibility Policy is the cornerstone of our success and must be followed at all times.
If you feel you cannot make this commitment at this time and would like to decline your selection, you must notify your coaches and the Hockey Director within 24 hours of your team posting.
Again, congratulations and best of luck this season!
-- Mike Brunso, NTHC President