New Trier Green came from behind to beat Barrington 4-3 in overtime in a game featuring 21 minor penalties for a total of 42 penalty minutes in a 51-minute game, shorthanded goals by each team, two Barrington penalty shots (both saved by Owen Reger), and a Mark Ashmore hat trick. The team also suffered a big blow with Jakob Travis leaving with an upper body injury; we wish JT a speedy recovery. Barrington got on the board first with a shorthanded goal, but a shorty by Ashmore tied it up after one period of play. Barrington scored two power play goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. Ashmore scored his second goal of the night on a pass from Trent Kadin, and John Kane scored the tying goal on a Green power play with less than 6 minutes left in the game. During 3-on-3 overtime play, Ashmore scored his third goal, giving Green its first lead of the night and a 4-3 win.
The next night, Green celebrated its seniors in facing off against St. Ignatius, the top-ranked team in Ohio. Following a couple early penalties, Kadin delivered a stretch pass to Mac Zelazny, who found Ashmore in front of the net who buried it to give Green a 1-0 lead. On a power play, Jack Norehad got his own rebound to make it 2-0 (Gavin Randle with the assist). Patrick Chang went to the box late in the first for a cross-check, and St. Ignatius scored with 14.3 seconds left in the period to make it 2-1 after one. Green went on the power play early in the second, and a great Ashmore backcheck and Watt save neutralized a St. Ignatius shorthanded chance. Michael Brunso delivered a hot pass that just missed Bobby Soudan’s outstretched stick in front of the net. Green would keep the lead on a great toe save by Watt and a save by Randle in the crease, and a Henry Freedman goal (assists by Chang and Zelazny) made it a 2-goal game. The game got a little chippy, with both teams incurring a couple coincidental penalties. A long delay by St. Ignatius was followed by a goal to cut Green’s lead to one. Magnus Sivertson had a steal and pass to Spencer Lifvendahl, whose shot was sticked away high keeping it 3-2 after the second. On a power play early in the third, Tommy Kempf showed great puck protection in getting into the zone and delivering a one-timer to Ashmore for a 4-2 lead. Ryan Gallagher broke up a play at the blue line, creating a nice chance for Norehad and Dylan Kochman on the other end of the ice, but Senior Night would end with a 4-2 Green win. Congratulations and best of luck to the Green seniors: Mark Ashmore, Tyler Baird, Michael Brunso, Patrick Chang, Jack Eggemeyer, Henry Freedman, Logan Izenstark, Tommy Kempf, Dylan Kochman, Jack Norehad, Gavin Randle, Owen Reger, Bobby Soudan, and Jakob Travis.
New Trier Green beat Loyola Gold 4-1 in their final meeting of the regular season in a fast and physical Saturday night game broadcast live from the packed Winnetka Ice Arena, with Neil Sivertson providing the music and Eric Lifvendahl living out his Eddie Olczyk dreams and serving as announcer. On the first shift, Trent Kadin had a great shot on goal that was kicked away by the Loyola goalie, and Mark Ashmore just missed connecting on the rebound chance. A point blank save by Preston Watt and a great stick by Gavin Randle to break up a 2-on-1 Loyola chance kept the game scoreless. Ryan Gallagher took a shot to the head and then discovered that the best revenge for an uncalled penalty is to put in a rebound, giving Green a 1-0 lead (Jakob Travis and Spencer Lifvendahl with the assists). Loyola was called for too many men, putting Green on the power play at the end of the first and beginning of the second, but Green was unable to convert. Both Michael Brunso and Tyler Baird drew iron early in the second. Watt made a great save that took him out of the net, but Danny Pugliese saved a goal with some impressive goaltending of his own. Loyola would tie it up with 7:43 left in the second during another scrum in front of the net. Green came out firing in the third, successfully killing a penalty before Bobby Soudan and Travis had a 2-on-1 chance, with trailer Jack Norehad burying a rebound to give Green a lead they would not relinquish. Great defensive play by John Kane took away a Loyola breakaway chance. Soudan delivered a beautiful drop pass to Gallagher for a shot that was saved. Kadin drew a penalty for a hit to the head (a couple Advil and he’ll be fine), and a Soudan wraparound on the ensuing power play gave Green a 3-1 lead. Soudan also scored an empty netter (Henry Freedman with the assist), giving Green a 4-1 victory (but spoiling Steve “Nostradamus” Ashmore’s prediction of a 3-1 win). Thanks to all the fans for coming out on a snowy Saturday night to cheer on Green. For those who missed the action, the game will be available on demand on Comcast. Next up: Thursday night at 8:05 pm versus Barrington at Wilmette Centennial.
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