July 24, 2014
Illpolo Fest 2014 Game Recaps
By Aaron Brown
The first edition of the Illpolo Fest
took place on July 24 at Hoffman Estates High School with three featured
games in unique event that included 72 players from 40 different high
school teams in Illinois. Here is the on-the-deck report as best as I can
Illpolo Future Stars 7 Hoffman Estates 2
Lauren Wood (Vernon Hills) scored two goals and
Lauren Broz (Prospect) blocked 13 shots to lead the Future Stars to a 7-2
victory over Hoffman Estates in the opening game of the Illpolo Fest on
Claire Rosas (Conant) and Emily Mathews (H-F) did a
stellar job in putting the clamps down on the Hoffman offensive attack
throughout the game, while both players scored key goals in the win for
the Future Stars. The pair were aided by the perimeter defense of Andi
Stilts (H-F), who was a key factor in limiting the hosts to just two
Meanwhile, Wood also provided a key field block early
in the second half to prevent a powerplay chance that could have led to a
rally for the hosts with the game still hanging in the balance.
Sarah Luedloff (Meadows) played a key role for the
Future Stars, as the team ran their offense through the Mustangs'
sophomore from the outset. She also notched a first-half goal. The tandem
of Ashley Helminski (Palatine) and Tess O'Brien (Palatine) also combined
to score a key goal for the victors, while Danielle McCallister (Prospect)
drove down the right side to score a nifty goal to put the game away for
the Stars late in the third quarter.
The up-and-coming Hawks had several chances to twist
the tale late in the game, but Broz (Prospect) continued to make
save-after-save to keep the hosts from claiming a lead.
Rachel Gallo led the Hawks' with two goals and had
multiple chances denied by Broz in the second half as Hoffman piled on the
pressure in hopes of making a comeback. The hosts were also boosted by the
all-around play of junior Francia Morales-Diaz, while junior goaltender
Jenny Fermaintt made seven critical saves to keep Hoffman close until the
Illpolo All-Stars 19 Naperville Tropics 3
Kevin Tunney (Sandburg/Redlands), Mark Alvarado (SICP/
Chapman) and Wally Kleinfeldt (Palatine) each scored 4 goals to lead the
Illpolo All-Stars to a 19-3 victory over the Naperville Tropics on
Meanwhile, the relentless team defense led by Shane
Hughes (SICP) of the All-Stars combined with the stellar goaltending of Joe
Lawrence (NC) and Jake Burke (LWC) helped limit the Tropics to just one
first-half goal and three scores for the entire game.
Multiple players got in on the scoring act for the
All-Stars, as Broc Thompson (H-F) and Danny Farmer (Fenwick) each scored 2 goals and Hughes, Madj Ibrahim (Sandburg), Mitch Zieler (Sandburg) and Zach
Elias (Lockport) each scored once in the win.
The Tropics, who were without a handful of players that
had made their way to California for Junior Olympics the day before, were
also without the services of elite goaltender Jakobi McClellan (H-F) due
to a recent injury.
Nolan Roberts (NN), Simon Shatinsky (Neuqua) and Ryan
Donahue (NC) each scored once for the Tropics. Last-minute goalie
replacements Sean McNicholas (Sandburg) and Ahmad Abdelqadar (Sandburg)
stepped in to help the team's effort, while Art Kasemets (Mundelein),
David Holzer (NN), Haden Santefort (H-F), Luke Landiak (NN), Patrick Burke (LWC), Ryan Towers
(NN) and Will Russell (Neuqua) also featured for the Naperville-based
Illpolo Alumni Plus 10 Illpolo All-Stars 9
Rebecca Mathews (H-F/Iona) scored the game-winning goal
with just under two minutes left to play and both Cassidy DeGraff (LWN)
and Ellis O'Connor (Evanston/Michigan) put in key second half goals to
help the Alumni Plus team claim a 10-9 win over the Illpolo All-Stars.
The goaltending tandem of Jill Connolly (LWE) and Kerry
Goodspeed (GBN) also came up big for the Alumni Plus squad, as they
combined to make 12 saves to help the team overcome a one-goal halftime
The All-Stars nearly took control of the contest early
in the second period after Kaela Codo (NC) and Morgan Miller (NV) teamed
up for a goal and Allison Travetto (Stevenson) scored from five meters to
make the score 4-2. On the next play, O'Connor drew two defenders to the
right wing and found a driving Argelia Diaz (Wheeling) open at two-meters,
where she found the left corner of the net to cut the deficit down to one.
The All-Stars would eventually take a 6-5 lead into
halftime after consecutive goals by Caroline Wojtas (Palatine) and Melissa
Gartenberg (Stevenson). Meanwhile, the goaltending duo of Jordin Hale (Oak
Park) and Lauren Burns (Stevenson) made several key saves and the
defensive efforts of Emily Morrison (Maine West) and Katherine Rogers
(Deerfield) helped keep the team ahead heading into the second half.
Erica Mangia (LWE) and Niki Neumann (Prospect) teamed
up to get the Alumni Plus team on even terms early in the third quarter.
Then, after the teams traded possessions, the All-Stars' earned a
breakaway opportunity, but Connolly made a crucial one-on-one save to keep
the teams level. The Alumni Plus team took advantage after the
momentum-changing save, as Katy Kirsh (Buffalo Grove) assisted O'Connor on
a goal from two meters to give the team a 7-6 advantage.
Gartenberg and Kimela Srey (Waubonsie) joined forces to
quickly equalize on the other end for the All-Stars. But DeGraff, who
seemed to get stronger as the game wore on, added a goal and assisted
Mathews on another to help the Alumni team take a 10-8 lead. The All-Stars
added a late goal, but two key stops by Chapman-bound Goodspeed allowed
the Alumni Plus team to run out the clock on a one-goal victory.