McHenry 9 Palatine 8
Phil Lesniak got the Warriors an early goal, scoring after an ejection,
and McHenry claimed a 1-0 lead in the first minute of play at Barrington.
Brad Ferris drew a penalty and converted the shot to tie the score at 1-1.
John Giuliano scored from two meters midway through the opening period to
give Palatine their first lead at 2-1. But Drew Schmitt scored from seven
meters to even the score once again late in the first quarter. Justin
Behrens scored in the final minute of the opening quarter to give Palatine
a 3-2 lead.
Kyle Braun tied the score early in the second quarter for McHenry, then
Schmitt tallied his second goal of the game to make it 4-3 in favor of the
Warriors. Ferris responded for the Pirates, drawing an ejection and scoring
midway through the period to tie the game. Reilly Shanahan notched his
first goal of the game to put McHenry back on top, then scored his second
straight goal after an ejection and McHenry led 6-4 with 1:24 left in
Schmitt and Andrew Hertel both scored for McHenry early in the third
period, giving the Warriors a seemingly comfortable 8-4 lead. The
Warriors' defense held the Pirates scoreless after seven minutes of play
and led by four with seven minutes to go.
Ferris scored in the first minute of the final period to get the Pirates
within three, then Palatine goalie Dan Sommerfield made two crucial saves
on the other end. Jeremy Stanton got Palatine even closer with a goal at
the 3:41 mark, then Kamil Mulawa drew an ejection and assisted Ferris on
his second goal of the quarter and a 3-0 run put the Pirates within
one of the Warriors with 2:28 remaining. What a run by Palatine! Behrens
scored after an ejection and four straight goals evened the score at 8-8.
But the Warriors had an answer! Shanahan stunned the crowd with a goal
with 0:52 seconds remaining in regulation and McHenry took a 9-8 lead in
the final minute. Can Palatine respond? Ferris had a chance to tie the
score, but his shot went wide of the goal and McHenry advanced to state with a narrow 9-8
Loyola 8 New Trier 7
James Bartels scored with 0:40 seconds remaining to get New Trier within
one goal of Loyola, but the Ramblers were able to come up with a key stop
in the final minute to beat the Trevians 8-7 at the GBS Sectional final on
Saturday. Connor Murphy, Pat Stein, and TJ Considine each scored 2
times in the victory for the Ramblers. Bartels scored 4 times to lead New
Trier, Mike Maley totaled 11 steals, and goalie Sam Buchman made 14 saves
to keep the Trevians in the game.
Homewood-Flossmoor 12 Lincoln-Way East 3
H-F came out first against LWE, scoring five straight goals to take
a 5-0 lead after one period of play. Russell Maanum and Shay Banton each
had 2 goals and Kevin Kuchta added one score in the opening frame.
There was no letup from the Vikings in the second quarter, as Kuchta
notched his second goal early in the period and then assisted Luke Dobben
on a goal midway through the second. Banton connected on a goal and the
Vikings started the game on fire, building an 8-0 first half lead.
Banton scored on a rebound goal early in the third period and Maanum
scored his third goal on a breakaway to make the score 10-0 midway through
the period. Brandon Spratt put the Griffins on the board at the 2:30 mark,
then Steve Swiercz added a second goal to cut the Vikings' lead to
10-2. Banton tallied his fifth goal at the end of the third quarter and
H-F held onto an 11-2 lead.
In the final quarter, Banton scored his sixth goal of the contest before
Kenny Hultquist added a score for the Griffins, but it was not enough as H-F
has qualified for state with a 12-3 victory over Lincoln-Way East.
Neuqua Valley Sectional
Naperville Central 26 Waubonsie Valley 8
NC got off to a fast
start, outscoring Waubonsie Valley 9-2 in the opening period. Tom
Shamburek and Mark Menis recorded two early goals for NC; Kyle Apple cut
the lead in half midway through period 1. Ryan Stanley scored two straight
goals and the Redhawks took a 4-1 lead in the first quarter. Pat May and Kristian Altuve added goals for NC and they led 6-1. Joey Poletto stopped the
4-0 run by NC with a goal, but Danny Tucker and Mark Menis each added goals
to make the score 8-2 Central. Kyle Rickert scored on a breakaway before
the end of the period to make the score 9-2 in favor of the Redhawks.
In the second quarter, Stanley scored 2 consecutive goals and then
assisted Menis on a goal to increase the lead to 12-2. Tyler Hunt scored for the
Warriors, but Rickert scored 2 more times and Stanley notched his fifth
goal to make the score 15-3.
Pat May and Blake Hollis traded goals early in the second half, but the Redhawks held on to a 16-4 advantage. Hunt scored his second goal of
the contest for the Warriors before Menis scored a counterattack goal to
boost the lead to 17-6. Altuve and Hunt traded goals and Central led
18-7, and the teams traded goals in the final minute with Central ahead
19-8 at the end of three.
Menis notched an early fourth period goal to give Central a 20-8 lead. Shamburek and Menis both added goals for the Redhawks,
who took a 22-8 lead.
Stanley, Rickert, and Matt Reasons each added goals to put Central ahead
25-8. Reasons scored his second goal of the period and Central went on to
Menis and Stanley each ended up with 5 goals for Central, while Rickert
scored 4 times and both Pat May and Tom Shamburek each chipped in with 3
scores. Blake Hollis led the Warriors with 3 goals and Tyler Hunt added 2
scores in the losing effort.
St Ignatius 8 Latin 7
Jaime Juarez scored the game-winning goal with 0:40 seconds remaining in
regulation to send the Wolfpack to state after an 8-7 victory over Latin
on Saturday. Juarez, Brendan Moore, and Mark Alvarado each scored 2 times
in the win, while goalie Mike Fratto stopped 15 shots for the Wolfpack.
Vernon Hills Sectional
Mundelein 12 Stevenson 11
Will Davidson scored the game-winning goal with two seconds left in
regulation to send Mundelein to the state tournament after a 12-11 victory
over rival Stevenson on Saturday afternoon. In a back and forth game,
Davidson, Pat Falconer, and Frank Lukucs each scored 3 goals and Brandon
Horsch added 2 scores to lead the Mustangs to the next round of play. Josh
Hodges totaled 4 goals and Alex Rembialkowski added 3 scores in the loss
for the Patriots.
Fenwick 10 Oak
Will Rigali scored 2 goals in
the opening period and John Osborne added one score as Fenwick built a 3-1
lead. Eric Hallman and Luke O'Connell each scored for the Huskies to cut
the lead to 3-2, but Rigali and Matt Farmer connected on second
quarter goals to give Fenwick a 5-2 lead. O'Connell added his second score
to trim the lead to 5-3, then Troy Williams helped get the Huskies within
one score late in the half. Rigali scored his fourth goal of the half
with 0:03 left to give Fenwick a 6-4 advantage at halftime.
Osborne started off the second half with a goal,
giving Fenwick a 7-4 cushion. Tommy Poulos
responded for the Huskies to cut the lead to 7-5. Farmer recorded his
goal of the contest to give the Friars an 8-5 lead late in the third
period. Dylan O'Connell inched the Huskies closer with his first tally of
the game and the Fenwick lead was back down to two goals (8-6) at the end
of the third quarter.
Armando Lee got on the scoreboard with a goal from two meters out and Oak
Park crept back within one goal of Fenwick with 4:58 left in the game. After an
intense two minute period with no scoring, Rigali connected on his fifth
goal of the game to put Fenwick in control with a 9-7 lead with 2:18
remaining in regulation. The Huskies refused to give up, however, as Poulos
scored his second goal with 1:45 to play, cutting Fenwick's lead to 9-8.
And we're tied!!! Lee scored his second goal of the quarter to even things
with 1:11 left to go.
Unreal!!! Osborne responded for the Friars, scoring with 0:39 seconds
remaining, as Fenwick reclaimed a 10-9 lead in the final minute of a
Oak Park had one last scoring chance in the closing seconds, but they
could not convert with 0:05 left and Fenwick has advanced to state
with a 10-9 victory! The Huskies drew an ejection, but Viken Huening
blocked a last-chance effort by Nathaniel Williams to preserve the win.