Q1: Victor Perez lit up the back on a penalty shot to give Lyons an
early 1-0 lead. Cameron Cowan made a pair of saves on the other end to
keep the Wildkits off the scoreboard. Henry Goodman made a key save on a
shot from close-range to keep Evanston within one midway through the
period. Max Zator connected on an outside shot with 2:36 left in the
quarter to give LT a 2-0 advantage and Evanston calls a quick timeout to
regroup. Cowan and Goodman each made a key save in the final two minutes
of the period and the Lions' defense was able to earn two stops after
ejections to take a 2-0 lead into the second quarter.
Q2: Bobby Bolan scored two straight goals to open the second period as
Lyons pulled ahead 4-0. Perez scored his second penalty shot of the half
to put LT ahead 5-0. Ben Coleman ended the Wildkits' drought on the
other end to trim the lead to 5-1 midway through the quarter. Nathan
Perkoski found the back of the net from the right side with 2:01 left in
the half to cut the lead to 5-2.
Q3: Five minutes without a goal as the Lions still lead Evanston 5-2.
The Lions drew an ejection with 1:43 left in the period and called a
timeout. Neither team could score after an ejection in the last two
minutes so they head to the final period with Lyons ahead 5-2.
Q4: Perez completed a hat trick with the first goal of the second half
coming over one minute into the fourth quarter; Lyons leads 6-2. Perez
added his fourth after the Lions made a stop after an ejection to make
the score 7-2. Lucas Verrilli connected from the right side with under
two minutes left in regulation to cut the Lyons lead to 7-3. The Lions
were able to prevent any other attacks in the final minute to emerge
with a 7-3 victory.
Conant 7 LWE 6
Q1: Alex Hirjoi delivered on an outside shot from 5m to give Conant an
early 1-0 lead. He followed up that effort by converting a penalty shot
to put the Cougars on top 2-0. After trading several possessions with a
few good chances, Hirjoi recorded his third goal of the period to give
Conant a 3-0 lead after the first quarter.
Q2: Tyler Orloff scored the first of the game for the Griffins who have
cut the Conant lead to 3-1. Bryan Cho responded quickly on the other end
to give Conant a 4-1 advantage. Cho scores again from close range at the
3:03 mark as the Cougars have built a 5-1 lead over the Griffins. After
a stop, Noah Lawson delivered from the right side to increase the lead
to 6-1. Timeout LWE. Orloff assisted Ryan Utt on a counterattack goal to
trim the lead to 6-2. Damian Ezell followed that up with a quick goal
for East and the lead has been cut to 6-3.
Q3: Conant makes a stop and Cho scores on the counterattack to put
Conant ahead 7-3. The Griffins were denied on a close-range attempt
after an ejection midway through the period and the score stayed at 7-3.
The Griffins added a key goal late in the period to cut the advantage to
7-4 with one quarter left to play.
Q4: The defenses have kept things on lockdown, while East's best chance
from outside 5m was denied by Harris Dibek. Orloff connects with 2:57
left to play to make it a 7-5 game. Dibek makes another key stop at the
1:57 mark to keep Conant ahead by two. The Griffins' Ryan Utt converted
in transition to cut the lead to 7-6 with :26 left in regulation. Conant
ball, timeout with :19 left in the game. Steal by LWE and a timeout
called with :08 left. The Cougars' made a steal and Dibek made a
last-second stop and the Cougars hang on for a 7-6 win.
Naperville Central 12 Stevenson 6
Q1: Kent Emden made two saves in the opening minute and Bender Russo
scored quickly after the second save to give Central an early 1-0 lead.
After an ejection, Dominic May converted from the left side for the
Redhawks to make the score 2-0. Charlie Day and Emden each made saves in
the next minute after the goal and the score remains 2-2 with 2:15 left
in the first period. May assisted Brad Sanford on Central's third goal
and the Redhawks added another quick goal on their next trip down the
pool to make the score 4-0 with 1:20 left in the first quarter.
Stevenson timeout. After an ejection, Eric Osuch got Stevenson on the
board with a rocket from 5m to trim the lead to 4-1. Central earned an
ejection but were stopped, Day tried a long-distance attempt that Emden
caught and fired back only to be denied by the crossbar.
Q2: AJ Corollo opened the second period scoring from 2m after an assist
from Day and the Central lead is cut to 4-2. Sanford scores a rebound
goal after Day got his hand on Central's initial shot attempt to make
the score 5-2. Isaac Noren scored from the left side after an ejection
in the final minute and Sanford added another quick goal before the half
ended as the Redhawks lead has grown to 7-2 at the break.
Q3: Luke Klein-Collins drew an ejection and May converted from 5m to
give Central an 8-2 lead early in the third period. Central added
another goal at the 3:35 mark to make the score 9-2. Stevenson timeout.
Nearing the final minute of the period, Sanford tacked on a goal to make
the score 10-2. Stevenson drew an ejection soon after and called a
timeout with 1:11 remaining in Q3. Collin Kapecki scored after the
timeout to trim the Central lead to 10-3. On the other end, Lucas Nervig
found the back of the net with :20 left and Emden scored at the buzzer
from his own end to make the score 12-3 heading into the final period.
Q4: Justin Ginsberg scored quickly on the Patriots' first possession to
cut the lead to 12-4. Drew Wangard scored another for Stevenson after a
stop to make the score 12-5. Wangard added his second score of the
period to make the score 12-6 with 2:37 remaining. Neither team could
score down the stretch as the Redhawks advance to the semifinals with a
12-6 victory over Stevenson.