It’s the oldest story in the book, by far the biggest rivalry in the Northshore and one of the most exciting endings to a season when it comes to New Trier Green and Loyola Gold. But Sunday night in Northbrook history repeated itself as Loyola defeated the Trevians 2-0 to become the SHL Champion for the second year in a row.
“We really moved the puck well and played as a team,” said AJ Cornelison. “We really just played together, that’s been our theme all season.”
Cornelison Found the back of the net on a power play in the first to give Gold a 1-0 lead. New Trier remained silent as Aiden Finegan knocked in a rebound late in the second. Gold held their lead as the Trevians outshot the Ramblers 41-16.
“We just put a ton of pressure on their guys when they got the puck,” said Choate who made 41 saves in the win. “We were able to crash the net and prevent them from getting good opportunities.”
Coming into the game Loyola knew they had to make a statement being the reigning champs but they used that to their advantage.
“It wasn’t pressure, it was the will to succeed,” said Cornelison. “The team really wanted it, we wanted to keep it in the locker room and we really wanted to go into state really strong.”
Loyola will go on to play Saint Rita in the State Quarterfinals Tuesday and this was the boost they needed.
“This is very important,” said Finegan. “We’ve only beat New Trier once and we really needed it.”
“We’re enjoying this now,” Choate added. “But now our focus is on state.”