As soon as the puck dropped, Glenbrook North was in control. Mikey Day found the back of the net just 25 seconds into the first period; at the 13:47 mark, Casey Miller scored and Glenbrook North was up 2-0 over New Trier Green. The Trevians bounced back though and ended up taking the win, 4-3 Sunday night in Northbrook.
“Our team is very resilient,” said New Trier Green head coach Bob Melton. “Did we have our best game tonight? No, but we’re not going to play great all the time. We played an excellent team, they’re very well coached, but we found a way to win, so I’m walking out of here happy.”
New Trier made sure they didn’t leave the first period empty handed after a goal from JT Travis with 1:40 left. Ryan Gallagher swooped in for the tie in the second period and things got interesting. Day knocked in his second of the night to break the tie with 13:05 left in the second and the Spartans carried the lead into the third. Gavin Randle tied it back up for New Trier with 13:05 left to play and Daniel Pugliese knocked in the game-winner.
“We just realized we were actually down and we had to score sooner rather than later or we’d be done,” said Pugliese. “And when you score, everyone is all over you, I came back to the bench with like bruises, it was fun.”
As for Glenbrook North, head coach Evan Poulakidas said they did it to themselves.
“We played a great 38 minutes of the game but the game is 51 minutes,” Poulakidas said. “I take no solace in that. The fact of the matter is we should have been better with a one-goal lead. The only thing I can hope for is that we learn from it, they’re a great hockey team, they have a lot of depth, but so are we.”