Glenbrook North has prided itself on its defense this season, being one of the best defensive teams in the state. Defenseman David Wilcox has shown that the Spartans defense has some offensive power as well. Wilcox has piled up 18 goals through 40 games and rattled off his first career hat trick in GBN’s 3-2 win over York Friday night in Addison.
“It was a pretty special moment for me,” Wilcox said. “Especially against York, they’re a pretty good team so it really meant a lot to me.”
De ja vu hit the ice as Glenbrook North is no stranger to comebacks. The last time the two played the Spartans came back from a two-goal deficit to win 4-3. They knew York was ready to play and the first period proved the scoring would not come easy as The Dukes and Spartans left the first period scoreless. York had enough of the silence as Billy Paschen opened the second with a goal and a 1-0 lead. Wilcox responded minutes later and the tension grew. Chris Lee broke the tie for York with 12:57 left in the second and the Spartans were down 2-1 heading into the third.
“We weren’t being physical at all in the first two periods, which means we weren’t producing offense,” Wilcox said. “We re-iterated for the third period to play the body, work hard and it’s got to be our period.”
Wilcox knocked in his second goal at the 13:28 mark then completed the hat trick, sealing the win with eight minutes left to play.
“We knew it would be a tough game, especially with (York) having home ice,” Wilcox said. “But we knew we wanted it more in the third period and it showed.”