Huskies flat-footed against St. Charles North

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The OPRF Hockey Club lost 4-2 to St. Charles North on its home ice at Ridgeland Common Sunday night.

The Huskies were unable to build on the momentum of last weekend's two victories. The team skated without leading goal scorer Mike Slovak (viral infection) and defenseman Jonah Rice (back spasms), but didn't play up to their potential. Senior captain Kenny Javor acknowledged that "Our heads weren't really into the game. We went into the game expecting to beat St. Charles, but we came out flat-footed and not ready to play."

Goalie Tanner Houston had some key saves in the first period, stopping a breakaway at the five-minute mark, but St. Charles took a 1-0 lead late in the period, scoring on a 3-on-2 odd man rush.

The North Stars added two second period goals to widen their lead to 3-0. The first came on a power play, while the second was a short-handed wraparound goal that came off a breakdown in the Huskies' defense.

The Huskies started the third period with a little more fire and cut the lead to 3-1 at the 9:57 mark, when Jack Brofman backhanded in the rebound of Javor's shot; Dean Rogers also picked up an assist on the play. St. Charles was whistled for two penalties in the next 30 seconds, giving the Huskies an extended 5-on-3 advantage and a golden opportunity to get back into the game. However, although the Huskies put several shots on the St. Charles net, they were unable to score.

The Huskies' final goal came on a power play with 1:55 left, after St. Charles had pushed its lead to 4-1. Kevin Meegan took a long outlet pass by Matt McDonnell, slipped behind the St. Charles defense, and beat the goalie with a wrist shot.

The Huskies outshot St. Charles by a 27-21 margin for the game, with Houston stopping 17 of the 21 St. Charles shots.

The loss dropped the Huskies' Metro West record to 3-6.

The Huskies will face St. Charles East, a team new to Metro West, on the road on Saturday, followed by a home game against New Trier Blue on Sunday (6:10 p.m.).

A press release contributed to this report.

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