Huskies fall short at holiday tourney

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The OPRF Hockey Club played in the Stevenson 16-team Thanksgiving tournament over the weekend and the result wasn't pretty.

The good news is that although the Huskies (3-17-2) finished with a 0-3 record, they showed that they are capable of competing with some of the top teams in the state.

The Huskies played two games on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Metro West opponent Bartlett in the first game, and falling to Notre Dame 6-1 in Game 2.

The Huskies have beaten the Hawks twice this season, but this time, Bartlett came out on top in a closely played game. The Hawks scored late in the first period and added a second period power play goal to take a 2-0 lead going into the final period.

Mike Beard scored for the Huskies with 10:40 remaining to cut the lead to 2-1. Taking a pass from Mike Slovak, Beard raced down right wing and scored on a left-handed wrist shot from a tough angle. Although the Huskies had some good scoring chances later in the period, they were unable to tie the game and Bartlett skated off with the victory.

Tanner Houston played a strong game in goal for the Huskies, stopping 30-of-32 shots.

In the nightcap, the Huskies started off slow, allowing Notre Dame to score just 45 seconds into the game and giving up a second goal off a defensive turnover late in the first period. Goalkeeper Bob Grayson kept the Huskies in the game, stopping 25-of-27 shots over the first two periods, and the Huskies entered the third period with the game still within reach. However, Notre Dame upped its lead to 3-0 with an early third period goal and scored two more goals in a 25-second span midway through the period to put the game out of reach.

The Huskies finally got on the scoreboard on a delayed penalty with 1:47 remaining, when Dean Rogers scored off a pass from Jack Brofman.

Grayson, who stopped 35-of-40 shots in the Huskies' 5-0 loss to Stevenson in the opener, stopped 30-of-36 shots against Notre Dame.

The Huskies resume Metro West play on Sunday when they take on Sandburg at Oak Lawn Ice Arena (8:30 p.m.). On Monday, the team travels to Wilmette to face off against New Trier Blue team in a Metro Invitational tournament.

A press release contributed to this report.





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