Around the Horn
Losses continue to pile up for the OPRF Hockey Club.
The Huskies dropped three games last week, losing to New Trier Blue 3-1, to Waubonsie Valley 3-1, and to Naperville Central 6-1. The team has now scored only one goal in six straight games, and has yet to win a game in the Metro Division.
The losses to New Trier Blue and Naperville Central may have been expected as both are among the top 10 teams in the state. However, the Huskies let their guard down against Waubonsie Valley, a team they had beaten earlier in the season.
OPRF (3-13, 0-2-1) played its strongest game of the season on Dec. 5 against New Trier Blue, skating aggressively from the opening face-off and displaying an intensity that has been lacking in some of its recent games. Coach Rick Meegan brought up three junior varsity players for the game in sophomore defenseman Rieffe Dacanay and freshman forwards Michael Locasto and Seth Molek, and all three played well.
OPRF goalie Bob Grayson was sharp, stopping 42-of-45 New Trier shots, several at point blank range.
New Trier took a 3-0 lead midway through the second period, scoring twice on rebounds and once on a deflected shot, but Grayson and the Huskies defense shut them down the rest of the way.
The Huskies' power play also looked sharp. On their first opportunity, late in the second period, Brett Newman's pinpoint pass to Locasto nearly resulted in a goal when Locasto's shot hit the post. The Huskies converted their other power play opportunity in the third period when Jack Brofman banged home the rebound off a Mike Slovak slap shot, with Dean Rogers also picking up an assist.
OPRF's next home game is Sunday at Ridgeland Common against the Rockford Ice Men. Face off is at 6:10 p.m. .
Sweeping weekend for Friars
There was no letdown for the Fenwick wrestling team over the weekend, as the Friars went undefeated in six straight matches.
On Friday, Fenwick downed St. Ignatius 46-27, St. Laurence 58-24, and St. Patrick 33-27. The team followed up the feat on Saturday by defeating Fenton 43-27, Lake Park 37-36 and Addison Trail 58-12.
Along with its perfect team finish, the Friars had three grapplers sweep individually. Freshman Bobby Barnhisal, in the 112-pound weight class, grappled to six straight wins on the weekend. Marty Erfort swept his matches at 135 pounds, as did Nick Marino at 145.
The Friars (7-1) are still without a full lineup. Billy Barnhisal (171 pounds) is expected out for another few weeks with a sprained ankle suffered against Barrington earlier in the season. Rob Sassetti (125) recently underwent surgery on his hand, and is expected out another three weeks.
"We seem to be holding our own right now, despite the injuries," said Ruffino. "I'd feel a lot better if we were 100 percent."
It was a busy week of swimming for Fenwick.
One portion of the team swam to a fourth place finish in the Red Division of the Barrington Invitational, while another squad defeated St. Rita and St. Viator in a tri-meet on Saturday. The Friars also tied Sandburg in a tri-meet on Friday.
Fenwick scored 258 points in Saturday's tri-meet. Vince Frangella won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of :53.73, while the 200 medley relay team of Chris Wendt, Robert Tentler, Kegan Daugherty, and Chris Bonk finished first with a time of 1:57.28.
The 200 free relay team of Dan Wolak, Andrew McKernin, Mike Mackin, and Pat Lloyd led the Huskies at Barrington, finishing first with a time of 1:33.66.
A press release contributed to this report.