OPRF Hockey Club blanks Andrew in Metro West playoffs

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By BRAD SPENCER

The OPRF Hockey Club shut out Andrew 5-0 in the Metro West playoffs on Sunday at Ridgeland Commons in Oak Park.

The Huskies are holding steady at 2-1-1 in the playoffs for second place, behind Bartlett and ahead of Providence, Fenwick 2 and Andrew.

OPRF began its scoring barrage at 7:46 in the first period when Zach Smith fired a shot past the Andrew goalie. Brett Newman assisted on the score.

The Huskies managed two more goals in the second period. At 8:04 in the second, senior Al McDonnell scored off a pass from freshman Phil O'Connor. McDonnell and O'Connor finished the regular season as the sixth and 10th leading scorers in the league, respectively.

The Huskies scored a power play goal at 6:41 in the second when McDonnell scored his second goal of the night. Matt McDonnell and Kenny Javor assisted on the score.

The final two scores of the night came in the third period. With 7:55 left on the clock, Jim Minaghan scored with O'Connor and Javor assisting.

To wrap things up for the night, Nate Corwin made the score 5-0 with Masin Ouksel assisting on the score.

Solid defensive play and goalkeeping kept Andrew from scoring in the game.

Bob Grayson started in net and played the first half of the game. Freshman goalie Tanner Houston played the second half of the second period and the first three minutes of the third period. Grayson was back in net when Houston went out with a muscle pull. Grayson ended the night with 19 saves on 19 shots on goal. Houston finished with two saves on two shots on goal.

The Huskies will play Lake Zurich next weekend in the first game of the State playoffs.

Huskies open indoor

The OPRF boys' track and field team opened its indoor season with a win last week.

By scoring 142 points, the Huskies downed St. Patrick's (98.5), Kenwood (34.5), Gordon Tech (31), and Michelle Clark (3).

OPRF's Mike Walden qualified for the Illinois Prep Top Times Meet (IPTT) by winning the 400-meter run in :52.26. Walden also anchored the IPTT qualifying 4 x 100-meter relay. Cedric Roland, Raphael Lazamo, Antonio Jones and Walden timed out in 1:15.9.

Chakeen's late goal advances Friars

Corey Chakeen took it upon himself to quell a late-game surge by Marist and lead the Fenwick Hockey Club to a 7-3 win in Game 1 of the Kennedy Cup semifinals on Saturday in Oak Park.

Fenwick took a 4-1 lead at the break, but Marist climbed back into the game, 4-3, by scoring two straight goals.

Chakeen scored late in the third period to halt Marist's momentum.

Fenwick's Anthony Flando and Ed Mazur then scored a goal apiece to close the door on their opponent.

The Friars are vying for their third consecutive Kennedy Cup.

State Finals maybe a year away

OPRF's Kathryn Gevitz and M.G. Senseng made for future State hopefuls by competing at the Hinsdale Central Sectional Gymnastics championship on Saturday.

Gevitz, only a junior, had her best performance on the beam, placing 13th. Senseng, a sophomore, placed 13th on the bars.

A press release contributed to this report.

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