The OPRF Hockey Club kicked off the Andrews Lightning Bolt Classic by going 2-1 over the weekend.
The Huskies upended Homewood-Flossmoor 5-2 to open the tournament. OPRF outshot the Vikings 8-7 after the first 14 minutes of play. Homewood-Flossmoor started the scoring in the second after the Vikings were able to put in the second rebound past Huskies goalie Bob Grayson at 12:06.
The Huskies came back to tie the game when Mike Slovak scored off a pass from Michael Locasto with 10:03 left in the second. Sean Marks scored the second goal less than 10 seconds later with Dean Rogers assisting.
To finish out the second, Brett Newman scored his first of two goals, the first of which came with 1:50 left on the clock.
Newman scored his second goal midway through the third period for the Huskies. This was the first of two short-handed goals scored by OPRF. Slovak assisted on both Newman goals. The second short-handed goal was scored by Mike Beard with 4:59 left in the game. Grayson stopped 26 of 28 shots on goal in the win.
The Huskies started off a bit sluggish in Game 2 against Lincoln-Way but managed to pick up the pace for a 3-2 victory. Both teams were tentative in the first period although Lincoln-Way managed to score first with 7:43 left in the period.
The Knights quickly followed up the score with a second goal almost exactly three minutes later.
With 3:53 left in the first period, Beard scored off a pass from teammate Matt McDonnell. OPRF tied the game up in the second period when Zach Smith made good on a nice setup pass from Jack Brofman at 10:35. That completed the scoring in the second and made for an exciting third period which was tied at 2 a piece. Slovak scored the go-ahead goal with 11:51 to go in the game. Beard and Seth Molek assisted on the play. The last minutes of play were very exciting as the Knights pulled their goalie in hopes of the tying goal. The effort was to no avail as Huskies goalie Tanner Houston stopped 34 of 36 shots in the win.
On Sunday morning, the Huskies lost 4-2 to the Marist. Brofman and Slovak scored for OPRF.
OPRF crosses finish line first
The OPRF girls' cross-country team ran past the competition at the Rosary/Marmion Invitational on Saturday.
The Huskies finished first with 30 points. Freshman Olivia Bird led the charge, finishing second overall in 20:09. Jenny Donley took fourth with a time of 20:35.1, while Alison Rack and Megan Kiefer finished seventh and eighth with times of 21:00.6 and 21.24.6 respectively.
OPRF's closest competition was St. Charles East, who finished with 60 points.
"It was somewhat of an easy invite, but it gives us an idea of what to see in the future," said OPRF head coach Sarah McCabe. "The footing was challenging; it wasn't smooth but our strategy worked well."
The Huskies host Hinsdale Central and Lyons Township on Thursday, before getting a feel for the State Meet course when they travel to Peoria Richwoods on Saturday for a tournament.
Shutout for Gullo
OPRF goalkeeper Jim Gullo recorded his sixth shutout of the early season in a 2-0 Huskies victory over St. Patrick on Friday. Drew Golz scored both goals for OPRF (5-1-2).
A press release contributed to this report.