What the OPRF Hockey Club needed to freeze a three-game losing streak was its home ice.
After losing three straight games to Bartlett, Sandburg, and Naperville North, the Huskies (7-12-1) took out their frustration with a 4-0 shutout of Andrew on a special Sunday night at Ridgeland Commons. Seniors Nate Corwin, Dan Locasto, Al McDonnell, Ben Meyerson, Kevin McGinnes, Masin Oukel, and Adam Palmore were honored before the game for their contributions to the Hockey Club. The outgoing players didn’t disappoint.
OPRF outshot Andrew by a margin of 2-1 in the first period. Brett Newman opened the scoring at 8:23 in the period. Newman buried a shot past the Andrew goalie, Angelo Sakellaropoulos. Phil O’Connor and Matt McDonnell assisted on the score.
Exactly four minutes later, defenseman Dan Miscovic scored an unassisted goal. The short-handed score ended the scoring in the period. OPRF kept the pressure on Andrew, outshooting the Lightning 11-6.
The Huskies stayed on track in the third when O’Connor scored his first of two goals for the night with 8:45 left in the game. Al McDonnell and Miscovic assisted. With 1:49 left in the game, O’ Connor scored his second goal to cap the scoring for the Huskies.
Brothers Al and Matt McDonnell assisted on the play.
Bob Grayson was in net for the Huskies, stopping all 18 shots on goal for the shutout.
OPRF plays its penultimate regular game of the Metro West schedule next weekend when it takes on Waubonsie Valley Saturday night at All Seasons Arena (face-off at 8:50 p.m.). The final game will be played against archrival, Fenwick’s Varsity 2 team, which will be held at Ridgeland Commons on Sunday at 6:10 p.m.
A press release contributed to this report.