The OPRF Hockey Club continued is dominance over Fenwick 2 with a 4-2 win in the opening round of the Metro West playoffs at Ridgeland Commons on Sunday.
The Huskies, who finished with an overall record of 8-13-1 in the regular season, defeated Fenwick 2 for the fourth time this season
OPRF almost did itself in with 12 minor penalties that were called in the course of the game. While this wasn’t much more than Fenwick’s nine penalties, OPRF played for what seemed like extended periods of 3-on-5 hockey. But the Huskies’ defense and goalie, Bob Grayson, came up with some solid play and circus-like saves that secured the win.
OPRF opened the scoring with a goal by Jim Minaghan at 6:38 in the first period. Senior defenseman Adam Palmore was credited with the assist.
During the closing minutes of the first period, Fenwick tied the game when Kevin Sutton put in a rebound. James Frankenbach assisted on the score.
During the first minute of the second period, the Friars scored a go-ahead goal on a power play when Rory Keel put the puck in the net at 13:30. OPRF bounced back and returned the favor, scoring a power play goal at 11:39. Nate Corwin scored the goal that made the score even at two apiece. Al McDonnell assisted on the play.
The Huskies managed a second power play goal of the period when Brett Newman buried a shot from Matt McDonnell with a little more than five minutes left in the period. Matt McDonnell finished the scoring at 12:37 in the third period on the third power play goal of the night. Phil O’Connor and Dan Miscovic assisted on the goal.
Grayson finished the night with 39 saves on 41 shots on goal, while Fenwick’s goalie, Eric Bilbo, stopped 26-of-30 shots on goal.
The win gave the Huskies, who also defeated Fenwick 4-1 on Jan. 23, two points in the Metro West playoffs and some confidence for next weekend’s game against Bartlett at All Seasons Arena in Naperville.
In two weeks, the Huskies will play Lake Zurich to begin the State playoffs. OPRF defeated Lake Zurich in last year’s State playoffs by a margin of 4-2.
A press release contributed to this report.