The OPRF Hockey Club shut out Naperville North 6-0 Saturday night.
The Huskies played their most dominant game of the season and got great goaltending from Tanner Houston, who stopped all 24 Naperville North shots. Phil O’Connor (2 goals, 2 assists) led a balanced offensive attack, with five Huskies accounting for the six goals. OPRF’s special teams stood out, killing seven penalties, producing two short-handed goals, and scoring a power play goal of its own. The shutout victory was impressive given that the Huskies played without one of their top defensemen, Kevin Meegan, who will be out of the lineup for several weeks due to a shoulder injury suffered in last Sunday’s Fenwick game.
O’Connor gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead midway through an evenly played first period, picking up a loose puck at the Huskies’ blue line and converting it into a shorthanded breakaway goal. Naperville North came out hot in the second period, but Houston made several outstanding saves to preserve the lead until the Huskies’ offense had a chance to regroup.
When the offense got rolling, the goals came in bunches. From the 6:20 mark of the second period to one minute into the third period, the Huskies scored four times to put the game out of reach. Seth Molek upped the lead to 2-0, taking a pass from O’Connor and beating the Naperville North goalie with a high wrist shot.
Next, Jack Brofman and Dean Rogers worked the first of two perfect give-and-go plays. Skating out of the corner, Rogers passed the puck to Brofman behind the net, took the return pass, and fired the puck past the goalie for a 3-0 lead. On the second play, Brofman passed to Rogers just outside the blue line. Rogers skated the puck into the Naperville North zone and fired a return pass to Brofman, who chipped the puck into the net.
O’Connor scored his second shorthanded goal when he managed to get off a backhand shot while being hit by two Naperville North defenders. Sean Marks completed the scoring for the Huskies with a power play goal in the final minute of the game.
The win puts the Huskies’ Metro West record at 3-8-3. The Huskies will face off against Geneva and Hinsdale South this weekend.
A press release contributed to this report.