The 6-6 tie came against St. Charles North, one of the weakest teams in the Metro West in a lackluster performance by the Huskies, clearly showing the effects of a post-holiday layoff. However, the Huskies rebounded the next night with a stronger game, leading Metro West powerhouse Naperville Central most of the way before finally falling by a 2-1 score.

The game against St. Charles was a back-and-forth affair with neither team managing more than a one goal lead. The North Stars struck first, but goals by Mike Wojtowicz and Seth Molek gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period. Two second period goals put St. Charles on top 3-2 entering the final period.

The teams combined for seven goals in a wild third period. Jack Brofman, Evan Vondrasek, and Dean Rogers scored for the Huskies, and Rogers’ second goal of the game with 1:37 remaining put the Huskies on top by a 6-5 score. However, the North Stars pulled their goalie and scored the game tying goal with 20 seconds on the clock.

Disappointed by the outcome of the St. Charles game, OPRF came out firing on all cylinders against the Redhawks on Sunday night. Phil O’Connor scored on the first shift of the game, assisted by Kevin Meegan and Jonah Rice. The Huskies dominated the early part of the period, putting six shots on goal before the Redhawks got their first.

However, once the Redhawks woke up, they began pounding the OPRF net, and the story of the game became Huskies’ goalie Tanner Houston and the Huskies’ defense. Houston was spectacular in goal, stopping shot after shot including one flurry of four point-blank shots during a Huskies’ penalty kill in the second period. When Houston left a rebound, one of the Huskies’ defenders was there to sweep the puck out of the crease. Houston stopped 33 shots over the first two periods, and the Huskies killed off a five minute major penalty at the end of the second period to preserve their 1-0 lead.

The Redhawks finally put a puck past Houston with a power play goal two minutes into the third period. The Huskies generated a couple scoring chances of their own, but couldn’t retake the lead. Houston finished the game with 46 saves on 48 shots.

The Huskies have two games on their home ice at Ridgeland Common this week. They will face off against Deerfield tonight (8 p.m.) and against Bartlett Sunday (6:10 p.m.).

A press release contributed to this report.

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