Needing to win 3-of-4 games last week to advance in the Metro West playoffs, the OPRF Hockey Club came up one win short. The Huskies defeated Naperville North 5-1 and Hinsdale South 5-4, but lost to Bartlett, 4-3, and Geneva, 6-2.

Playing in their final home game on Sunday night, seniors Mike Wojtowicz, Jack Brofman, Evan McCall, Joel Meyerson, and Andy Dirgo paced OPRF to a 5-1 over the Naperville North. Wojtowicz scored two goals, Brofman chipped in one, and the Huskies also got two goals from junior forward Dean Rogers. McCall split the goaltending duties with Tanner Houston and stopped all 12 shots he faced. Meyerson and Dirgo played extended time on defense, and each had several open ice hits on Naperville North forwards. Meyerson also picked up an assist.

On Friday night, the Huskies opened up a 4-1 lead on Hinsdale South behind two goals from Brofman and one each from Sean Marks and Evan Vondrasek, and looked to be coasting to an easy win. However, the Hornets scored three unanswered goals to tie the game at 4-4 early in the third period. Wojtowicz scored the game winner with 9:30 remaining, tipping in Kevin Meegan’s blast from the left point, and Houston stopped a flurry of Hinsdale South shots in the final minutes to preserve the win.

Both of the Huskies’ losses followed similar patterns. OPRF held the lead and seemed to be in control at the midway point of each game, only to be done in by a short stretch of unfocused and undisciplined hockey. Two goals from Phil O’Connor and one from Seth Molek put the Huskies on top of Bartlett 3-1. However, the Huskies surrendered three goals over a 2:53 stretch late in the second period.

Against Geneva, goals from O’Connor and Rogers gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead, but the Huskies gave up five goals over the final five minutes of the second period and lost 6-2.

Next up for OPRF is the Blackhawk Cup state playoffs Feb. 27. The Huskies face a stiff test, as their opponent will be New Trier Green, the state’s No. 1-ranked team. New Trier has a 44-5-4 record, with only one loss to an Illinois team. The game will be played at Centennial Ice Arena in Wilmette.

A press release contributed to this report.

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