The OPRF Hockey Club bowed out of the state playoffs and ended their season last week, but not before putting a scare into the state’s No. 1 team, New Trier Green.

On paper, the game appeared to be a huge mismatch. New Trier entered the game with a 46-6-4 record, while the Huskies’ 18-25-8 mark put them at No. 32 in the playoff rankings. While the Huskies gave the Trevians a run for two periods, New Trier swiped away any chance of an upset with a 5-1 victory.

New Trier tuned up for the playoffs by thrashing its last four opponents by a combined score of 34-0. All four teams were ranked higher than the Huskies, and two were ranked in the top 10. However, when the puck was dropped, the Huskies were ready to play. New Trier scored the only goal of the first period three minutes into the game on a shot through a screen that just slipped under goalie Tanner Houston’s left pad. Houston stopped everything else New Trier threw at him and the period ended with the Huskies trailing 1-0.

OPRF tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period on Phil O’Connor’s goal. O’Connor took a pass from defenseman Julian Blamires, skated into the New Trier zone, and fired a wrist shot that hit the bottom of the cross bar and settled in the back of the net.

While the Huskies had several other scoring chances against a very tough defense, New Trier scored the next goal midway through the period to go back on top 2-1.

The Huskies continued to battle, but New Trier came out for the third period with more focus and intensity. The Trevians pushed their lead to 3-1 with a goal in the first minute of play and tacked on two power play goals later in the period.

Houston was spectacular in goal for OPRF, stopping 45-of-50 New Trier shots.

A press release contributed to this report.

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