Despite a 2-0 loss to Lake Forest in the Blackhawk Cup series title game at the United Center on Sunday afternoon, the Fenwick girls hockey team deservedly celebrated a special season at Skrine Chops in Forest Park later that evening.

Fenwick (13-10-3) made its improbable way to the series title game via a 3-2 upset of New Trier in the previous postseason game as Jessica Cwik scored the game-winner late in the third period. The Friars finished third in the Scholastic Cup Girls Metro League.

“We lost the title game so there’s a bit of a bittersweet feeling,” Fenwick coach Cary Shinsako said. “Nobody in our league expected us to even make it that far. The girls played really well and had a great season. There was tremendous camaraderie among the players and they really supported each other.”

Lake Forest had more shots on goal (21-13) than Fenwick, which battled admirably throughout the entire game. Promising Fenwick freshman goaltender Frances Flores finished with 17 saves against the Scouts.

Bridget Roche and Chandler Scoco each scored a goal for Lake Forest (18-8-4).

The Friars, a team comprised of students from Fenwick, OPRF, Trinity and Guerin, also featured stellar defense all season, led by Cwik, Rebecca Shinsako, Maggie Conroy and Rachel Azuma. Cwik and Conroy attend Fenwick while Shinsako and Azuma are OPRF students.

“We created this combined team just to give girls an opportunity to play hockey,” added Cary Shinsako about a program that has been in existence for 10 years. “That’s not always the case with combined teams, with some putting the main focus on winning.”

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