Glenbrook North overcomes slow start to beat Stevenson
Stevenson center Michael Trapp (right) shoots during a game against Glenbrook North Saturday. | Ray Whitehouse~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 2, 2013 3:45AM
NORTHBROOK — Nicholas Day recorded two goals and two assists, while Ryan Maksimovic notched a goal with two helpers, as top-ranked Glenbrook North defeated Stevenson 6-2 in boys hockey Saturday night at the Northbrook Ice Arena.
“We were moving the puck and all working well together,” Day said. “The guys gave me some great passes.”
But it was Stevenson (21-17-4) that looked like the state’s best team in the opening period. The Patriots outshot Glenbrook North 16-5 en route to a 2-1 lead. After the Spartans’ Seth Gideon (one goal, one assist) scored the game’s first goal off a feed from Maksimovic, Stevenson had tallies from Michael Trapp and Jared Projansky, on an assist from Trapp.
The score might have been worse for Glenbrook North, but goaltender Nathan Berger made several acrobatic stops.
“I let them stew about it awhile,” Glenbrook North coach Evan Poulakidas said about the break between the first and second periods. “They started to rethink what they were doing.”
“We started out playing pretty well,” Stevenson coach Jim Wood said. “But then we had a couple of breakdowns in our zone. They did a good job of moving the puck and their guys buried it.”
Glenbrook North (41-10-3) got the game-winner midway through the second period as Day found Maksimovic in front of the net for a one-timer and a 3-2 lead.
The Spartans also had goals from Jonathan Gauger and Christopher Zhang.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper Thursday to read more about the Glenbrook North and Stevenson boys hockey teams.