Stevenson evens series, forces decisive Game 3
Stevenson's Vince Moschea (40) moves with the puck during the second period of a game against Glenbrook North Saturday. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 9, 2013 10:18PM
BUFFALO GROVE — The Stevenson boys hockey team spent much of the first two periods Saturday killing penalties against Glenbrook North in the Scholastic Hockey League Cup Finals. The Patriots were always trailing or tied during that stretch.
The third period was a different story as Stevenson scored the first three goals and went on to earn a 7-4 victory at Twin Rinks. Stevenson’s victory forced a decisive Game 3, which will be played Sunday at 6:20 p.m. in Northbrook.
For Stevenson (28-21-5), it was a complete role reversal from its first game against Glenbrook North.
“We played very selfishly in the first game,” Stevenson coach Jim Wood said. “We were not using our speed and we were not moving the puck. Tonight we played more like a team.”
Stevenson’s Ryan Wiley got the go-ahead goal early in the third period on a rebound.
Four minutes later, Jared Projansky completed a hat trick and gave the Patriots a two-goal cushion and a 5-3 lead. At that point, Glenbrook North coach Evan Poulikadis pulled goalie Nathan Berger but the move failed to give the No. 1 Spartans (51-15-3) any momentum.
“In the first game, they took it to us,” Projansky said. “We put a lot of shots on net and the three goals were just a cherry on top.”
The Spartans outshot No. 5 Stevenson 38-29 for the game.
Ari Shellist scored on a wraparound with just over five minutes remaining and then Michael Trapp scored his second goal of the game to counter Justin Nein’s third-period goal for Glenbrook North.
“The first game there was too much individual effort on our part,” Trapp said. “Tonight, we pulled it together.”
In the first game, Glenbrook North dominated play and beat Stevenson 4-0 Thursday.
“They have four lines that are very good,” Wood said of Glenbrook North. “We have to stay out of the box against them. They are too talented to give an extra skater to.”