Day helps give Glenbrook North Scholastic Cup
Updated: March 12, 2013 11:00PM
NORTHBROOK — Nicholas Day broke a tie with 2:15 left in the third period and then added an empty-netter one minute later as Glenbrook North defeated Stevenson 4-2 to win the Scholastic Hockey League Cup Sunday night at the Northbrook Ice Arena. The Spartans won the best-of-three series 2-1.
The game-clincher for the Spartans (52-15-3) came on a steal by Day.
“I intercepted the pass by the red line,” Day said. “I was open, so I took a wrist shot and it went in the top left corner. It feels great.”
Although Glenbrook North dominated the game, out-shooting Stevenson 32-17, Patriots goalie Corey Benjoya came up with a bevy of big saves.
“He’s a great goalie,” Day said. “We tried not to get frustrated.”
“We kept telling them to shoot pucks on net,” Glenbrook North coach Evan Poulakidas said. “Nicholas took the puck away and beat the goalie.”
Glenbrook North opened the scoring on a power play slap shot by Seth Gideon with just over five minutes left in the first period. Jared Projansky tied the score for Stevenson (29-22-2) three minutes later putting his own rebound behind Stevenson goalie Nathan Berger.
Then with only 14 seconds left in the second period, Projansky scored his 51st goal of the season on a backhand to give the Patriots a 2-1 lead.
“That was a big goal right at the end of the second,” Projansky said. “I thought we had a good chance to win after that.”
“Jared Projansky was terrific for them,” Poulakidas said.
But the Spartans’ Zachary Meier knotted the score at 2-2 with 12:29 left in the game.
“It was a shame that someone had to win. They did,” Stevenson coach Jim Wood said with a smile. “You have to give Glenbrook North credit. They did a great job in the third period.”
Last season, when the schools were in the Metro North conference, Stevenson defeated Glenbrook North in overtime to win the conference title.
The Spartans are currently in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs, and will face Benet on Thursday at 6:40 p.m. at The Edge in Bensenville.