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Stevenson's Vince Moschea (left) looks to advance the puck past a Glenbrook North skater during Game 2 of Scholastic Hockey League Finals. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Stevenson did a complete role reversal from its first game against Glenbrook North, scoring goals in bunches to force a decisive Game 3 with a 7-4 victory in the Scholastic Hockey League Cup Finals on Saturday at Twin Rinks in Buffalo Grove.
Game 3 will be played Sunday at 6:20 p.m. in Northbrook.
“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.”
The Patriots (28-21-5) spent much of the first two periods killing penalties and were always trailing or tied during that stretch. The third period was a different story, as Stevenson scored the first three goals to take a 6-3 lead. Ryan Wiley had the go-ahead goal early in the period off a rebound.
Just four minutes later, Jared Projansky completed a hat trick that gave the Patriots a two-goal cushion and a 5-3 lead. At that point, Glenbrook North (51-15-3) coach Evan Poulakidis pulled goalie Nathan Berger, but the move failed to give the No. 1 Spartans 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.”
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.
“The first game there was too much individual effort on our part,” Trapp said. “Tonight, we pulled it together.”
Glenbrook dominated play and shut out Stevenson with a 4-0 victory in Game 1.
The Spartans outshot No. 5 Stevenson 38-29 in Game 2.
“They have four lines that are very good,” Wood said of Glenbrook. “We have to stay out of the box against them. They are too talented to give an extra skater to.”