Interview with Loyola Gold Head Coach D.J. LaVarre
Loyola Gold did something this past Dec. 14 that the Ramblers were not able to do all last season: defeat arch-rival New Trier Green.
The Trevians defeated the Ramblers four times last season, but as the 2013 portion of the 2013-14 season wrapped up, Gold stopped Green 6-3 in Winnetka, as Jacob Skarzynski and Danny O’Grady each scored twice, while Ryan Hill had a goal and an assist against the Trevians.
*Highland Park stands on top of the North Central Division, with a 15-1-3 record, two points ahead of Maine Township and BG/H/W. New Trier Blue collected 27 points in 19 games, while the CCM Tigers and New Trier White had 24. Cary-Grove finished 0-19 and only scored 16 league goals while surrendering 125.
*The co-op Lakers JV team was undefeated in 20 games, finishing 15-0-5.
*Noah Pickus (Highland Park) and Derek Dyball (Maine Township) each scored 21 goals in 19 games.
Editor’s Note: Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for nearly 15 years, and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center. Contact Ross at Rossco814@aol.com.