Team Illinois Advances to America’s Showcase Quarter-Finals!

By Terry Stasica, Team Manager

The third game of the High School America;s Showcase Tournament had Illinois playing Indiana. With Brad Neal in net for Illinois the first period was kept scoreless.

The second period saw Tom Feldman (Robert Ernsting, Troy Nelson) opening the scoring at 13:50. Then Chad Yale (Troy Nelson, Tom Feldman) tallied at 3:09 to make it a 2 to 0 score after two periods.

The third saw Illinois opening it up with goals from Alex Merritt (Chris Zhang, Kyle Slovis) at 8:24 then Brent Segvich (Gvin Proeh, Jake Cimarusti) on the ensuing faceoff. At 6:10 Nick Pietro (Mike DeSalvo, Adam Czarnecki) and at 2:45 Nick Pietro (Harrison Kohl, Mike DeSalvo) scored making it 6 to 0 Illinois. Robert Ernsting (Troy Nelson, Kyle Slovis) closed the scoring at 2:15 capping the 7 to 0 third win in the seeding round. Brad Neal stopped at 14 Missouri shots recording the second straight shutout for Illinois.

After going 3 – 0 in the seeding round, scoring 17 goals while allowing only 1 against Illinois will find out later who their opponent will be in tomorrows’ Quarter Final round. Both “A” pool top teams teams, Illinois and Pittsburgh, have the same 3 – 0 record with Pittsburgh scoring 18 goals while allowing 5 against.



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