By Evan Poulakidas, President of the Scholastic Hockey League
The Scholastic Hockey League had a fine showing in the Wheaton West Pre-Season tournament at Center Ice of DuPage having 3 out of the 4 teams in the semi-finals – York, Glenbrook South and Glenbrook North. Providence (Chicago Catholic Hockey League) was the other Semi-Finalist.
York defeated Providence in a come from behind shoot-out win and Glenbrook North defeated sister school Glenbrook South 6-5 in overtime. York trailed multiple times only to catch the Celtics at 3. The two teams played a full 10 minute OT period with no result. York came up with the lone shoot-out goal to win 4-3.
Glenbrook South got all over North and took a 4-0 lead into the 3rd period and then another lead of 5-3 with 3 minutes to play. Senior GBN forward David Rubin then put on quite a show. He had scored the first 2 goals for GBN early in the 3rd period then finished his 5 goal period by scoring with 3:49 to play (3:21 and 55 seconds). Mike Day scored the winner at the 39 mark of the OT period.
The finals saw Rubin score 2 goals in the 2nd period of the finals. York cut the lead to 1 with 6 minutes to play with a goal by forward Ben Semmelhack. York continued to pressure, but was not able to get the equalizer. Rubin was named the MVP of the tournament with 11 goals in 5 games.