By Ross Forman
New Trier Green just continues to steamroll its competition, highlighted by a 3-1 win over archrival Loyola Gold on Sunday, Nov. 25, in the championship game of the 47th annual Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament, held in Wilmette.
The Trevians stand at 29-0 and remain the No. 1-ranked team in Illinois.
Green advanced to the finals with a 3-2 overtime win over Glenbrook North, while the Ramblers skated past Saint Viator 4-1 in the other semifinal.
In the Trevians’ first three games of the tournament, they outscored their opponents 21-1. Evanston scored once against Green, while Benet Academy and Maine Township were victims of shutouts.
“Winning the Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament was a great accomplishment. I could not be more proud of this group of young men,” said Green head coach Bob Melton who, in 22 years as the Green coach, has seemingly owned the championship of the Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament.
“Being 29-0 and off to such a strong start is a great accomplishment, but not something we talk about. We continue to strive to get better each and every day.”
Green faces Gold once again on Sunday, Dec. 2 as part of the annual Quadheader at Centennial Ice Arena in Wilmette, benefitting Misericordia.
“It’s a great cause,” Melton said. “Any time we can raise money for something like Misericordia, it’s terrific. It’s a big game with two rivals that will draw a lot of people and I think it will be great night.”
Loyola Gold’s Patrick Weimer played a big part in this decision. He has been on the junior board at Misericordia for four years and has been an active volunteer with his mom. This year he is the Director of Outside Events where he runs events, such as parties for outreach and the Quad games.
“We thought it’d be a great idea to turn our rivalry with New Trier Green into something good,” he said. “We thought it’d be a great way to raise awareness and money for the Misericordia home. I just like getting people involved and really have a good time with all of the residents.”
‘Playing For a Purpose’ will be the slogan for the event and T-shirts will also be available.
Misericordia is a not-for-profit corporation which offers a community of care for people with mild to profound developmental disabilities. It currently serves more than 600 children and adults residentially on its 31-acre Chicago campus.
“I think it’s just a great organization,” Weimer said. “It’s helping a lot of people in a lot of good ways.”
- Waubonsie Valley slipped past Illinois West rival Glenbard to capture the championship Nov. 25 in the finals of the annual Stevenson Thanksgiving Tournament, held in Buffalo Grove. Waubonsie senior forward Bill Naffziger scored the game-winning shootout goal.
- Highland Park and Glenbrook North each triumphed 5-2, over Deerfield and Glenbrook South, respectively, on Nov. 21 in their respective Rivalry Night games. Tim Burke had a goal and an assist, while David Wilcox added two assists for the Spartans. Max Kaufman scored the game-winner early in the third period for the Giants, assisted by Sebastian Thomas, as HP claimed the District 113 Cup.
The Illinois High School Hockey Top 20 Rankings (as of Nov. 26), as compiled by Ross Forman
1. New Trier Green
2. Loyola Gold
3. Glenbrook North
4. St. Ignatius
5. Saint Viator
7. Maine Township
10. Carmel Catholic
12. Glenbrook South
13. Loyola Maroon
14. Wheaton West
15. Waubonsie Valley
17. Benet Academy
18. St. Rita
20. New Trier White
Others to Watch: Lake Forest, Hinsdale Central, Latin School of Chicago
Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for more than 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 by email at Rossco814@aol.com.