Lincoln Way Hockey JV Red will be playing in a best-of-3 series for the Illinois Hayes-Suburban Tier II JV championship beginning Saturday night, March 10th at 6:35 PM at HF Ice Arena. They got there by defeating the #2 seed Spartans 4-0 in the first round on February 10th with Freshman goalie Zach Vecchiet recording the 29 save shutout and getting goals from Senior Captain John Ruane, Freshman Ethan Mills, Freshman Tyler Pyznarski, and Sophomore Rocco Narcissi. Lincoln Way jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and was able to capitalize on strong defense, good passing and timely goaltending to maintain the lead throughout. Protecting a 2 goal lead late in the third period, the Spartans pulled their goalie to pressure the Lincoln-Way offensive zone, but Lincoln-Way was able to keep the puck out of their net and produce 2 empty net goals to seal the victory.
JV Red faced the #6 seeded DuPage Stars in the Semi-finals on February 24th and jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, chasing the DuPage starting goalie before finally sealing a 6-4 win with a goal by Sophomore Joseph Pustis with just over 4 minutes to play and keeping the Stars off the board after they pulled their goalie. The game was highlighted by a hat trick by Freshman Nick Sickman, three assists by Tyler Pyznarski, two goals by Joseph Pustis and an unassisted goal by Sophomore Will Blackwell. The win secured the date in the best-of-3 series for the championship against #4 seed St. Laurence.
The schedule for the finals are:
Game #2 – Sunday, March 11th at 7:10 PM at Southwest Ice Arena
Game #3 – March 17th or 18th – Time and location TBD
We hope to see everyone out at the games to support the team and cheer them on in their quest for the title.