Glenbrook South goalie Matt Grinde blocks the final shootout attempt by New Trier’s Jack Dolby (19) to win the game for the Titans. New Trier Green played Glenbrook South in a hockey game at the Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette on Thursday. | Jason Glosniak/for Sun-Times Media
The Glenbrook South boys hockey team entered the locker room screaming with joy after a stunning 3-2 shootout victory over New Trier on Thursday night in Wilmette.
New Trier dominated the early going, firing the first six shots of the night and outshooting Glenbrook South 44-10 after 34 minutes. Toward the end of the second period, however, freshman defenseman Nick Stevens slotted a roller into the right corner of the net, cutting the Trevians’ 2-0 advantage in half. From there on out, the Titans were far more competitive offensively, outshooting the Trevians early in the third period.
Glenbrook South sophomore goalkeeper Matt Grinde ended the night with 42 saves, but a non-save in the shootout might have been his most dramatic play of all. After junior forward DK Arenson gave the Titans a quick lead in the shootout with a backhand through the five-hole, Grinde stuffed Matt Solberg and then made a diving save on Cooper Johnson. Grinde followed with a remarkable save on Jack Dolby, turning the shot away with an extended right pad.
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New Trier held Glenbrook South without a shot for the first 9 minutes, 15 seconds of the game and didn’t give up a shot on goal until the second period.
“I can’t even describe how it feels. If this compares to the Stanley Cup, it obviously doesn’t, but I don’t even want to know how good it feels to win the Stanley Cup after beating these guys. It’s got to be unreal.” — Grinde