The Brookfield Central Glacier played two Illinois teams last weekend and came away with two impressive victories.
The Glacier scored early and often on their way to a 12-1 dismantling of the Lake Forest Scouts, the Illinois state runner-up last season, Nov. 29 at Ponds of Brookfield.
The Glacier girls then skated away with a 2-1 overtime victory over Team Illinois, a U19 AAA Club team from West Dundee, Ill., Saturday.
The Scouts rolled into town sitting atop the Illinois High School rankings, but they also arrived facing early-season adversity with some key injuries.
Judging by the dominate performance the Glacier put on, the Scouts needed their full roster and then some to have a chance at making the game competitive.
The Glacier scored 1 minute, 20 seconds into the contest and goals followed at the rate of one goal every three minutes until the Glacier appeared to make some strategy and lineup changes halfway through the second period.
Six minutes into the first period, with the Glacier leading 2-0, the Scouts looked to capitalize on the Glacier penalty and prove they could make a game of it, but the aggressive Glacier penalty kill ended all those thoughts with a quick short-handed goal, their fourth short-handed goal in two games.
A balanced Glacier scoring attack was led by Brookfield Central senior Morgan Hollowell with three goals, Menomonee Falls senior Jamie Ertl with two goals and two assists, Waukesha North sophomore Kelli Sorge with two goals and two assists, Mukwonago junior Arianna Smith with a goal and three assists and Waukesha West senior Becca Gecks with two goals.
The Glacier members look at the contest with Team Illinois as an early season barometer, so with Saturday's overtime win, it is a good indication the Glacier is on pace for another successful campaign.
Team Illinois struck first, scoring at 6:30 of the second period on a goal by Jessie Meluch. The Glacier responded immediately, putting in a goal at the 10:20 mark of the second period.
Hollowell skated out of the corner to draw the TI defense out and as they rushed her, she slid the puck up to sophomore Irene Hougard of Kettle Moraine at the blue line.
Hougard made a great move to elude a TI defender and she fired a hard pass to Smith, who was wide open on the back door and scored to tie the game.
"The move by Irene to get in behind the TI forwards was the key to the scoring play," Glacier coach Brian Smith said. "We've been telling the team that their movement without the puck is crucial, but equally important is calculated movement with the puck to put the opposition's defense in a decision-making position. Irene's read of that situation was a big-time play."
Before the overtime, Smith reminded his team of some rules.
"I told them there is no team that is better prepared to play OT than us," he said. "They know the rules, now get out there and take care of business."
Five minutes into the overtime period Central junior Trinity Robinson retrieved a rebound in the low left slot and sneaked it past the TI goaltender for the game winner.
"We were happy to get the win," Smith said, "but I was probably more happy for Trinity. She was a major producer for our team last season, but had yet to register her first point of this season."
Glacier goaltender Jenna Bales, a junior from Central, finished the game with 28 saves for a 96 percent save percentage.
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