Strong start helps Loyola Gold top Glenbrook North
Loyola Gold's Axel Lifvendahl (center) battles Glenbrook North's Parker Roth (left) and Jacob Yale (right) during their game on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Northbrook. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media
NORTHBROOK — Five different Ramblers scored, while goalie Jordy Reizen stopped 18 shots, as Loyola Gold defeated Glenbrook North 5-2 in boys hockey Thursday night at the Northbrook Ice Rink.
Loyola got off to a fast start as Axel Lifvendahl scored on a rebound less than five minutes into the contest, followed three minutes later by a goal off the stick of Alex Armstrong for a 2-0 lead. Griff Burns found the back of the net to make it 3-0 in the first.
“We had a great start,” Loyola coach DJ Lavarre said. “The kids came out with a lot of energy. It was a total team effort.”
Ryan Maksimovic got the Spartans on the board with just over a minute left until the first period intermission. Midway through the second, Zach Scholl gave the Ramblers their three-goal lead back on a power play. Glenbrook North kept within striking distance on a late second-period goal by Raven Blake on a slap shot.
Harrison Armstrong pushed the lead back to three when he lit the lamp for Loyola just over five minutes into the third. Thereafter, Reizen took over making a couple of acrobatic saves.
“Jordy played a great game for us,” Lavarre said. “He made some big saves.”
Loyola had 24 shots on Glenbrook North goalie Nathan Berger. Despite allowing five shots to cross the goal line, Berger made a number of point-blank saves to keep the Spartans in the contest.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Jan. 24 to read more about the Loyola boys hockey team.