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Hockey: Mount Carmel falls to Glenbrook South

The ice was a little rough by the second game of the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field on Saturday, but Glenbrook South winger Jack Washburn’s game-winning goal against Mount Carmel was smooth.

With 1:47 left in the game and the Titans and Caravan deadlocked at 2-2, Washburn found space on the left point, eight feet from the goal. He received a perfect pass from Connor Dunham and placed it under the goalkeeper’s pads.

“We were just trying to work it down low in the last few minutes. We were just stringing passes together, looking to score,” Washburn said.

He said getting a game-winning goal is always nice but doing it at Soldier Field was special.

“It just felt amazing to do it in this atmosphere. My family and friends were there in the stands. It’s something you’ll never forget,” he said.

Dylan Klouda scored for Mount Carmel at the 4:57 mark of the first period. The winger slotted it home after Michael Lupa placed the puck right on his blade.

The Titans (15-16-5) responded with 1:14 remaining in the period. Johnny Savino tallied his first goal of the year off a Taylor Bielanski assist. Bielanski skated behind the net and delivered a centering pass to Savino.

The second period belonged to Mount Carmel (10-10-3) and not even a 24-minute delay to work on the ice could stop the Caravan’s momentum.

Luke Glover had a chance to give Mount Carmel the lead when he found himself skating down the ice on a breakaway at the 9:36 mark. He deked left and shot right but goalkeeper Reid McMahon made a brilliant glove save.

Mount Camel’s persistence paid off with 7:13 left in the period when Richard Fordon knocked in a puck that had been deflected four times in the middle of a scrum in front of the net.

Winger Eric Davis gave the momentum back to Glenbrook South with a goal off a deflection that tied the game 25 seconds into the third period.

“We were starting to break out well,” Davis said. “Michael Dillon put a good shot on goal and I happened to be there to put it in. It definitely changed the direction of the game.”

For Washburn, the win was nice but he is looking forward.

“What’s really important is that this win gives us momentum heading into the playoffs,” he said.



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