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Hockey: Sandburg aims to turn tables on New Trier Green

Adam Howey (9) twbrother Alex (18) will look help Sandburg avenge last season’s playoff loss New Trier. | Supplied photo

Adam Howey (9) and twin brother Alex (18) will look to help Sandburg avenge last season’s playoff loss to New Trier. | Supplied photo

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Updated: April 8, 2014 6:37AM



Revenge has been on the mind of the Sandburg hockey team all season.

On Monday, it will get the chance to exact it.

Fifty-one weeks after New Trier Green ended the Eagles’ playoff run, Sandburg has an opportunity to return the favor when the teams meet in the state quarterfinals Monday. The meeting was set up after the Trevians topped Glenbrook South 8-1 and Sandburg beat Highland Park 6-4 on Monday in the second round of the state tournament.

Last season, the Trevians eliminated Sandburg 3-2 in a hard-fought state semifinal battle that went down to the wire. A week later, New Trier Green defeated Glenbrook North for the 11th state title in program history.

“Revenge is definitely on our minds,’’ the Eagles’ Adam Howey said. ‘‘We are excited for the chance to play them. It would mean a lot to us to beat them because last year was a disappointment. That loss still stings.”

To beat the Trevians, the Eagles know they must play one of their best games of the season. In the first two rounds of the tournament, against Highland Park and Notre Dame, Sandburg’s offense flourished, scoring 13 goals. But against New Trier, one of the top teams in the area, it’s the Eagles’ defense that must step up.

“For us to have a chance, our goalie (Ryan Lewis) must be phenomenal,” said Alex Howey, Adam’s twin brother. “We also have to do all the little things well: block shots, win faceoffs, clear pucks. When it’s do-or-die, we can’t have errors like those cost us the game.”

After their win over the Giants in the second round, many of the Eagles players stayed at the Edge West Ice Arena to watch the Trevians take care of business. What Sandburg saw was a quick, talented squad that has similarities to the team it faced last season despite player turnover. New Trier, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, graduated 13 seniors but still boasts plenty of talent.

“New Trier will be a great test for us, but I like our position,” coach Keith Mizwicki said.

Added Adam Howey: “We’ve waited to play them all year long. To have a chance to beat them in this game, this is the perfect opportunity.”



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