Washburn cleans up win for Glenbrook South
CHICAGO — The ice was a little rough by the second game 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 boys hockey game and the Titans deadlocked with the Caravan, Connor Dunham found Washburn at the left point who placed it under the goalkeeper’s pads for the 3-2 win in the Hockey City Classic Winter Festival.
“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. “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.”
Dylan Klouda got the game going for Mount Carmel with a goal at the 4:57 mark of the first period. The winger was able to slot it home after Michael Lupa placed the puck right on his blade.
The Titans (15-16-5) waited until 1:14 remaining in the period before responding. Johnny Savino tallied his first goal of the year off a Taylor Bielanski assist. Bielanski skated behind the net and delivered a center pass to Savino.
The second period belonged to Mount Carmel (10-10-3) and not even a twenty-four 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 slave.
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.
But Titans winger Eric Davis gave the momentum back to Glenbrook South with a backhand goal off a deflection that tied the game 25 seconds into the third period.
“We were starting to break out well. 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,” Davis said.
For Washburn, the win is nice but he is looking forward.
“What’s really important is that this win gives us momentum heading into the playoffs,” he said.