As we monitor the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and follow the recommendations of county and state health organizations, the safety of our players and coaches is a top priority of the GBNHC Board. It is with this in mind that we have decided, along with the coaching staff, to have 2-3 non-contact practices and/or skills sessions per week until recommendations change. No league games, travel games, or tournaments will be permitted as part of Glenbrook North Hockey Club. All hockey programs in the state have the same restrictions and we will continue to monitor the situation daily as return to play is communicated to our organization.
Participation by any player in any hockey related activity
outside of the guidelines will be at the complete discretion of the player and their family and will independent of GBNHC."
y Ross Forman – Andrew Rubin has some large skates to fill and follow: his older brother David and his dad, Larry, both of whom have skated for Glenbrook North.
And Andrew is doing just fine, thank you.
“Andrew’s hockey IQ is off the chart,” said GBN head coach Evan Poulakidas. “Combine that with his skill level and will-to-win, and you have an elite-(level) player.
“What’s more is the fact that he is such a team leader, on and off the ice. He makes everyone around him better.”
Andrew, 17, a Northbrook resident, is a senior for the Spartans in his third season on varsity, sporting uniform No. 10 – the same number he also wears as GBN’s starting second baseman for its baseball team. He is a right-handed-shooting center who honed his skills while skating for the Northbrook Bluehawks.
“It was a great season for our team, but the final four of the state tournament getting cancelled (this past March) was devastating,” Rubin said. “I truly believe we were playing our best hockey at the time, and we had just as good of a shot as anyone to win it all.”
So now Rubin and the Spartans are focused on another successful season when the 2020-21 campaign kicks off. His goals are high: “Lead (the) team to the state championship, (the) Scholastic Hockey League Championship, and every tournament we play in.”
Rubin certainly is a leading candidate for many of the post-season individual honors, including All-State, All-SHL and more.
He is, though, more centered on team accolades than individual honors. “I would like to be the best teammate I can be, especially during the tough times we are in right now,” he said.
Rubin’s game is one of strategy, creativity, and a high skill level. He almost always is in the right place at the right time.
Such as the time he scored the game-winning goal in the Holiday Hockey Tournament as a sophomore against perennial power New Trier Green.
“My commitment to the weight room has prepared me to take even more strides then I did last year. I also have gained more confidence in myself and my game,” Rubin said.
The Spartans have several key returners in addition to Rubin, such as Everett Levin, Daniel Wilcox, and Matt Carr. And he said the newcomers “will contribute right away.”
“I feel we are able to compete with anyone in the state with our team’s combination of skill, speed, and chemistry,” Rubin said.
“I don’t feel any pressure (for this season) as this is exactly what I have been preparing for ever since I was a little kid. I know that the players and coaches around me have my back, no matter what. This is going to be a memorable season.”
Rubin added: “I take a lot of pride in my Hockey IQ because no skill can save me if I am in the wrong position. Just by putting myself in the best position possible I will be able to be more successful. My vision and my shot are two things that compliment very well with my Hockey IQ.
“When I am in any sort of competition, I am always very competitive. I’m the type of person who hates to lose more than I like to win.”
No doubt it’s a drive passed through his family. “Watching my brother David play and lead was a huge influence on me,” Andrew said. “I emulate my game after him, and he is an inspiration to me and a person I look up to.
“My dad is always honest with me after every game, good and bad, which has paid huge dividends for me.”
And Larry has given the best advice Andrew has ever gotten. Larry always says: ‘Remember the most important thing is, to have fun.’
David, now 20, played three years of varsity hockey for GBN and is now playing baseball at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Larry, who played two years of varsity hockey for GBN, is now an ever-present cheerleader of sorts at Spartan games.
“Baseball helps me a ton for hockey as baseball teaches me how to deal with failure and respond positively. Hockey helps me bring intensity into every pitch of a baseball game,” said Rubin, who plans on majoring in engineering in college and wants to continue playing either sport at the next level.
“Ever since our season ended abruptly (this past March) after beating Loyola Gold in the Elite Eight, all I have thought about was getting back on the ice. With the returning players we have, along with some key additions, I believe we can compete with anyone in the state. It is obviously tough with the season on hold, but when we get the green light to play, I will be ready.”
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The SHL NETWORK will be televising the Elite 8 games starting Wednesday:
6:40 Barrington v Providence 8:35 New Trier Green v St. Ignatius
6:40 Saint Viator v Glenbrook South 8:35 Glenbrook North v Loyola Gold
Matt Dahlke has been named the High School player of Year by AHAI.
The formal award name is the JJ O'Connor Male High School Player of the Year,
Dahlke's other awards this year are: ALL STATE, ALL SHL FIRST TEAM, and a member of the FALL and SPRING ILLINOIS SHOWCASE TEAM, and BLACKHAWKS ALUMNI ALL STAR.
Blackhawk Alumni Luncheon - March 9, 2020
Matt Dahlke and Evan Izenstark with Blackhawks Coach Colliton and other members of the 2020 Blackhawk Alumni All Stars
The Blackhawk Alumni have chosen their 6 player All Star Hockey Team.
Included on this years team from Glenbrook North are Evan Izenstark and Matt Dahlke. Also awarded Coach of the year was Evan Poulakidas.
Congratulations to High School Coach of the Year, selected by the Blackhawk Alumni
CONGRATULASTIONS TO AIDAN SIEGEL JV SCORING CHAMPION
Congratulations to the GLENBROOK NORTH players who made the SHL ALL ACADEMIC TEAM.
Matt Carr, Matt Dahlke, Everett Levin, Casey Miller, John Ovnanyan, Brayden Roy, Kyle Burke, Evan Izenstark, Matt Sasaki, Daniel Wilcox,
Jordan Fliegel, Colin Cyphers, Jim Dahlke, Daniel Kim, John Raub Jr., Aidan Siegel, Lev Vaynberg-Movchan, Ian Burns, Jordan Gentner, David Gichner, Steven Liss, Michael Swift
NEW TRIER GREEN v LOYOLA GOLD
2PM TODAY ON THE SHL NETWORK
SEMI-FINAL GAME 2
The SHL announced the ALL SHL TEAM for 2020. Selected from GBN:
Forward Matt Dahlke 1st Team
Defenseman Evan Izenstark 1st Team
Goalie Matt Carr 2nd Team
GBN All State Players - Matt Dahlke, Matt Carr and Evan Izenstark
For a team that has a rich and glorious history, the 2019 Blackhawk Holiday Tournament just added a new chapter to its wonderful history.
Glenbrook North (37 W, 4L, 3 OTL, 2T) defended its Blackhawks Tournament Championship by defeating Stevenson 4-3 in a shootout but that is just the beginning of the story.
On the way to the semi-finals GBN defeated Marist 6-0, Wheaton West 4-2. The 3rd game against Cherry Creek would decide who would move onto the Semi-Finals. Trailing 3-1 heading into the 3rd period the Spartans exploded with 4 goals to win by the score of 5-3 and set the stage for one of the most memorable tournament endings in GBN history.
With goalie Sam Billis out with injury, Matt Carr was left with all the goalie duties but Carr would suffer a lower body injury after the Cherry Creek game.
With the holiday break two other JV goalies were out of town leaving one other option and that turned out to be Nate Kasdan, who is rostered on the JV team but normally plays for the Northbrook Bluehawks Bantam Elite team.
Kasdan answered the request to play and his first start was in the semi-final against Glenbard. The Spartans got out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Matt Dahlke, Charlie Slovis shorthanded and Daniel Wilcox. Kasdan’s shutout bid was spoiled with just over 3 minutes to play. The final score ending up to be 3-1 with Kasdan having to make numerous big saves in the 3rd period to seal the win.
In the finals against Stevenson Andrew Rubin gave the Spartans a lead in the first period with goal from the left circle on a high wrist shot.
The goal stood up until the 3rd period when the Patriots answered with 3 straight goals. Trailing with less than 3 minutes to play Matt Dahlke jumped on a loose puck off a face off and was able to cut the lead to 3-2.
With time ticking away Daniel Wilcox let go a a low shot from the blueline which found its way through everyone and the game was suddenly tied.
The five minute overtime 4 on 4 produced no scoring which meant a 5 man shootout would decide the Championship.
GBN had the option of choosing to shoot first or second and the Spartans choose to shoot second.
With all eyes on Kasdan the young goalie not only stood up to the challenge but dominated his end of the shootout by not allowing any goals on the first 4 shooters.
Meanwhile Matt Dahlke would convert his opportunity so when Jaden Andrews the 4th shooter for GBN, picked up the puck at center ice for his turn, the game and the Championship was on his stick.
Fairy tales normally have happy endings and this ending did not disappoint as Andrews who is outstanding in shootout would make a nice deke and then slide the puck into an open Stevenson net for the winner and back to back Blackhawk Holiday Tournament Championship.
GBN ( 32W, 4 L, 3 OTL, 2T) met familiar foe Glenbrook South in the last game before the holiday break and defeated the Titans by the score of 3-1.
GBN struck first when Matt Dahlke cranked a 43 foot slapshot that beat GBS goalie Connor Wall just a 1:30 into the game.
South jumped right back into the game at just minutes later when Nick Botvinnik took a pass from Max Ibarra and scored a short handed goal to tie the game.
North responded on the next power play chance as Evan Izzenstark scored from the left point with help from a screen from Daniel Wilcox.
With less than a second to play Wilcox got off a shot from the left point that was tipped by Matt Sasaki ending the scoring for the night.
Matt Carr was again outstanding in goal for the Spartans stopping 22 of 23 shots.
The Spartans will next play in the Blackhawk Charity Cup at the MB Center starting on December 28th.
GBN (31W, 4L, 3OTL, 2T) was defeated Saturday night by York in overtime by the score of 3-2.
York struck in the 1st period when Troy Walker shot from 45 feet found the back of the GBN net.
The Spartans would tie the game when Alex Kim scored with 8 minutes left in the 2nd period off of a nice pass from Brayden Roy.
Yorks' Frank Nicosia would give the Dukes the lead back with a goal from the Spartans right point.
With the GBN goalie pulled for the extra attacker and 17 seconds to play, Andrew Rubin would come out of the left side of the ice and fire a wrist shot to the right upper corner to tie the game.
Overtime is a 3 on 3 for 5 minutes. Each team traded quality chances but with 1:11 remaining the Spartans turned the puck over in the neutral zone creating an odd mad situation, York's Quinn Haller would take a shot that GBN's Matt Carr would make the save on but Nathan Kriz followed up the play and tapped in the rebound to give the win to York.
Glenbrook North (31W, 4L, 2 OTL, 2 T) took on the Barrington Broncos Wednesday night in an SHL game and prevailed by the score of 4-2.
Barrington got off to a quick start by firing 8 shots on goal in the first 2 minutes and it carried that way for the duration of the period, but GBN goalie Matt Carr was able to keep the Broncos of the board.
GBN finally got going in the 2nd period. Matt Sasaki tipped in a shot from Everett Levin with 8 minutes to play in the stanza to give the Spartans the lead. Barrington would answer 3 minutes later as Jack Jones drove the net fired a shot that saved but the rebound went right to Matthew Marquis stick who put it home for the tie. With time running out in the period Casey Miller, Brayden Roy and Andrew Rubin hounded the Broncos for an extended period of zone time and when Roy found Miller in front the net Miller wasted no time and delivered a go ahead goal.
The same 3some would then team up for a similar goal minutes into the 3rd period only it was Rubin's turn to score. The two goal lead was short lived as a minute later Barrington's Jack Jones would strike to cut the lead back to 1.
With less than 5 minutes to play GBN defenseman, Kyle Burke would strike from the right point for the Spartans, his first of the year and first of his career capping the scoring at 4-2.
Glenbrook North (30W,4L, 2OTL, 2T) fell to New Trier Green in the finals of the Prep Invitational this past weekend.
The Prep Tournament the most grueling of all tournaments requires the team to make the finals to play 6 games in 3 days and it looked as though in the finals against Green the grind caught up with the Spartans.
GBN defeated HSE of Indiana 6-0, Junior Lighting of Tampa Bay 4-1 Tri State of Indiana 3-2, and Carmel of Indiana 4-2 to reach the Semi-Finals.
In the Semi's the Spartans faced SHL foe Saint Viator. Behind a two goal performance by Brayden Roy and a rock solid defense the Spartans defeated the Lions 5-0.
In the finals GBN could not match the speed of New Trier. The Trevians would score 2 in the 1st period 1 in the 2nd period and 2 in the 3rd for the convincing win and the Prep Title.
Glenbrook North (26W, 3L, 2 OTL, 2 T) opened up the Prep Invitational played in Mt. Prospect with a decisive 6-0 win over Indiana HSE.
Balance scoring ruled the day at the Spartans scored 2 goals in each period and 6 different players each had a goal. Evan Izzenstark had profitable day accumulating a 5 point morning 1G, 4A, in the game. GBN had 56 shots for the game.
Matt Carr was in goal for the Spartans and recorded the shutout.
Glenbrook North (25W, 3L, 2OTL, 2T) were able to push a determined Oak Park River Forest team out of the way with a 2-1 win on Wednesday night in an SHL game.
Offense was not the problem for the Spartans as they compiled 52 shots on goal but scoring goals was a problem as Huskies sophomore goalie Callum Dickel was up to the task for 50 of them.
GBN surrendered a goal in the 1st period when GBN goalie Sam Bilis was left alone to fend off a break away a rebound shot then another rebound shot before he was finally beaten by Husky Sam Weinberg.
Trailing 1-0 with less than 10 minutes to play Jaden Andrews took a pass from Matt Dahlke and fired a 35 wrist shot to the far left side that hit the post and went in for the 1st Spartan goal.
Casey Miller would beat Dickel for the winner on a tough angle high shot that found the top right corner to give the Spartans the 2-1 victory.
GBN will spend the weekend in Mt. Prospect at the Prep Invitational Tournament that will feature some highly ranked teams from out of state.
Glenbrook North (24W, 3L, 2OTL, 2T) played in the traditional Loyola Thanksgiving Classic tournament and went 2-1 but failed to make the semi-finals for the first time in 9 years.
The first game against Deerfield was decided in overtime. Matt Dahlke took a hard wrist shot from about 12 feet out that ended the contest midway thru the overtime period.
In the first game on Saturday morning GBN would face Barrington and again had some offensive struggles. With the game tied at 0 with just under 6 minutes to play, a Barrington shot from the right point slithered through for the only goal of the game and a Bronco victory.
In the late game on Saturday night the Spartans outlasted St. Ignatius by the score of 4-1.
New Trier Green would go on to win the coveted championship with a 4 to nothing blanking of Barrington.
Glenbrook North (22W, 2L, 2OTL, 2T) met sister school Glenbrook South in the traditional Thanksgiving Eve hockey game and defeated South in overtime by the score of 3-2.
The game was moved to Wilmette because of the renovations being done at the Glenview rink. The change of venue did not hold the crowd down the place was electric and filled to capacity.
South came out strong and with less than a minute to play in the 1st period got on the board when Theo Papalas poked a puck past GBN’s Sam Billis to give the Titans the lead after the 1st period.
North finally got moving in the 2nd period as Braden Roy and John Ovaynan kept pressure on the South defense. The pressure paid off as Ovaynan was tripped at the South blueline leading to the first and only South penalty of the night.
On the power play Evan Izenstark took a pass from Andrew Rubin at the South blueline and blew a shot past Titan goalie Jeff Keaton with less than 4 minutes to play in 2nd period to tie the game at 1.
The 3rd period was tight checking with each team getting some high level scoring changes. It was with 7 minutes to play when GBN’s Casey Miller would find Brayden Roy’s rebound and backhand it over a sprawling Keating
to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead.
With less than 4 minutes to play South’s Mark Ibarra would take a shot form the left point that would deflect off a Spartan stick and go past Billis to tie the game at 2.
In the 3 on 3 overtime Sam Billis came up with the save of the game as he made a point blank glove save on a 2-1 to keep the game tied.
With time running down and looking like a shootout would settle the affair. Sam Levin took the puck hard into the South zone, initially stopped, Levin with Roy continued to forecheck and a loose puck came out to the slot where Roy lifted the South defenseman stick and shot the puck under a surprised
Jeff Keating sending the GBN crowd into a frenzy with the goal.
It was an instant classic and the first time the game ever went into overtime.
Thank you to Julie Hafner @StudioSpin and our Varsity players for a great workout and raising over $500 for the Cancer Wellness Center of Northbrook
GBN Hockey family wishes Payton Bruns #83 a speedy recovery.
Congratulations to Matt Dahlke, Charlie Slovis and Evan Izenstark on making the Team Illinois Showcase and going undefeated at the tournament.
JV Team Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness before 9/18/19 Game
GBN came up a bit short in the semi-final game of the Wheaton Invitaional Tournament on Sunday to eventual champion New Trier Green.
The game was scoreless heading into the 3rd period when New Trier struck for 2 goals within minutes of each other.
With less than 7 minutes to play GBN forward Matt Dahlke let go with a 45 foot slap shot to score the Spartans first goal.
With the Spartan net empty and a faceoff to the right of the Green net. Charlie Slovis won a draw back to defenseman Jack Hardesty who immediatley let go a low wrist shot for the tying goal.
The game went into a 4 minute 4 on 4 overtime, each team had a number of chances but the game remained scoreless.
The game moved to a shootout and an extended one at that. New Trier would end up surviving he 9 man shootout by scoring twice and GBN once.
Green would go on to defeat Carmel Catholic of Mundelein in the championship game by the score of 9-0.
Despite 25 shots on goal in the 1st period GBN failed to find the back of the net in the 1st period against Notre Dame in the opening of the Wheaton Early Bird Tournament played in DuPage.
That all changed in the 2nd period when the Spartans would tally 5 goals led by a two goal night from Matt Dahlke. Dahlke's second goal of the game came short handed. Everett Levin broke the seal with a goal 6 minutes into the period and Daniel Kim netted the 3rd goal of the game and his 1st as a Varsity player. John Ovnanyan finished the scoring at the 5 minute mark of the 2nd period.
Matt Carr earned the shut out his first as a varsity player. For the game the Spartans recorded 65 shots.
Next up York and Glenbard on Saturday.
Two 3rd period goals lifted Glenbrook North to an opening win over Providence in the unofficial opening high school hockey game of the 2019-20 season.
Providence struck first 9 minutes into the contest on a goal by senior forward Tom Davis.
GBN's Andrew Rubin and Jack Wolf would score 3 minutes apart giving the Spartans a 2-1 lead in the 2nd period.
Providence would add two late 2nd period goals the go ahead goal on the power play to take 3-2 lead into the 3rd period.
With less than 9 minutes to play Sam Levin would rip a shot pass Providence goalie Vince Barracca to tie the game at 3.
Spartan Everette Levin would intercept a pass at the Celtics blue line and walk in and let go a 25 footer that again escaped Barracca giving the Spartans the win.
The Spartans will play this week in the Wheaton tournament at Center Ice.
The Board met Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the rink. The next Board meeting will be in November. Date, time and location TBD. All members are welcome.
Staying busy over summer with hockey! Jordan Fliegel, Sam Levin and Everett Levin placed second in the Macabbi Games this past week in Detroit. It’s a junior Olympics event for Jewish teens from all over the world.
Player of the Year-David Wilcox
1st Team Goalie-Brennan Nein
1st Team Defense-David Wilcox
2nd Team Defense-Tim Burke
For complete SHL awards go to scholastichockeyleague.org
The SHL All ACADEMIC TEAM is made up of student athletes that have an accumulative 3.5 or better GPA. Spartans that have made the grade are:
Matt Dahlke, Evan Izenstark, Casey Miller, Brennan Nein, Braden Roy, Charlie Slovis, Daniel Wilcox, Sam Levin
Matthew Sasaki, Anthony Arakelian, Matthew Carr, Jordan Fliegel, Steven Liss, Kyle Burke, Lev Vaynberg-Movchan
GLENBROOK NORTH SPARTANS SELECTED TO ALL STATE TEAM
All State game to be played 2/11 7pm at Bensenville
By Gary Larsen
Glenbrook North coach Evan Poulakidas always knew he had a tough competitor in defenseman Tim Burke, but after the Spartans lost their state semifinal game to eventual state champion Loyola Academy last year, Burke showed him something more.
“His face in the locker room told me everything you needed to know about him as a Spartan,” Poulakidas said. “He took it tremendously hard and I think it resonated with the entire team. When you see one of your leaders in that much pain, you realize how important the team succeeding meant to him.”
A player can play for himself or play for his team. Burke chooses the latter, and the loss to Loyola stung for an additional reason.
“It was hard to watch that happen to our seniors,” Burke said. “To think about all the work we put in and all the seniors I’ve played with for so long — that was devastating. “In the past I didn’t want to let the seniors down and now that I’m a senior, I don’t want to leave the younger players on a bad note.”
Now in his fourth season as a varsity player, Burke provides a physical presence, a big shot, and stalwart defensive play for the Spartans. That’s a far cry from three years ago, when he roamed the ice as a 5-foot-4 freshman. Burke hit the mother of all growth spurts later that year and now stands at 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds. That growth turned Burke from a small freshman who largely had to avoid getting hit, to a player able to provide a physical presence on the ice.
“I take that seriously,” Burke said. “Any time one of our players gets hits hard or there’s controversy in the game, I take it personally to step up and be physical when I need to be.”
Burke and fellow senior David Wilcox make up one of the best defensive duos you’ll find anywhere in Illinois. The two have played hockey together since first grade and while Wilcox is good friends with the Burke he knows off the ice, he appreciates a whole different person once the skates are laced up.
“He’s a great guy off the ice — almost the opposite of what he is on-ice,” Wilcox said. “On the ice he’s a little bit mean and he plays with an edge.”
Currently ranked third in Illinois in Ross Forman’s Top 20, Glenbrook North relies on a defense that features Wilcox and Burke in front of goalie Brennan Nein. All three played on Team Illinois in September, along with teammate Mike Day, in a North American Hockey League showcase tournament Sept. 20-23 in Minneapolis, MN. Team Illinois went 4-0 in the tournament and Burke had six points in four games in front of scouts from various junior hockey programs. Burke enjoyed putting up some offensive stats in Minneapolis, but that’s never been what he’s all about as a player.
“I pretty much grew up as a defenseman,” Burke said. “I’ve always been more comfortable there and always felt like I could impact the game most on defense.”
Defensemen obviously aren’t showered with the accolades that offensive players receive, but they still enjoy the less obvious moments that stand every bit as important.
“For me, I love when it’s a two-on-one and I can slide and block the pass, or make a play that stops them from scoring. A big hit is also really nice, and small things like having a clean breakout. David Wilcox and I work well in our own zone to get our team going when we’re struggling to get it out. It’s a big help to the team and it’s important. Those small things help our team a lot.”
Poulakidas puts it simply: “Tim is important to every aspect of our team game,” he said.
Burke and Wilcox make up one of the best defensive duos in the high school game and Burke appreciates Wilcox’s smarts, ability to move the puck, and leadership.
Wilcox currently has 19 goals and 22 assists for GBN and is second on the team in points. He credits Burke for his role in those numbers.
“I can make plays knowing he’s going to be there without even looking, which gives me a huge advantage,” Wilcox said. “He’s a high-end defenseman. We’ve been playing together for so long and at this point we don’t even have to talk out there. We know exactly where each other is going to be on the ice.”
With roughly five weeks remaining in the final season of his high school career, Burke is looking forward next year to either a stint in junior hockey or a freshman year at either the University of Iowa or the University of Kentucky. But for now, he’ll bleed dark green and gold for a Spartans program he’ll miss once his high school career comes to a close.
“I’ll miss going to practice every day. Everyone on the team is like my second family,” Burke said. “I love the sport of hockey. It’s a stress-reliever, a nice place to go whenever you feel frustrated, and I just love the culture of GBN hockey. “I love everything about it from the coaches to the players that play here.”
By Ross Forman
The No. 3-ranked Spartans shined in one of the most high-profile games of the season – the championship game of the 25th annual High School Holiday Hockey Classic, presented by the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation. GBN defeated No. 1-ranked New Trier Green on Dec. 29 to capture the title in the prestigious 16-team, 4-day tournament held The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.
GBN enters 2019 on a 7-game winning streak, its last loss coming Dec. 15, at home against …. Green.
The Trevians have seemingly had the Spartans number all season.
The two teams first met in a preseason tournament on Sept. 9, and the Trevians coasted to a 5-0 win. In other games between the two teams, the Trevians have won 4-3 and 3-2 in overtime.
“Anytime you can defeat New Trier, you’ve done something special; they’re that good,” said GBN head coach Evan Poulakidas, who has now led Spartan teams to four championship game victories in the annual post-Christmas tournament. “It was just a great hockey game, a cleanly physical game – everything you’d think a championship game would be. We were fortunate to be on the winning side.
“We changed up a few things heading into the game, and that seemed to work. We managed the puck much better on the boards and made very few mistakes in our (defensive) end.”
The Spartans struck first, but the Trevians answered. It was 2-1 and GBN iced the victory with an empty-net tally.
“You have to play three full periods against New Trier; you cannot let up at all – and we were able to do that,” Poulakidas said.
Andrew Rubin and Michael Rabkin were among the Spartan scorers.
GBN skated past Maine Township 3-1 in the semifinals, while the Trevians topped Benet academy 9-2 en route to the finals.
“After the semis, the kids really wanted to play New Trier again. They were eager (to face the Trevians) and believe we can match up well against them,” Poulakidas said. “Getting the first goal really gave the team confidence. When we were ahead 2-1, the team was pretty calm; the kids knew what they had to do. And they stuck to the game plan throughout.”
Or will Loyola Gold be skating at the United Center, looking to repeat?
And there are many others looking to skate for state at the UC, including Stevenson, Glenbrook South, Saint Viator and St. Ignatius, among others.
“We hope we’re there,” Poulakidas said. “New Trier is a really tough, deep team that just never lets up. You have to win against New Trier; they won’t lose the game.
“That’s why I’m really thrilled for the kids – for winning the High School Classic which, along with the Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament are, in my opinion, the two biggest tournaments of the season.”
David Wilcox and Tim Burke shined for the Spartans in the tournament, as each has all season. Brennan Nein was solid in goal and Charlie Slovis did so many of the little things, such as winning face-offs that often don’t show on a stats sheet.
The stage is now set for the GBN-Green rematch on Saturday, Jan. 19 in Northbrook, starting at 4:30 p.m.
By Ross Forman
Statistics don’t tell the whole story of Glenbrook North senior defenseman David Wilcox, who has 10 goals, 15 assists in his first 26 games this season as the Spartans carried a 21-4-1 record into their Rivalry Night against Glenbrook South on Nov. 21.
“To begin with, David Wilcox is a magnificent skater,” said GBN head coach Evan Poulakidas, in his 19th season coaching locally, his eighth in charge of the Spartans. “He has blazing speed and unique agility. He protects the puck as well as any player I have coached. He is a type of player that does not come along very often, a tremendous defender and threat offensively to score at all times.”
Wilcox is, without question, one of the main reasons Glenbrook North is a top contender to be skating next March at the United Center. Throw in such talented teammates as Matt Dahlke (20 goals, 8 assists), Casey Miller (11,12), Mikey Day (10, 11) and Brayden Roy (8,13), and this could be a Scholastic League championship team, too.
Wilcox is, admittedly, “excited” for the next few months, which includes a Dec. 15 rematch against the Trevians in Northbrook. The Spartans have a solid core of returning skaters, with as much team speed as any.
Defense and goaltending is rock solid too, as the Spartans are anchored on goalie Brennan Nein (14-3 record, 1.42 goals-against average).
The Spartans have “shown a tremendous amount of improvement so far,” this season, Wilcox said.
The Spartans blanked New Trier Blue 5-0 on Oct. 17, then defeated that same Blue team 4-0 on Nov. 15. In between the Blue games, GBN went 8-1 with four shutouts.
Wilcox wants to skate at the United Center, period.
“I think about it almost every day; it would be a dream-come-true to get to play there this year,” he said. “We came one goal away from getting there last year and that still haunts me to this day and I won’t be satisfied until we get there.”
Willy, as he is known to his teammates, is in his third varsity season. He is a right-handed shooting senior who stands 6-feet tall and weighs 160-pounds.
Wilcox, who lives in Northbrook, is still undecided on his college plans for next fall, as he also is considering junior options.
Wilcox has a “very high hockey IQ, to go along with his natural leadership qualities,” Poulakidas said. “In simplest terms, I am glad he is a Spartan.”
Wilcox learned to skate at age 3 – with the help of plastic golf balls and clubs. “Every lesson, I would grab them and head right next to the boards and use them as a hockey stick and puck,” he said. “I started out playing little 3v3 games (in) Glenview and we would rotate playing goalie each shift. (I) don’t know if that counts as a real game, otherwise (my first-ever game was as) a mite house league (player).”
Wilcox has long shined in the Spartans’ green and gold, and when representing Illinois in the 2018 America’s Showcase, held last April in the St. Louis area. Wilcox was among 20 selected for the Showcase from 120 of the best high school players in Illinois who were invited to tryout. In addition, Wilcox was picked to the Illinois Fall Showcase team, which played Sept. 20-23 in Blaine, Minnesota.
“It’s been a great experience (skating for GBN) as this program takes hockey to a new level with passion and commitment,” Wilcox said. “I’ve had a ton of fun playing with my best friends throughout the years and being able to represent my school.”
His hockey highlights include playing in the annual GBN/GBS Rivalry Night Game, played the day before Thanksgiving in Glenview, and being named All-State, among other accolades.
“I try to motivate my teammates to work hard and keep each other accountable,” he said. “I’m a bit of an offensive defensemen as I tend to rush the puck up the ice and give our team as many scoring chances as I can.”
Favorite NHL Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Favorite NHL Player: Sidney Crosby
Favorite Sport (other than hockey): Lacrosse
Favorite Pro Athlete: LeBron James
Favorite app: Hulu
Favorite TV Show: How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Sports Movie: Miracle On Ice
Hardest Slapshot on GBN (excluding yourself): Evan Izenstark
Most Accurate Shot on GBN (excluding yourself): Michael Day
Fastest Skater on GBN (excluding yourself): Tim Burke
Teammate Who, Someday, Would Make A Great Coach: Jonathan Ovnanyan
Best High School Jersey (other than GBN): New Trier Green’s alternate jerseys
Worst High School Jersey: Glenbrook South
Jersey Number: 8 – “I’ve been wearing No. 8 for almost my entire life in all sports, (including) baseball, basketball, hockey and lacrosse. I was born in August, which is the eighth month of the year, which is why I first selected it when I was about 7 years-old, and I’ve loved it ever since.”
Hockey Influences: “My parents and coaches throughout all my years.”
Most Memorable Game: “Winning the Northern Illinois Hockey League championship as a second-year bantam. It was my last opportunity to win it for the first time as a Northbrook Bluehawk (player).”
Most Memorable Goal: “Scoring the game-winning goal in game 3 of the SHL playoffs last year against Glenbrook South.”
The Spartans went 4-1 over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
In the traditional rivalry game played on Thanksgiving eve the Spartans defeated their sister school Glenbrook South by the score of 5-2. The game was played before a sold-out crowd at Glenview ice Arena.
The Spartans got two goals in the 1st period by Casey Miller and Mike Day. Matt Dahlke would add short-handed goal in the 2nd period. South cut the lead to 3-1 with just over 2 minutes to play in the period. The key goal of the night was scored by Charlie Slovis as he answered the South goal just minutes later.
Tim Burke would add the 5th and final goal midway thru the 3rd period.
Although the Spartans won going away it was the goaltending of Brennan Nein that kept GBN tied in the 1st period. South had a number of great chances to take the lead but Nein withstood the push and allowed the Spartans to get their legs going.
GBN entered Loyola Thanksgiving tournament as the defending Champion.
In the first game against Highland Park the Spartans struck early scoring 6 goals in the 1st period, 2 in the first 27 seconds on their way to an 8-0 victory.
Game 2 against Barrington was a different story. Leading 2-0 in the 3rd period the Broncos put on a late charge scoring a goal with 5:11 to play making the score 2-1. Matt Dahlke seemed to put the game away with an open net goal at the 1:21 mark but Barrington scored just 13 seconds later to cut the lead to 3-2. The Spartans would eventually close out the game 3-2.
Game 3 found the Spartans up against St. Ignatius. Ignatius had stung the Spartans earlier in the year by defeating GBN by the score of 1-0.
GBN had a great start to the game as Miller, Dahlke and Slovis each tallied 1st period goals. Ignatius was able to score 1 late in the period.
St. Ignatius would make it real interesting as with 6:53 to play in the game they would score a power play goal to make it a one goal game.
David Wilcox would score a key power play goal less than a minute later and John Ovnanyan and Mike Day would each add another one making the final 6-2.
GBN would face their SHL rival New Trier Green in the semi-finals.
Green got on the board late in the 1st period to go up 1-0.
Then with just over 3 minutes to play Green would strike again to go up by 2.
A minute after Greens second goal, GBN’s David Wilcox received a pass from Everette Levin who was positioned behind the New Trier net. Wilcox one timer just above the right circle would deliver the Spartans 1st goal.
With 31 seconds to play and New Trier short-handed, GBN pulled its goalie Brennan Nein to add the extra attacker. Charlie Slovis won the draw back to Matt Dahlke and Dahlke’s wrist shot found the back of New Triers net and just like that the teams were headed to overtime.
With just over 40 seconds to play in the 1st OT, GBN had a great chance to win the game when a rebound came out to an attacking GBN player who had an open net but the puck jumped over the stick and play continued.
Green would win the game just seconds later as a strange bounce off the end boards found a Green player standing at the left face off circle and the shot would go over the blocker of Brennan Nein ending the hopes of another O'Grady Cup for the Spartans.
New Trier would go on to beat Loyola in the championship game by the score of 3-1.
GBN met York Saturday in an SHL contest. The Spartans would come from behind twice to prevail 4-3.
York jumped out to a 2-goal lead. York’s Quinn Haller took a face off in the Spartans zone, he pushed the puck forward and let go a shot that was originally stopped by Brennan Nein but his follow up ended up in the net.
York would strike again on a shorthanded goal with just under 11 minutes to play in the 2nd period.
The Spartans would answer back before the period was over.
David Wilcox would score a power play goal at the 4-minute mark then Evan Izenstark would tie the game with seconds to play in the period as he rushed the puck and went down the left side of the ice and let go a shot that found its way under York’s Tom Wesolowski.
York came out in the 3rd period and scored on their first shift of the period to go up 3-2.
Less than a minute later Andrew Rubin responded for the Spartans to tie the game.
The winner came with just over 6 minutes to play as John Ovnanyan would rip a shot that hit under the cross bar and in.
Sunday’s game was the Matt Dahlke show as Dahlke would net 4 of the 6 goals scored by the Spartans as they defeated St. Rita by a 6-0 score.
Dahlke would score 2 power play goal and then add 2 short-handed goals for a day that he will always remember.
Tim Burke and Daniel Wilcox would each add one.
Sam Billis in goal for the Spartans recorded the shutout.
The win against Rita was the 20th of the season for Spartans. GBN is now 20-4-1, 5-1 in the SHL.
On a night when the Spartans were not that special their special teams and goaltending were.
GBN Defenseman Evan Izenstark provided just enough offense, and Goalie Brennan Nein provided the defense in a 3-1 win against Barrington Wednesday night in Crystal Lake.
The Spartans took a 1-0 lead with just under 6 minutes to play in the 1st period on a shorthanded goal by Charlie Slovis. Barrington still on the same power play would tie the game when a rebound came out to Shane McCloskey who poked it past Nein.
The play of the game was made by Izenstark. With less than 15 seconds to go in the period.
Izenstark took the puck deep in the Spartans zone and went end to end. He cut to his right after entering the Broncos zone and let go a hard shot from 30 feet that found its mark with 9 seconds to play in the period.
GBN would add a powerplay goal in the 3rd period when Izenstark blasted home a shot from he left point giving the Spartans their 3rd goal.
GBN was uncustomarily sloppy in its own zone and elsewhere leading to numerous odd man breaks for the Broncos. Spartan netminder Brennan Nein made several key stops, none bigger when he stopped a break away while the Spartans had a 2-man advantage.
The North American Hockey League has invited a high school team from Illinois to participate in an upcoming showcase starting Sept. 20th thru the 23rd in Minneapolis, MN.
20 top players from Illinois were selected.
4 Glenbrook North players have made that team. They are Goalie Brennan Nein, Defenseman David Wilcox and Tim Burke and Forward Mike Day.
Congratulations to these players and best of luck at the showcase.
A STEP aHEAD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
AHAI is excited to announce the 8th Year of the A Step aHead Program in conjunction with the Chicago Blackhawks, Athletico Physical Therapy and NorthShore University HeathSystem.
Congratulations to the JV team for their sweep of Loyola in the SHL Championship!
2017 SHL JV Champions
On December 17th the Varsity team volunteered at the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Union Ridge Cemetery in Chicago. Wreaths are placed by volunteers at the gravesites of Military Veterans at 1100 cemeteries across the United States on Wreaths Across America Day. For more information about this event and organization view their website at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org
The Chicago Blackhawks, AHAI, Athletico Physical Therapy and NorthShore University Health System are proud to announce the 6th year of our "A Step aHead" program!
The goal of our program is to educate the youth hockey community on concussion awareness, prevention and treatment as well as to provide FREE baseline neurocognitive testing to AHAI members.
A Step aHead testing is available for AHAI members from PeeWee to Midget/High School (ages 11-18).
Additional information is available on the AHAI, AHAIeNews and Athletico Physical Therapy websites.
Registration is NOW OPEN; testing is available through November 30, 2016.
This year's program will also offer new educational opportunities for both Moms and Dads, Coaches and Players. Stay tuned for additional information.
All NBHL players are required to take a baseline test; complimentary through the A Step aHead program. Click on the logo to launch the registration site.
GBN JV wins the 2016 Scholastic Cup; defeats New Trier 4-1 to win the series final in two games.
New Trier scored first, but GBN responded with 4 unanswered goals to defeat New Trier and win the 2016 SHL Scholastic Cup in regulation. Congratulations GBN JV!
Congratulations Jacob Rose on being selected
as a Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Award Winner!!
This is one of the highest honors that a Illinois High School hockey player can receive.
Brian Baruck, Jack Elowe, Dustin Epstein, Kyle Fisher, Jesse Lowell, Jacob Rose, Matthew Rosen, Andrew Slovis, Jason Spector
Nicholas Charalab, Jacob Crane, Ethan Gould, Wells Hardesty, Justin Ho, Evan Larson, Jake Silverman
Zach Knudson, Joey Day & Nick Mikhaylov
GOALIE: MATT GRINDE GBS
FORWARDS: Michael Graham NTG, Nick Mikhaylov GBN, Dan O'Grady LAG
DEFENSE: Parker Ray LAG, Dillon Munson NTG
GOALIES: Will Douthit NTG, Marcus Kunzmann Barr.
FORWARDS: Joe Day GBN, Ryan Hill LAG, Michael Gonzalez LAG, Charlie Burton NTG, Ty Habedank RFD.
DEFENSE: Gary Barbera Barr, Zach Knudson GBN, Daniel Levey STV.
Senior Night 2016 Sunday January 10, 7:20 pm Northbrook B Rink
GBN JV defeated New Trier 5-4 to win the 2015 Chicago Scholastic Showcase by scoring three goals in the third period. The Spartans entered the semi-finals with a 2-0-1 record by tying Brother Rice and defeating Fenwick and Benet. Taking on Fenwick in the semis, GBN defeated Fenwick 3-1 to take on New Trier. Congratulations to the GBN JV Spartans!
State Championship Ring Ceremony
GBN Varsity Players Receiving a Proclamation from the Northbrook Village Board and President Frum
Congratulations To GBN Varsity the 2015 State Hockey Champions!!!! They Defeated Benet in Overtime 3-2
Kyle Slovis: Awarded 2015 JJ O'Connor Boys High School Player of the Year
Chris Zhang: Selected as Member of the 2015 Blackhawk Alumni All Star Team
Behind a stingy defense and opportunistic offense, the Spartans were able to move onto the SHL Finals with a 2 games 0 sweep of Rockford. In the first game played on Friday (2/18), GBN took advantage of a two man advantage in the first period and scored two goals, both by defenseman Chad Yale, to take a quick 2-0 lead.
Logan Nein would put the Spartans up 3 when he scored midway through the third period on a rebound shot. Rockford broke Garrett Cohen's shutout bid with just a minute to play, to make the final 3-1 in game 1.
In game two at Rockford, the line of Kyle Fisher, Tyler Mulier and Eric Doar, got GBN on the board first when Doar captured a rebound and put it under Rockford goalie Brandon Roderick.
On a 4 on 4 situation, Rockford would tie the score in the second period when the Spartans turned the puck over deep in their own zone, a scramble occurred and the Iceman would jump on a loose puck and tie the game.
Alex Merritt answered right back just a minute later to put the Spartans up 2-1 on a tap in goal. This goal seemed to stem any momentum that Rockford had gained after their first goal.
GBN would extend their lead in the 3rd period when Mulier attacked the Rockford net on a 2 on 1 and choose to shoot the puck, his first shot was saved but he stayed with the play and scored on the rebound.
The Spartans would add two more late goals to make the final 5-1.
It is the third straight year that GBN will play in the SHL finals and a chance to defend their existing title.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Steve Martins Barrington Evan Poulakidas GBN
Senior Night: January 10th, 2015
Congratulations to Varsity Spartans Nick Day, Nate Harris and Chad Yale for being selected for the 2014 All-State Team. Come watch them play February 3rd, at the AHAI hockey center in Bensenville at 8:35 p.m.
Also, congratulations to Nick Day and Chad Yale for being selected for All-League as well.
Congratulations to Our Graduating Seniors! (Photo courtesy of the Northbrook Tower)
Former Spartan and current Pittsburgh Penguin Jayson Megna.
Former Spartan and state champion Jayson Megna, scored his first goal and got an assist in his second NHL game for the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 28, 2013.
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