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GBN vs. New Trier Green – March 24th – State Championship


GBN lost to New Trier Green 5-3 in the State Championship final. It was a great season for the varsity team with a record of 54-16-3 with three major tournament wins and one league championship:

  • The Prairie Ridge Invitational
  • The Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament
  • The Blackhawk Cup Holiday Tournament
  • The Inaugural Scholastic Hockey League Championship

Thanks to the players and to all the fans for supporting the team!

GBN vs. LAG 3/17/13 - State Championship Semi Final Game

With a trip to the United Center and the opportunity to play for the Blackhawk Cup, the Spartans faced off against league rival Loyola Gold Sunday in Bensenville in the first game of the Final Four.

The second game featured New Trier Green v Sandburg with New Trier Green coming out on top by the score of 3-2.

The Spartans struck first as John McNally took a pass from Nick Day and made no mistake beating Gold's Jordy Reizen. Just 13 seconds later Rambler Nick Schaefer would take a wrist shot from the point that found its way past Mathew Memolo to tie the game.

Schaefer would strike again on a similar play as Gold on a power play would win a face off and again get it back to Schaefer who would deliver another wrist shot that would again find it's mark, giving Loyola their only led the day 2-1.

With less than 2 minutes elapsed in the 2nd period, Jonathan Gauger would tie the game as he artfully redirected a pass from Ryan Maksimovic from just outside the crease. While on the power play, John McNally would set up the 3rd goal. McNally hunted down the puck behind the Ramblers net won a number of board battles and fed Maksimovic in front to give the Spartans a 3-2 lead.

With under 4 minutes to play in the 2nd, Nick Day took a face off to the right of the Ramblers net, pushed the puck forward and delivered a high wrist shot that hit just underneath the crossbar for a 4-2 lead.

With just 13 seconds left Day would out race the Ramblers defense get to a loose puck and score the 4th goal of the period for the Spartans and giving them a big lead of 5-2 going into the final period.

Gold did get some life as with 9:51 remaining Zach Scholl would find a loose puck in the Spartan crease and would cut the lead to 5-3. Jonathan Gauger would end any hope of a Loyola comeback as with 2:41 he would take a pass Zach Meier and score from the left side of the net making the final GBN 6 Loyola 3.

Next stop, the UC with a date against the New Trier Green Trevians.

GBN vs. Benet 3/15/13 - State Championship Elite 8 Game Video and Recap

Slovis scores first goal of game and Maksimovic scores winner in GBN 4-3 win

Quarter final action in the Blackhawk Cup found the Spartans facing Benet Academy in a rematch of a Blackhawk Cup game from last year. A game that the Spartans lost in overtime.

This year is took only 46 seconds for Ryan Slovis to pump home the first goal of the game with and assist from Nick Day and Seth Gideon.

4 minutes later Chris Zhang found the back of the net when his 20 foot wrist shot also found it's mark. Ryan Maksimovic would add to the quick start with a breakaway goal two minutes later.

Benet would get some life off a goal from Joseph Condon as his shot from the right point was initially saved by Nate Berger but deflected off one of the GBN defenseman and into the net.

Just minutes later Benet's Evan Langer was able to gain the high slot area and rifled a shot past Berger making the score 3-2. Benet would tie the game in the second period while on a power play. Langer would notch his second of the game as he worked out of the right corner, cut across the crease area and found a wide open net.

With pressure mounting Ryan Maksimovic took a faceoff on the left side circle, Maksimovic was able to push the puck forward and shoot it high over the shoulder of Benet's goalie Jacob Barnhart. The goal occurred at with 6:41 to play.

From that point forward GBN played a defensive style that limited most of the Benet chances to outside shots or long shots.

The win puts the Spartans into the Blackhawk Cup Final 4 where they will play League rival Loyola Gold. Game time is 4:20 Sunday at the Edge in Bensenville.

GBN SHL Championship Series Highlights

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GBN vs. Stevenson - 3/10/13 - GBN SHL Championship Game Recap


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Game 3 of the Championship series took place Sunday night in Northbrook. 

With a winner take all scenario after the Patriots had defeated the Spartans 7-4 the night before. And what a classic it was, Seth Gideon put the Spartans in the lead as he took a pass from Jonathon Gauger and fired from the blueline that beat Corey Benjoya with 5 minutes left in the 1st period. The goal was a power-play goal.

Not to be outdone, the Patriots countered with a power-play goal of their own just minutes later. Jared Projansky came out from under the goal line and tried jamming the puck past GBN's goalie Nate Berger, Berger was able to make the first save but Projansky found the rebound and tied the game. End to end action would follow as both teams had some quality chances in the 2nd period only to be turned away by some excellent goaltending.

With under a minute to play in the 2nd period it was Projansky again that would make some nice individual moves and would finally find himself clear of everyone and beat Berger for his second goal of the game and his 5th in two nights.

Trailing 2-1 Zach Meier would send a dart over the right shoulder of Benjoya to tie the game at 2 with 12:29 to play in regulation. Both teams would again trade some scoring chances and as it looked like over time was about to come true but Nick Day let lose a 20 foot wrist shot from the right circle that deflected off of Berjaya's blocker and into the net with just 2;15 to play.

Day was not done, as with 1:14, he would streak down the right side of the ice and with Benjoya pulled for the extra attacker find the back of the open net and the celebration was on for the big crowd that had gathered.

The final would read GBN 4 Stevenson 2.

GBN vs Hinsdale Central Video Highlights

GBN vs. Stevenson 3/7/13 - 1st Game SHL Championship

GBN one win away from the SHL Championship

The SHL Championship round opened up Thursday as the Spartans hosted Stevenson. It is a best of 3 series.

Tentative play by both teams was the tempo of the first 10 minutes. GBN's Ryan Maksimovic opened the scoring with about 5 minutes left in the 1st period as he took a pass from Jonathan Gauger and went in all alone on Stevenson's Corey Bonjoya. Maksimovic made a couple of spectacular deeks and put the puck behind the Stevenson's net minder.

The goal seemed to loosen the Spartans up as in the 2nd period the ice was turned consistently in GBN's favor. Spartan Alex Merritt would score with 5:25 to play in the 2nd period as he went hard to the net and deflected a Zach Meier pass for the second goal.

Just minutes later Maksimovic would get his second as he picked up a rebound off the shot from Nick Day to give the Spartans a 3-0 heading into the 3rd period. Nick Day would take a pass from Mitchell Kasselman and blast home a shot from about 25 feet to close out the scoring midway through the last period.

Nate Berger earned the shut out stopping all 23 shots he faced.

Game 2 is Saturday night in Buffalo Grove at 5:50. A win would give the Spartans the SHL crown.

GBN vs Hinsdale Central 3/4/13 - State Playoffs

Zach Meier scores first goal of game in GBN 3-2 win

The Blackhawk Cup State single elimination playoffs started for the Spartans on Monday with a match-up of Hinsdale Central. The Spartans would escape with a 3-2 victory to move onto the Elite 8.

GBN has some quality chances early as Nick Day, Jonathon Gauger were both stopped from in close in the 1st period. The Spartans carried most of the play in 1st period and were finally rewarded when Zach Meier took the puck from midway in the Central zone beat a defenseman to the left and lifted a back hand shot high into the net for the first goal. Late in the period while on the power play, Nick Day carried the puck on the right side of the Central's zone and left it for Ryan Maksimovic who cut immediately to the middle of the ice and let go a blazing wrist shot that too caught the upper part of the Central's net.

Seemingly in control, the Spartans again were on a power play but a Spartan pass at the Central blue line was picked off by Hinsdale's' Jack Rooney who went in all alone on GBN's goalie Nate Berger and buried his shot to cut the lead in half, 2-1. With less than 4 minutes to go in the 2nd period Seamus O'Kane of Central fought off a number of checks and forced his way to the Spartans net where he would beat Berger to the right side of the net closing the period with the teams tied at 2.

Early in the 3rd period Central took two penalties allowing the Spartans a 5-3 man advantage. Nick Day retrieved the puck on the left side of the net and feathered a pass to Maksimovic on the right side who made no mistake and gave the lead back to the Spartans 3-2. Nate Berger would come up big on 3 different scoring chances in the 3rd period to finish off Hinsdale. Shots for the game were GBN 35 and Central 24.

Next State game is March 14 at the Edge in Bensenville 6:40 . Next SHL playoff game Saturday night 5:50  pm in Buffalo Grove

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GBN vs LAG - 2/28/13 - GBN wins Semi Final SHL Series

Maksimovic scores 3 and Berger keeps LAG scoreless in 2nd and 3rd periods in GBN win

Game 3 of the best of 3 semi-final SHL series between Glenbrook North and Loyola Gold took place Thursday night in Northbrook, with the winner heading on to play in the SHL finals against Stevenson.

If you missed the first 3 minutes you missed a lot. Before most of the seats were warm, GBN forward Ryan Maksimovic scored on the very first shift of the game as he took a pass from Nick Day and beat Rambler goalie Jordy Reizen from in close.

The lead was short lived, 19 seconds to be exact. Cal Calalahan of the Ramblers gained control of the puck in the neutral zone and took a long shot that escaped GBN goalie Matt Memolo and the game was tied. The Ramblers would strike again 2 minutes later while on a powerplay. Paul Tzanetopoulos would receive a pass at the right point and let go a shot that would find the right side of the GBN net, Ramblers up 2-1.

There would be no further scoring in the period. A key turning point of the game came midway through the 2nd period, the Ramblers had a golden opportunity to go up by two goals when they had a clear break away only to have GBN goalie Nate Berger stop the opportunity.

The game seemingly turned on that play as GBN kept the offensive pressure on. Loyola's Michael Donato took down a Spartan in front of the net which gave GBN a powerplay with less than a minute left in the period. A hard fore-check by Spartan Johnny McNally forced a turnover deep in the Ramblers zone where Nick Day picked the puck up an delivered a perfect pass to Maksimovic who made no mistake on the back door and blasted home the tying goal at the end of the period.

With tensions mounting and every play becoming bigger, none was bigger than Maksimovic's 3rd goal. With 3 minutes gone in the period Day found Maksimovic to the right side of the Rambler net, Maksimovic let go a low shot the hit Reizen's skate and just cleared the goaline giving the Spartans the lead that they would never give up.

The Spartan defense stiffened, giving very few chances the rest of the way. With the Ramblers goalie pulled for the extra attacker, Parker Roth would end the series with an open net goal with 30 seconds remaining making the final 4-2.

GBN will go on and face Stevenson for the SHL championship slated to start Mach 7th at home in Northbrook then March 9th at Stevenson. Game 3 if needed would be back at Northbrook on March 10th times to be announced.

GBN vs LAG 2/19/13 Semi Final SHL - Game #1

Roth scores game winning goal and Maksimovic scores 2 in GBN 3-1 win

Glenbrook North opened the semi-finals of the Scholastic League playoffs at home against the Loyola Gold Ramblers Tuesday night in Northbrook with a dramatic 3-1 win.

The Spartans had a strong 1st period that featured numerous offensive chances only to be denied by Loyola goalie Jordy Reizen. The period was tight checking and physical, players had very little room or time to make plays.

The 2nd period was a little more wide open with a total of 19 shots 10 by GBN, but it was Loyola that would score the only goal. With a face off to the left of Spartan goalie Mathew Memolo, the puck went to the side boards where Golds' Zach Scholl put out it to the right point and Paul Tzanetpoulos let go with a shot that Joe Schaeffer tipped in for the 1st goal of the game.

The Spartans had 4 power plays in the period that produced no goals and very little offense. With 9:21 to play in the game GBN forward Nick Day drove the right side of the Ramblers net and found Ryan Maksimovic coming down the slot, Maksimovic let go a shot from 25 feet out that beat Reizen to tie the game.

On the following faceoff the Spartans got it deep in the Rambler zone, GBN forward Parker Roth got to a loose puck around the net and spun around and let go a backhand shot that again beat Reizen and the Spartans had their first lead 2-1. The goal came just 13 seconds after the first tally.

Matt Memolo was called on to make a number of tough saves late in the game and Ryan Maksimovic iced the game with :55 left when his 40 foot shot found the upper left corner of the net giving the Spartans the 3-1 win.

Next game is schedule for next Wednesday nigth at the Robert Brown Ice Arena in Evanston.  Game time 8:15pm

GBN vs. GBS 2/14/13 - First Round SHL Playoffs

Meritt scores the 1st goal in GBN 7-1 win

With a chance to eliminate Glenbrook South with a win Thursday, the Spartans took very little time closing the door on the Titans playoff hopes as GBN scored 3 goals in less the first 4 minutes on their way to a 7-1 win and a series sweep 2-0.

Allex Meritt tallied the 1st goal with assists from Chad Yale and Seth Gideon, just 8 seconds later Chris Zang beat South's' goalie Reid Mc Mahon to push the lead to 2. Parker Roth joined the scoring binge 2 minutes later with another assist from Yale.

To finish off the 1st period the Spartans scored another 2 goals, Mitchell Kasselman and Ryan Slovis each getting a goal apiece. Both North and South would score goals in the 2nd period and Ryan Maksimovic closed the scoring in the 3rd period.

The win puts GBN in the semi-finals against Loyola Gold or Stevenson v Prairie Ridge. Expected 1st game of the semi-finals should be this coming Tuesday.

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GBN vs Prairie Ridge 2/5/13

Meier scores winning goal in GBN win

The final game of the SHL regular season was played Tuesday night with a matchup between GBN and Prairie Ridge.

The Spartans would come out on top by the score of 4-2. GBN scored the only goal of the 1st period as a 3 way passing play gave Jonathan Gauger an opportunity from in close to score. The assists went to Ryan Maksimovic and Daniel Goldblatt.

The 2nd period was scoreless but early in the 3rd period the Spartans scored two quick goals and pushed their lead to 3-0. Ryan Maksimovic ane Zach Meier each netted a goal.

Prairie Ridge would come back as they scored midway through the final period and then again with just over 3 minutes left in the game.

What seemed to be a fairly comfortable lead had vanished. With an extra attacker the Wolves pressured but were turned away, Alex Merritt finished the Wolves with an open net goal with less than a minute remaining.

The Spartans closed out the first SHL season by finishing second to New Trier. Playoffs begin Sunday in Northbrook against Glenbrook South.

GBN vs. Sandburg 1/29/13

A game of missed opportunities against Sandburg cost the Spartans as they went down to defeat 2-1 in a non-SHL game Tuesday night.

Ryan Maksimovic got the Spartans off to an early start by scoring a breakaway goal just minutes into the game. That goal would be the lone score for the night.

That is not to say the Spartans were shut down offensively. Numerous chances existed but GBN failed to convert. With the score tied at 1 with 2 minutes left, the Spartans failed to cover the right side of their net and a shot was tipped in giving Sandburg a 2-1 win.

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GBN vs GBS Thanksgiving Game Highlights

HIghlights from the first game meeting between GBN vs. GBS.

2012 GBN Hockey Alumni Games

Video highlights from the GBN Hockey Alumni games on December 22, 2012.

GBN vs Stevenson 1/26/13

A four point night by Nick Day 2{G) 2 (A) propelled the Spartans to a 6-2 win Saturday night in the home finale of the SHL regular season.

The 1st period was owned by the Patriots as they peppered GBN goalie Nate Berger with 16 shots and lit the lamp twice while the Spartans scored once on a Seth Gideon goal.

It was the 2nd period that saw the Spartans get busy as they would return the favor to the Patriots firing 18 shots and scoring 3 times to take a 4-2 lead into the 3rd period.

Goals were scored by Jonathan Gauger, Ryan Maksimovic and Chris Zhang. Day would score his two goals in the 3rd period with assists both times from Ryan Maksimovic.

GBN vs. Barrington 1/24/13

Matt Memolo gets the shutout in 4-0 win

Two goals from Jonathan Gauger led the way for the Spartans as they defeated Barrington by the score of 4-0.

The first period was scoreless although the Spartans attacked frequently. Gauger would break the tie less than a minute into the 2nd period. Nick Day would follow Gauger 26 seconds later to increase the lead to two.

John McNally and Gauger would each chip in a goal apiece to complete the scoring in the 3rd period. Matt Memolo would earn the shut out.

For the game the Spartans would outshoot the Broncos 49-17.

GBN vs. LAG 1/17/13

Loyola Gold came into Northbrook and pretty much had their way with the Spartans as they would defeat GBN by the score of 5-2.

Gold dominated play much of the night and in the 1st period came away with the first 3 goals, 2 were off of face-offs and the 3rd was a long shot from the right point that eluded goalie Nate Berger.

Ryan Maksimovic made the score 3-1 when he took a pass from Jonathon Gauger for the only tally in 1st period for Glenbrook. The Ramblers got that goal back midway through the second period, Zach Meier would close out the 2nd period scoring when he scored from in close to cut the Ramblers lead in half 4-2.

The only goal of the 3rd period was scored by Loyola when a shot from the right point was deflected over the left shoulder of Matt Memolo who had replaced Berger.

Senior Night - GBN vs. Prairie Ridge 1/13/13

There are Senior nights and then again there are SENIOR NIGHTS.

The annual senior night ceremonies were touching and well done and then game that followed left the players and fans exhausted. GBN honored 12 of their own seniors Sunday night before taking on Prairie Ridge. Honored were Ryan Maksimovic, Daniel Goldblatt, Jonathan Gauger, Joey Rodin, Duncan Coogan, Seth Gideon, Blake Raven, Jake Yale, Fankie Pintz, Justin Nein, Zach Meier and Corey Lenhoff.

GBN got off to a slow start and gave up the only goal of the first period when Wolves foreword Kyle Buresch made a couple of nifty individual moves and beat GBN goalie Matt Memolo with just over 1 minute to play in the 1st period. The Spartans attacked more frequently in the 2nd period but again it was the Wolves who scored the next goal to lead 2-0.

With just over 4 minutes in the period, GBN forward Ryan Maksimovic found Seth Gideon who had crept in from the left point and blasted home a shot to cut the Prairie Ridge lead in half 2-1.

The 3rd period found the Spartans scrambling to tie the game when with 1:14 GBN defenseman Frankie Pintz was called for a penalty. Shorthanded, Nick Day and Ryan Maksimovic still forced some offensive play and gained a face off in the Wolves end. With goalie Matt Memelo pulled to even the attack at 5 on 5 a bouncing puck found Maksimovic open on the left side of the Wolves net and "Mak" made no mistake and tied the game with 14 seconds remaining.

The game went to a 3 man shootout with Prairie Ridge shooting first. Memelo would make the save on the Wolves 1st shooter. Jonathan Gauger would shoot for GBN and would roof his shot giving GBN a lead. Memolo again would stop the Wolves on their next attempt. GBN foreword Ryan Slovis a chance to win it, Slovis deeked left and had a wide open net but somehow Wolves goalie Alex Hentz reached back with all of his 6'4" frame and managed to keep the puck out.

That set up the dramatics as the Wolves were down to their last shooter where Memolo would again turn aside the shot. In a stunning turn of events the Spartans managed to keep their unbeaten strike alive at 16 with a 3-2 win.

GBN vs. Barrington - 1/10/13

Roth has a 3 point night in GBN 6-2 win.

A three point night 2 (G) 1 (A) by Parker Roth led the Spartans to their 14th straight victory, as they defeated Barrington 6-2 in a SHL game Thursday in Northbrook.

GBN scored two 1st period goals while surrendering 1 to take a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period. 3 goals in the middle period in less than 4 minutes salted the game away.

GBN outshot the Broncos 37-14 and had a 48 - 16 advantage in faceoffs won.

Matt Memelo was in the GBN net and earned the win.

GBN vs. Providence - Championship Game Blackhawk Charity Tournament

The final game of the Blackhawk Holiday Classic did not disappoint as GBN and Providence battle till the very end, only to see GBN come out on top 2-1.

The Spartans had a number of great chances in the first half with Ryan Maksimovic having 3 semi-break aways but was stopped each time. John McNally had a terrific chance on a power-play but his attempt went wide.

The half ended with no score.

The two teams remained scoreless until late in the game. Providence gained control of the puck on the right side of the Spartans ice. A quick shot was tipped and went to the wide side of the GBN net to give the Celtics the lead. With timewinding down Spartan defenseman Kyle Slovis took the puck at the red line, he weaved around two Providence players and found Nick Day on the left side of the Providence net and his shot was true and the game was tied.

On the very next shift Parker Roth went hard to the net and got off a shot that was stopped but not controlled, the puck was still in mid air as Zach Meier followed the play and swatted at the suspended puck, his effort paid dividends as the puck landed behind the Providence goal line for the winner.

Matt Memolo was in goal for the Spartans and earned the win.

The win caps a run of the three major high school tournaments championships, The Prairie Ridge Invite, The Loyola Gold Thanksgiving Tournament and the Blackhawk Holiday Classic.

Game tied with goal from Nick Day

Game winning goal by Zach Meier

Team celebration after third consecutive tournament win.

GBN vs. Fenwick - Semi-Final Game Blackhawk Charity Tournament 12/29

Gauger scores winning goal in GBN 5-1 win

The semi-finals of the Blackhawk Classic featured two teams with rich traditions, Fenwick and GBN.

The Friars struck first as they won a face off in the Spartans end, a shot from the point was tipped and went high into the Spartan net. GBN answered when big John McNally let go shot from a pass from Ryan Maksimovic.

Trailing 2-1 Ryan Maksimovic went end to end and back handed a shot that found some room and the game was tied. GBN took the lead for good when Jonathan Gauger took the puck from under the goaline and walked out to find Maksimovic on the back door for the go ahead tally.

Nick Day would score the fourth goal as he took a nice feed from Justin Nein. Maksimovic would close the scoring with a long wrist shot, it was his third of the day.

Final Score GBN 5, Fenwick 2

The finals will feature a rematch with Providence both teams are coming out of the same bracket.

GBN vs. Hinsdale - Quarter Final Chicago Charity Tournament 12/28

Justin Nein scores GBN's 1st goal in 4-2 win


In the quarter finals of the Blackhawk Classic GBN following the same script as most of the tournament fell behind Central 1-0 and 2-1 only to rally to win 4-2.

Justin Nein, Jonathan Gauger, Nick Day and Ryan Maksimovic all scored goals. The win moves the Spartans into the semi-finals against Fenwick.

GBN vs. Providence - 3rd Game Chicago Charity Tournament 12/27

Ryan Maksimovic scores 2 in GBN 6-2 win

In a hard played game, GBN would defeat Providence by the score of 6-2.

Providence struck first on a power-play goal 5 minutes into the game. GBN would score the next 3 goals to lead 3-1 with 14 minutes remaining but Providence would get one goal back just 10 seconds after the Spartans 3rd goal.

But Ryan Maksimovic would score 2 power-play goals and 3 for the game and John McNally would add another late to finish the scoring.

GBN finished 1st in their bracket to go into the quarter finals against Hinsdale Central.

GBN vs Stevenson - 2nd Game Blackhawk Charity Tournament 12/27

Parker Roth scores GBN's 1st goal in 3-2 win.

In the second game of the Blackhawks Holiday Classic GBN played SHL rival Stevenson.  

GBN had won two previous contest but Stevenson was out to change that, Two quick goals by Patriots Alec Blumenthal and Cam Gudmundson gave Stevenson a comfortable lead. Parker Roth would put the Spartans on the board minutes after the Patriots second Goal.

Ryan Maksimovic while on the power-play would tie the game as he deflected a clearing pass directly into the Patriots Net.

Nick Day would get the game winner on the power-play midway through the second half as he took a slap shot high up in the slot.

Final score GBN 3, Stevenson 2.

GBN vs. Naperville North - 1st Game Blackhawk Charity Tournament 12/26

Nick Day scores 2 in GBN 3-1 win

The Spartans opened the Blackhawks Charity tournament against Naperville North with a 3-1 win.

The Spartans were a bit sluggish in the opener. Nick Day scored on a power-play late in the first half for the lone goal. Naperville tied the score with one of their own man advantage goals early in the second half.

Ryan Maksimovik put GBN ahead for good as he came off the ride side of the boards and let got a 35 foot shot that went just under the crossbar.

Nick Day scored his second of the night with an open net goal with just seconds remaining.

The tournament is played with two 22 minute periods.

Nate Berger earned the win for the Spartans.

GBN vs. Buffalo Grove

Ryan Slovis scores 3 in a 8-2 win.

Ryan Slovis anchored the offense with 3 goals and GBN defeated Buffalo Grove in a non-SHlL game by the score of 8-2.

GBN was on the offensive most of night out shooting BG by a large margin. Others involved in the scoring were Ryan Maksimovic, John McNally,Jake Yale and Jonathan Gauger.

GBN vs. GBS 12/18/12

John McNally scores 2 in 6-1 win

Paced by two goals by John McNally the Spartans defeated their brothers from South by the score of 6-1.

The game was tied 1-1 when Nick Day broke the deadlock late in 1st period with some nice individual moves with an assist by Daniel Goldblatt.

The Spartans seemed somewhat sluggish in the period but not so in 2nd period. A hard fore check kept a ton of pressure on GBS and much of the play would stay at that end of the ice. GBN would capitalize with two more goals in the 2nd one each by Mitchell Kasselman and McNally's second.

Glenbrook South's Matt Grinde kept the game somewhat close as the Spartan attack continued in the 3rd period by scoring two more goals. Daniel Goldblatt and Chad Yale were credited.

Shots on goal were GBN 45 and GBS 15.

GBN vs Rockford 12/16/12

Zhang and Nein score 2 goals each in GBN 6-2 win

Nein and Zhang score 2 goals each in GBN 6-2 win

You almost had to be there to believe it, trailing 1-0 late in the 1st period the Spartans scored 4 goals in a minute on their way to a 6-2 win over Rockford.

Ryan Maksimovic tipped a shot from Seth Gideon with 1:19 to play in the period to tie the game. With 58 seconds left Mitchell Kasselman took a drop pass and scored from 20 feet out. Justin Nein would join the fun as he converted a pass from Nick Day with 35 seconds left and finally to with 17 seconds left the Spartans would add their fourth goal with Justin Nein's second goal.

Chris Zhang would add two goals to close the scoring. Nate Berger would make 25 saves for the win.

GBN vs Loyola Gold 12/15/12

Glenbrook North traveled to the Heartland Ice Rink to face their old rivals the Loyola Gold Ramblers Saturday night.

The game was physical and close checking. The 1st period was scoreless Spartan Ryan Maksimovic had the best scoring chance when he broke away and went in uncontested but was stopped by Rambler goalie Jordy Reizen.

Gold would open the scoring with a power play goal minutes into the 2nd period. The goal was credited to Zach Scholl. 3 minutes later Spartan Nick Day and Jonathan Gauger would break into the Rambler zone 2 on 1. Day would draw both the defenseman and goalie over to the left side, Day delivered the puck to Gauger who slid it under a sliding Jordy Reizen to tie the game.

The 3rd period was similar to the 1st with no scoring and very punishing to whomever touched the puck. Spartan goalie Nate Berger was severely tested in the stanza but did not yield a marker.

The game went to a 3 man shoot out. The shoot out was even at 1 a piece, when Spartan Nick Day came in on Reizen. Day made numerous stick handling moves and then shot the puck to the right side of net which caught the inside post and went in.

The Spartans appeared to have won the game when Nate Berger stopped the Ramblers final shooter but the referee ruled Berger left the goal crease before the shooter picked up the puck so Loyola was awarded another shot. Berger again would stand tall and stop the shot giving the Spartans their 3rd win in four games against Gold.

Shots were 32-31 in favor of GBN.

GBN vs. Stevenson 12/8/12

Nate Berger earns shutout in 6-0 win

Glenbrook North traveled to Buffalo Grove to face the Patriots of Stevenson in a SHL matchup Saturday night.

The game was scoreless through the 1st period but not for lack of chances. GBN had thebetter of the play pumping 17 shots at the Stevenson net and missing some wide-open chances.

Justin Nein finally dented the Patriots net with 10 minutes to go in the 2nd period. Nein found a lose puck just outside the crease and back handed a shot that just got by Stevenson goalie Corey Benjoya. The goal seemed to ease the tension as moments later Jonathan Gauger tapped in a goal as he redirected a pass from Ryan Maksimovic. With 40 seconds remaining in the 2nd period the prettiest play of night occurred as Nick Day found Gauger breaking to the net and Gauger found Maksimovic who fired a hard wrist shot to the upper left of Benjoya who had no chance of stopping the shot.

The Spartans would add an additional 3 goals in the 3rd period. Mitchell Kassellman would redirect a shot from the point fired by Parker Roth. Gauger would score his second of the night assisted by Frankie Pinz. Maksimovic would finish the scoring with a helper from Gauger.

Nate Berger would stop all 20 shots he faced including 1 shot from point blank range early in the 1st period.

Shots for the game were 39 to 20 in favor of the Spartans.

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GBN vs. New Trier Green Game Recap - 12/2/12

Jonathon Gauger scores two goals in a 7-6 loss to NTG

In a highly anticipated game between the # 1 ranked GBN Spartans and the # 2 New Trier Green Trevians, the Trevians would ultimately survive and win Sunday night in Northbrook by the score of 7-6.

Jonathon Gauger would get the big crowd going in the 1st period as he scored on a rebound at the 6:57 mark of the 1st period. Green's Daniel Spitz would take a faceoff from his own end, split the Spartan defense and score a breakaway goal shorthanded to tie the score. With 6 seconds remaining Ryan Slovis received a long pass from Daniel Goldblatt sending Slovis in on a breakaway which he finished giving the lead back to the Spartans at the close of the period 2-1.

The Trevians came out firing in the 2nd period and would score 4 goals in the period. Trevian John Dolby would score an unassisted goal to tie the game. William Stephan would score on a long slap shot, Charlie Shehan would score on a 25 foot wrist shot and Bradley Glass uncovered in front of the Spartan net tapped in the 5th goal.

In the 3rd period not much changed early as the Trevians scored a power play goal and an even strength goal just 2 minutes into the 3rd period pushing the lead to 7-2. Ryan Maksimovic would score the Spartans 3rd goal on the power play with 9 minutes left. Gauger would score his second goal of the night just 30 seconds later. Nick Day would make the night even more interesting as he would score 2 goals in the final 4 minutes making the final 7-6.

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GBN vs. Uxbridge 12/1/12

Robbie Arner earns shutout in 4-0 win

GBN welcomed The Uxbridge Stars from Canada Saturday night in a non-Scholastic Hockey League game Powered by two 1st period goals by Jonathon Gauger the Spartans defeated the Stars by the score of 4-0.

Alexander Merritt and Seth Gideon also chipped in with goals in the 3rd period.

Robbie Arner was in goal for the Spartans and he was perfect stopping all 22 shots that he faced.

GBN Varsity wins Loyola Academy Thanksgiving Tournament beating Sandburg 8 - 2

GBN vs. GBS 11/21/12

John McNally scores 2nd goal in GBN 3 - 2 win

Before a standing room only crowd at Glenview Ice Rink, Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South met each other for the first time this year in another edition of “The Game”. The Spartans would eek out a 3-2 win.

The game was tight checking with North having a large edge in attack time. But South’s goalie Reid McMahon turned back all 10 shots he faced in the 1st period. Early in the 2nd period, GBN forward Zach Meier walked out of the right corner and flipped a shot over McMahon for the first goal of the night.

South answered moments later as John Washburn released a shot from the right side of the ice that was stopped GBN goalie Mathew Memelo but South’s’ Eric Davis pounced on the rebound to tie the game. North again would take the lead with just over 8 minutes left in the period as John McNally fired a slap shot from 30 feet out that found the upper part of the net.

South would tie and close the scoring late in the 2nd on a power play goal. The tension was thick heading into the 3rd period. North again applied constant pressure that led to a power play chance for the Spartans as South’s’ George Karavidas would take a boarding penalty at the 4 minute mark of the period.

On the power play Spartan Nick Day stationed on the left circle received a pass from Frankie Pintz, Day shot short side and found the room over McMahon’s shoulder for the winner.

For the game the Spartans out shot South 34 to 14.

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GBN vs. Huskies 11/17/12

Mitchell Kasselman scores 1st GBN goal which is featured is featured in GBN new video

Mitchell Kasselman scores 1st GBN goal which is featured in new GBN video

GBN played the Huskies Hockey club in a non Scholastic Hockey game Saturday night with the Huskies prevailing by the score of 6-4.

The Huskies scored 2 goals less then 2 minutes apart late in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. GBN forward Mitchell Kasselman cut the lead in half with a snap shot just inside the left circle early in the 2nd period.The Huskies responded to that goal with 3 unanswered goals late in the period, 2 were on the power play and one was a 5-3 advantage.

A seemingly comfortable Husky lead was turned upside down as Seth Gideon would score into the upper left corner with 6 minutes left in the 3rd period. Ryan Maksimovic would score just 2 minutes later making the score 5-3 in favor of the Huskies. Less than a minute later on a power play Blake Raven would blast home the 4th Spartan goal from the right point. With the score 5-4 added pressure was applied but a number of near misses and a open net goal by the Huskies closed the door on the Spartan comeback.

Shots for the game were 32 to 27 in favor of the Spartans.

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GBN vs. Fenwick Friars 11/14/12

Ryan Slovis scores tying goal in 3 -3 game

Glenbrook North faced the Fenwick Friars in a non Scholastic Hockey League game Wednesday night. The game would end in a 3-3 tie.

Coming off the tournament win the Spartans early did not lack punch. Zack Meier opened the scoring when he tipped in a shot taken by defenseman Chad Yale with less than two minutes gone in the 1st period. Seth Gideon would add to the lead minutes later. Midway thru the second period with the Spartans in control, the game turned. An errant clearing attempt found the stick of a Friar who buried his shot into an open Spartan net.

The Friars started to establish their fore-check and brought a physical presence to the game. For most of the second period they bottled the Spartans up in their own end winning most of the board battles and loose pucks. Still leading 2-1 early in the 3rd period, the Spartans would again make another errant clearing cross ice pass that was intercepted at the Spartans blue line and the Friars would tie the game as they completed a two on one.

With 7 Minutes remaining the Friars would gain the lead on a shorthanded goal. Ryan Slovis would get that goal back on the same power play to close out the scoring. Shots for the game were 27 to 17 in favor of GBN.

GBN vs. Culver Academy Game Highlights

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GBN vs. Culver Academy Championship Game Recap - Prairie Ridge 11/11/12

Nick Day has 6 point game in a 6 - 2 win

Nick Day's 6 point night, 4 goals and two assists propelled GBN to the championship of the Prairie Ridge invitational over Culver Academy by the score of 6-2.

Day opened the scoring early in the 1st period with a power play goal. Defenseman Seth Gideon stationed at the left point passed it over to his partner Kyle Slovis at the right point, Slovis then sent a cross ice pass over to Day who riffled a shot into the open Culver net. 8 minutes later Justin Nein made terrific move coming from under the Eagles net and moved quickly to the front and sent a low shot in for the second goal. Culver would cut the lead in half just 30 seconds after Nein's goal. Ryan Maksimovik would answer the Eagles goal with less than 1 minute remaining in the 1st as he banged away at a rebound chance.

Day again would score the only goal of the second with another power play marker, assists going to Gideon and Kyle Slovis. Gideon would add the 5th tally at the 1:01 mark of 3rd period stretching the Spartan lead to 5-1. Culver would add a power play goal of their own just minutes later. Sustained pressure by Culver was throttled down by goaltender Mathew Memolo as on numerous times he was faced with some point blank chances and stood his ground, shutting out the Eagles the rest of the way.

Day would score another 2 goals in the final period; one was a power play goal and the other an empty netter.  For the tournament, the Spartans outscored their opponents 39 to 7.

GBN vs. St. Rita Semi-Final Game Recap Prairie Ridge Tournament 11/11/12

Chad Yale scores 2 goals in GBN 6-2 win

A quick start and two goals each by defenseman Chad Yale and forward Ryan Slovis, led GBN to a semi-final win over St. Rita in the Prairie Ridge Invitational. A swarming offense put the Mustangs on their heels from the start.

Within the first minute and the Spartans had two breakaways and numerous early chances. The game was less then 2 minutes old, when Yale received a pass from Zach Meier who had won a board battle on the right side of the ice and sent the puck to the point, Yale let go a 60 footer through some heavy traffic that found the back of the Mustangs net. The second GBN goal was a tick tack toe play that found each of the forwards Justin Nein, Nick Day and finally Ryan Slovis touch passing the puck in quick fashion where Slovis finished it in an open net. Yale's second goal was a mirror image stretching the Spartans lead to 3.

The 2nd period found the Spartans again pressing with a purpose. With just over 9 minutes left in the period, Ryan Slovis would get his second of the night as he received a nice pass from Nick Day in the high slot and he let go with a quick shot for the score, Mitchell Kasselman followed Slovis' goal less than 3 minutes later , giving the Spartans a 5-0 lead.

The Mustangs would score two goals late in the period to make it a contest. Nick Day would close the scoring with an empty netter making the final 6-2.

GBN vs. Providence Game 3 Recap Prairie Ridge Tournament 11/10/12

Merritt scores 2 goals and is plus 4 for the game won 7 -1 by GBN

The Spartans defeated Providence Catholic in the 3rd game of the Prairie Ridge Invitational with a 5-goal outburst in the 2nd period and would win going away by the score of 7-1.

GBN took the lead on a goal early in the 1st period by Justin Nein. Nein and Ryan Slovis worked a 2 on 1 to perfection that led to Nein’s backhand tally. Zach Meier would push the lead to 2 when he scored 6 minutes later. Providence would cut the lead in half when Rich Yusa tracked down an errant Spartan pass and would go in uncontested against GBN goalie Mathew Memolo and score a break away goal with 21 seconds left in the period.

Alex Merritt would open up the 5 goal second period when he found a rebound just outside the Providence crease and slammed it home. Ryan Maksimovik would score 4 minutes later from a feed from Jonathon Gauger and Kyle Slovis. Merritt would get his second of the game in similar fashion as his first and Zach Meier and Seth Gideon would score less then a minute apart late in the period to cap the scoring. Memolo would stop 30 of 31 shots for the win.

GBN will play in the semi-finals Sunday morning.

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GBN vs. HSE of Indiana Game 2 Recap Prairie Ridge Tournament 11/9/12

Ryan Maksimovic and Justin Nein each score 3 goals in 12 - 1 win.

The tone was set early as Jonathon Gauger scored his first of two goals just 25 seconds into the second game of the Prairie Ridge Invitational.

The Spartans would add 5 more before the period was over, overwhelming HSE of Indiana by the score of 12-1. Other multiple goal scorers were Ryan Maksimovic and Justin Nein, each would record 3 goal hat tricks and Alex Merritt would add two goals.

The Spartans play Providence Catholic in their 3rd game of the tournament. A win would assure GBN a spot in the semi-finals on Sunday.

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GBN vs. Barrington Broncos Game 1 Recap Prairie Ridge Tournament - 11/8/12

Winning goal scored by #24 Zack Meier

The first game of the Prairie Ridge Invitational did not lack for drama, as the Spartans edged the Barrington Broncos on a last second goal by Senior forward Zach Meier 3-2.

GBN had a dominant first period by out shooting the Broncos 17 to 5 but it was the Broncos who had the lone goal. Sophomore defenseman Chad Yale finally put the Spartans on the board with a power play early in the 2nd period with a 55 foot slap shot. Seth Gideon and Nick Day were credited with assists.

With just over 9 minutes left in the period a disputed icing call led to a faceoff in the Spartan zone. Broncos Cameron McGregor won the ensuing drawback to defenseman Nick Coy who's shot from the right point got under GBN goalie Robbie Arner left pad giving the lead back. Frustration would develop for GBN as twice in a matter of minutes it looked as if GBN had tied the score with apparent goals only to have each called off by referee Jerry Weber because he had lost site of the puck.

Early in the 3rd period, Meier would score his first of the night after sophomore forward Chris Zhang and Junior John McNally sustained pressure on their fore-check, Meier would come out of the left side of the ice and fire a hard wrists shot from about 25 feet which beat Bronco's goalie Brian Perille just above his left shoulder and just inside the cross bar. With 15 seconds to play the Broncos had their best scoring opportunity of the period with odd man two on one rush. Arner would make his save of the game when a shot seemingly heading to the upper left corner was snagged by him.

Centerman Nick Day won the next face off to defenseman Parker Roth. Roth hit a breaking Ryan Maksimovic who was flying up the left wing, Maksimovic let go with a 30 foot low shot that was kicked out by Perille, Meier caught the play, found the loose puck and buried the rebound with 6 seconds remaining, giving the Spartans their most dramatic win of the season.

Final shots on goal were 52 to 19 in favor of GBN. The Spartans will face Hamilton South East of Indiana Friday night at the Crystal Lake Ice house in the second game of the tournament.

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GBN vs. New Trier Green Game Recap - 11/7/12

Score: GBN 3 New Trier 6

For the first time this season the Spartans met their old foe New Trier Green in a battle of two of the top teams in the SHL in Wilmette Wednesday night.

The Trevians skated away with a 6-3 victory. New Trier scored the first 4 goals of the game, 1 in the first and 3 in the second before Nick Day scored a power play goal to give the Spartans some life. Minutes later, Day followed his power play goal with a shorthanded goal as Ryan Maksimovik and Day broke into the Trevians zone on a 2-1.

Maksimovic slid the puck over to Day just outside the Trevians crease and Day finished the play. The shorthanded goal seem to bring the game and momentum back to GBN. The Trevians scored their 5th goal and 4th of the period on what seemed to be a very innocent play that found the puck squirting around the Spartans net. A large scramble ensued and the Trevians found the loose puck and poke it home ending the scoring in 2nd period and giving New Trier back their 3 goal cushion at 5-2.

Each team scored 1 goal in the 3rd period. The Spartan goal was scored late in the period by Corey Lenhoff with the help of a nice assist from Seth Gideon.

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GBN Varsity vs. Leafs Midget Major Opening Game

09/12/2013, 11:00pm CDT

The Spartans opened up the 2013-14 hockey season with a 5-2 win against the Leafs Midget Major Hockey Club in a non-conference game in Northbrook. Nick Day’s shorthanded goal got GBN rolling in the 1st period. Johnny McNally who was a force in front of the Leafs cage all night netted 2 goals.   Alex Crane and Parker Roth each chipped in a goal apiece.  The physical play of freshman Zach Knudson was on display most of the night. Knudson set the tone of the game on the very first shift of the game as he took out an attacking Leaf forward with a clean hard hit, one of many during the night.  Sr. goalie Nate Berger started the game but was felled by an ankle injury late in the 1st period and was replaced by junior goalie Garrett Cohen who played well in Berger’s place. GBN will travel to the Prairie Ridge showcase this weekend, where they will play their old rivals New Trier Green and Loyola Gold on Sunday.


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Congratulation Duncan Coogan for being chosen as one of the three Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship winners.

The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association today announced the recipients of the 2013 Blackhawk Alumni Scholarships.

Congratulations go out to Jaclyn Story of Guerin of College Prep High School, Duncan Coogan from Glenbrook North High School and Michael Buche from St. Laurence High School.

These three young student athletes will be honored at the Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, March 4, 2013 at the McDonald’s Lodge in Oakbrook, Illinois.

GBN "ALL State Team" and the Scholastic Hockey League "ALL LEAGUE" team players.

Congratulations to:

  • Nick Day
  • Ryan Maksimovic
  • Johnathan Gauger

Selected to the "ALL State Team" and to the Scholastic Hockey League "ALL LEAGUE" team.

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