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New Trier (59) goalie John Junge blocks a shot by Loyola (10) Michael Blasucci in first period action. | Judy Fidkowski~For Sun-Times Media
In his first-ever big rivalry game in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Winnetka Ice Arena, Jesse Arnold made a memory Saturday that will last him a lifetime.
The New Trier Green boys hockey senior forward powered a shot past Loyola Gold’s Jordy Reizen with 1:12 to go in the game to give the Trevians a 4-3 win over the Ramblers.
“He’s one of the best in the state,” Arnold said of Reizen. “I will always remember that goal.”
New Trier’s Zev Glass set up the game-winning score by drawing two defenders to the post before sending the puck to Arnold. It was his third assist of the game.
“I saw the backdoor open,” Arnold said. “He threaded the needle to me, and I elevated the puck into the net. It all happened so quick.”
New Trier goalie Jack Junge then made several stops on the other end, including one with 1.4 seconds left on the clock, to preserve the victory.
“You can’t ask for anything better,” Glass said. “You always want to get a victory in these games because they are the most fun to play in.
“To have it end like that is perfect.”
Less than two minutes into the game, Cal Callahan lifted Loyola to an early lead.
New Trier responded with goals by Daniel Spitz and Kyle Melton and led 2-1 at the end of the first period. Douglas Smart added to the advantage with a goal in the second for a 3-1 lead.
Loyola evened the score later in the period behind goals by Axel Lifvendahl and Jake Skarzynski.
“It’s not too often you get to play in a game like this as a high school kid,” Arnold said. “I know the other guys on the team so well, and I have a lot of respect for them. It was great to get (the) win.”