Hockey Team Loses in Semi's at Prairie Ridge Invite


It was a busy weekend for St. Rita Hockey as they participated in the Prairie Ridge Invitational in a field that was loaded with some of the best teams around the state. The tournament would kick off on Friday against Culver. St. Rita would take an early lead on a Dylan Kay goal which would put the Mustangs up 1-0. The game would see two offensives take control as both teams exchanged goals in all three periods. With the game tied 4-4, sophomore, Tony Faron would score the game winner to advance St. Rita to the quarterfinals with a 5-4 victory.

St. Rita would not have long to rest as they played the next day against tournament hosts, Prairie Ridge. While the defense struggled in game one, the Mustangs would turn up the pressure in game 2 and shutout Prarie Ridge 2-0. Goals were scored by Hunter Marcinek and Brian Knightly. Marty Napelton was in goal for the Mustangs and recorded his second shutout of the season, the first coming against conference rival Brother Rice in a 6-0 victory. Later that day St. Rita was back on the ice against New Trier Blue, a team they had lost to earlier in the year 3-2. The outcome would be much different as the Mustangs pressured both sides of the ice and won the game 6-1.

The win against New Trier advanced St. Rita to the semi-finals where they took on Glenbrook North. The long weekend caught up with the Mustangs and they lost a tough battle 6-2. With the weekend results the team moves to 10-4-2 on the year and get ready to play Marist Thursday night at the Orland Park Ice Arena. Puck is set to drop at 7:40pm.