Run Stoppers: Lake Zurich cruises by Prospect

Run Stoppers: Lake Zurich cruises by Prospect

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2010
1:18 AM
By Dick Quagliano
YourSeason.com

Lake Zurich linebacker JJ Raffelson and the Bears defense kept Prospect in check in a 14-7 victory Saturday in the Class 7A playoffs in Mount Prospect.

We just kept reading our keys and going to the ball, Raffelson said. We knew we had to stop their quarterback and running back and we worked hard in practice to do that.

Lake Zurich (10-1) held Prospect to 73 yards rushing in the first half as the Bears built a 14-0 advantage.

Following a fumble recovery by Taylor Coleman at the Lake Zurich 48, the Bears marched 52 yards in nine plays. Zach Till hooked up with Mike Schnur on a 15-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 with 5:28 left in the first quarter.

It became 14-0 midway through the second quarter when Jacob Brinlee (21 carries, 122 yards) capped a six-play, 72-yard drive with a 15-yard run.

The first half we were able to run the ball, Brinlee said. They made some adjustments in the second half and it was much tougher.

Prospect (9-2) got back into the game on the second play of the second half. Steve Dazzo connected with Peter Bonahoom on a 75-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7.

But the Knights couldnt put another scoring drive together from there. Prospects final two possessions ended with interceptions by Danny Minogue and Grant Soucy.

It came down to big plays here and there, Lake Zurich coach Bryan Stortz said. But our defense was able to keep them in check.

It was the final game for Prospect coach Brent Pearlman, who decided to step down as head coach.

Rangers win riveting goaltending duel over Blackhawks in overtime

Rangers win riveting goaltending duel over Blackhawks in overtime

Antti Raanta stopped all 26 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season and Nick Holden netted the winner as the New York Rangers beat the Blackhawks 1-0 in overtime on Friday night.

The Blackhawks, playing without Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford, are now 1-2-1 in their last four games. Nevertheless, they remain atop the Western Conference with 38 points.

Scott Darling stopped 36 of 37 shots in the loss.

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Two seasons ago Darling and Raanta battled for the Blackhawks’ backup spot. Friday marked their first head-to-head matchup, and it was stellar.

The Blackhawks thought they broke the scoreless tie six minutes into the third period, when Marian Hossa got one past Raanta. But the Rangers challenged for offside and officials agreed, nullifying the goal.

Blackhawks preparing for EPIX all-access look leading up to Winter Classic

Blackhawks preparing for EPIX all-access look leading up to Winter Classic

The 2017 Winter Classic featuring the Blackhawks and Blues is right around the corner.

Players from both sides already squared off in a game of NHL 17 to generate some hype into the game, but nothing compares to behind-the-scenes footage of the two teams leading up to it.

Beginning Dec. 16 at 9 p.m., EPIX will air a one-hour episode each week that provides an all-access look inside the lives of the Blackhawks and Blues, on and off the ice.

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The game will be on Jan. 2 at 12 p.m. on NBC, with the final episode airing Friday, Jan. 6.

Here's a two-minute preview involving the Blackhawks, who are labeled "A Good Bunch of Guys."