Cwik, Flores help Fenwick upset New Trier
Fenwick begins to celebrate after their win in their state semi-final against New Trier at The Edge Ice Arena March 19, 2013. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 30, 2013 1:55AM
BENSENVILLE — Fenwick senior Jessica Cwik experienced one of the highlights of her life on Tuesday night.
With the girls hockey game tied, Cwik collected a pass and started skating up the ice with less than 3:25 remaining in the third period. The senior then eluded one New Trier defenseman and rifled a wrist shot over New Trier goalie Claire McCain’s left shoulder. The game-winning goal hit the roof of the net with 3:17 remaining in the third period and gave fourth-seeded Fenwick a 3-2 advantage it wouldn’t relinquish.
Cwik’s goal was her second of the game and earned the Friars a berth in Sunday’s Blackhawk Cup state championship game. Fenwick will play Lake Forest at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the United Center.
“After (scoring), I was in a state of shock for at least three seconds,” said Cwik, a Chicago resident. “I turned around and Maggie (Conroy) was coming straight toward me and (Rebecca) Shinsako was coming, too. They were coming toward me and I just jumped so high; I don’t ever think I’ve jumped so high. I was so happy, and at that I point I knew we weren’t going to lose.”
Fenwick managed to hold off top-seeded New Trier’s surge in the third period, benefiting from freshman goalie Frankie Flores’ 18 saves in the period. Flores, who also lives in Chicago, finished with 31 saves and only allowed two Trevians to score — first it was senior Katy Ratty and then senior Lauren Michalec netted a goal with 10:56 remaining in the third period.
Fenwick’s upset over New Trier, the state’s No. 1 team throughout the season, was especially surprising considering the results of the teams’ two previous games. New Trier beat the Friars 8-2 on Jan. 20 and 5-1 on Feb. 14.
Fenwick forward Amanda Seltzer responded to Ratty’s goal by scoring on a breakaway with 1:10 remaining in the first period.
“I just think we were trying as hard as we can,” said Flores, when asked what changed Tuesday night. “We were skating faster, we were moving the puck more and we were actually trying to get the puck as deep as we could ... It was kind of surprising (to win), but I believed in everybody.”
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on April 4 to read more about the New Trier and Fenwick girls hockey teams.