The Grey Giants squad prevailed in a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory against the D155 Predators to win the Wright Angle Tournament in Madison Wisconsin. Goalie Shai Lichtenfeld was outstanding in the net holding a strong Predator offense to just one goal early in the first period. Tournament MVP Pierce Romo tied the game early in the second period with a sharp wrister off a fancy dish from defenseman Jack Forman who had drove the puck deep into the offensive zone. Shai and the rest of the defense held off the hungry Predators and forced the game in to a sudden death overtime. Just 30 seconds in to the 3-on-3 OT, Daniel Morgenstern took a pass from Forman and took control of the Giants tournament by driving behind the net, drawing two defenders with him, and dropped the puck off to Romo. From behind the net, Romo promptly took it to the top of the crease, scored in the five hole backhand, and led the yard-sale celebration for the Giants.
On Friday night, Grey kicked off the tournament for the Giants with an exciting 3-2 victory over the D155 Predators. 4 of the 5 goals came in the last 2 minutes of each of the first two periods. Grey broke the tie midway through the third with Ilya Mondrowski’s second well positioned goal of the night. Romo sandwiched Grey’s second goal late in the third. The defense and Shai were able to hold off a late game surge from the Predators to hold on to the win, and narrowly missing a couple of empty net attempts.
The momentum for Grey continued in to Saturday morning. Against a physical Cyclone club from Geneva IL, the Giants toughened up and delivered a solid 5-0 victory. Shai was a brick wall in the net and barely seemed to break a sweat with his shut out. Derek Kasemir started the fun off with a laser from the blue line, followed up with another 2 goals from Mondrowski while Sam Schlussel posted 2 of his own including a sweet late game shorty.
The only setback for the Grey Giants came Saturday night. Lane Tech was winless in this tournament going into the game but they have Grey’s number this year as the Giants fell in a tough 5-3 loss.
“Over the last few months the boys have really been coming together as a team, which is evident by the success they’ve achieved at this tournament,” Head Coach Brian Kelly said. “Every player on that bench brings something valuable to the ice, no matter what their role is on the team. They deserve it.”
Following a tough 4-2 loss to Leyden on Saturday 10/27, the Giants hosted their District 113 rival, Deerfield at Centennial on Sunday 10/28.
With a standing room only crowd at Centennial, both teams started the game energized looking to give their respective fan base a reason to cheer. The first period saw Deerfield control most of the play, but the Giants did a great job of killing off 3 early penalties as the game stayed tied at zero until Deerfield took a dangerous checking from behind penalty with under a minute to play in the period. 30 seconds into the power play Will Rosenberg top-shelfed a beautiful backhand shot on a tic-tac-toe play from Drew Felman and Kyle Wiesman to give the Giants a 1-0 lead to end the first.
The Giants carried the momentum from their first goal into the second period when Jack Elbaum scored 3 minutes into the period following good puck movement from his linemates Sam Shachtman and George Giese to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. 3 minutes later Jack Gerber, of Deerfield, cut the Giants lead to one with a spectacular individual effort. Unlike the first period, the Giants controlled most of the play in the second and with 2 minutes to go in the period the Giants went up 3-1 when Elbaum came streaking down the left side with a Deerfield defender pursuing him and slid the puck over to Shachtman who buried the pass for his first goal of the evening. Not to be out done, Deerfield’s Gerber buried his second of the night on a power-play goal with only :12 seconds to go before the buzzer to end the period.
The third period saw Deerfield start the period with a number of quality scoring chances and Jack Gerber complete his hat trick for the evening only 2 minutes into the period. With the game tied at 3 with 13 minutes to play it was anyone’s game. This is when you could see the Giants were the better conditioned and significantly more disciplined team than their arch rival. 3 minutes later, with the Giants on the power-play, Elbaum scored the go ahead goal, his second of the evening, on a great feed from Giese. For the rest of the way, the Giants shut down any offense the Warriors could muster and outworked their opponent. Shachtman scored the final goal of the evening, his second, on a pass from Elbaum with under a minute to play.
Notes: Zach Gordon was between the pipes and made 28 saves on 30 shots. Jack Elbaum had a 4 point (2G, 2A) evening while Sam Shachtman notched 3 points (2G, 1A) and their linemate George Giese tallied 2 assists
The Giants are back in action next weekend when they travel to Madison, Wisconsin for the Wright Angles tournament.
The Giants started a key stretch of 6 league games in 9 days on the road against Lane Tech on Saturday night, 10/20.
The game started horribly for the Giants as they went down 2-0 early in the first period on back to back power play goals by Lane Tech.
Lane Tech extended their lead to 3-0 just two minutes into the second period and things looked like they were only going to get worse as the Giants took their 4th penalty of the evening. However, only 13 seconds into the penalty kill, George Giese gave the Giants life with a shorthanded goal when he buried a beautiful pass from Jack Elbaum. Five minutes later Zach Simon pounced on a rebound off of a Drew Felman shot to cut the deficit to 1. Lane Tech did a good job of bringing the Giants momentum to a halt by taking a 4-2 lead shortly before the buzzer to end the second period.
The Giants came out energized to start the 3rd and it only took Sam Shachtman (unassisted) 35 seconds to cut the lead to 4-3 on spectacular individual effort. Less than 2 minutes later George Giese (unassisted) scored his second of the evening to tie the game at 4-4. Riding the momentum and looking to take the lead, the Giants were extremely aggressive which resulted in an odd man rush for Lane Tech as they took a 5-4 lead with 11 minutes to play. From this point on the Giants were waiting for the chance to tie the game as time was not on their side. With 1:42 to play, Coach Booth took a time-out and drew up a play for the ensuing offensive zone faceoff. With the Giants goalie on the bench, Coach Booth sent out Giese, Elbaum, Shachtman and Tommy Maurantonio up front with Josh Velick and Sebastian Thomas at the point to try to tie the game. Moments later following a hard won face-off by Shachtman, Elbaum put a shot on goal that the goalie kicked to the far side where Maurantonio was waiting and put the puck into the back of the net for a hard fought tie.
Notes: Tyler Kasemir made his second straight start between the pipes making 25 saves on 30 shots.
The Giants (1-2-1) are back in action on Sunday 10/21 when they visit the D155 Predators (3-4) in Crystal Lake. The next home game is Saturday 10/27 at 8:20pm vs Leyden.
After graduating 10 seniors last year and struggling during the preseason, the 2018/19 Giants opened their regular season at home versus Prep on 9/26 in dominating fashion with a 9-4 victory. Prep took an early 1-0 lead only 13 seconds into the game, but their lead would be short lived as Jack Elbaum, on a beautiful feed from behind the net by Sam Shachtman, tied the game 30 seconds later. The Giants, under the direction of new Head Coach and Hockey Director Anthony Booth, proceeded to outwork Prep and put 5 more pucks in the back of the net before the end of the first period to take a commanding 6-1 lead.
The other 5 first period goals were scored by, varsity newcomers, Will Rosenberg and Kolton Jacobs along with veterans George Giese, Sam Shachtman and Jack Elbaum. The Giants never looked back. Senior Zach Gordon was between the pipes and made 18 saves on 22 shots.
The Giants will be in action again on 10/3 when they visit New Trier at Winnetka Ice Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:10pm
Breast Cancer Fundraiser
The Breast Cancer Fundraiser, now in its 2nd year, is an extremely
generous donation effort brought to us by the Manone Family.
Julie & Dean Manone have designed and donated nearly 200 custom T-shirts… ALL profits will be donated. 50 percent will go to the Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, and 50 percent will go to the HP Giants Hockey Scholarship Fund. The price of the shirts is $10.00 each. If your player is interested in selling a few, on behalf of the team, and/or if your family/friends are interested in purchasing, please contact Sam Shachtman, Team Ambassador, at
Below is a list of the students in The Highland Park Giants Hockey Association who have qualified as Members of the HPHS Honor Society. The Highland Park High School Honor Society was established to recognize Junior and Senior students’ achievements.
Highland Park, IL 4/9/18 – Mike Schaffer, President of the Highland Park Giants Hockey Association, is pleased to announce the hiring of Anthony Booth as the programs new Hockey Director and Varsity Head Coach effective June 1st, 2018.
Coach Booth, with over 15 years of High School and Youth coaching experience from AAA to A, joins the Giants following his most recent position as the Head Coach of Loyola Academy’s Maroon Varsity team.
Coach Booth brings extensive experience in player development to the Giants through his experience as Director of Player Development at PuckPros Hockey Training Center in Glenview from ’08-’13 and as the Founder and Owner of Precision AAA Hockey, a recognized leader in youth hockey skills development, since its inception in 2007. In addition, Coach Booth boasts an impressive head coaching resume including coaching stints with the Wisconsin Rampage (Jr. A), CYA, Team Illinois, the Skokie Flyers and the Lake County Atoms.
“We are thrilled to have Anthony, with his impressive coaching accomplishments and resume take over the Giants Hockey program”, said Mike Schaffer. “We look forward to Anthony helping teach our boys, both on and off the ice, how to be responsible and accountable hard working young men.”
Anthony resides in Lindenhurst Illinois with his wife and 4 daughters
As all of us know, playing hockey is an expensive endeavor. We believe every Highland Park HS student should be able to play the sport he loves regardless of his family’s financial circumstances. Our club has a well-established Scholarship Fund, which is administered by a third party review panel, to assist those in need. Over the past number of years, we have helped over 20 families cover the costs to ensure that their son(s) has been able to play hockey for the Giants.
Recently an anonymous donor has stepped forward and offered us an exciting opportunity whereby the donor will match, dollar for dollar, up to $11,400! The Giants Hockey Board has taken on the challenge and we are seeking your help.
So how do we get the funds we use? Through the generous financial support of people like you. As a hockey lover, we know you support keeping skaters on the ice and out of trouble. Please consider helping us meet this challenge through a tax deductible donation at one of the following levels:
$50 - Assist
$100 – Play Maker
$250 - Goal Scorer
$500 - Hat Trick
???? - Cup Champion
Through your generous donation, you will help keep the hopes and dreams alive of young men to enjoy this incredible game, build life long friendships, and stay focused in school. Whatever you can afford, will help us to ultimately achieve the match of $10,000!!!
An added benefit: for every $100.00 dollar increment of your donation will earn you an entry into a drawing for 1 of the 3 generously donated prizes listed below:
12 Tickets and 4 parking passes to a suite at a Hawks Game TBD 2018 – 2019 season
Donated by Banner Kitchen & Bath Showroom
12 Tickets and 4 parking passes to a suite at a Bulls Game TBD 2018 -2019 season
Donated by Banner Kitchen & Bath Showroom
1 Samsung 55” Black UHD 4K HDR LED Smart HDTV Donated By ABT Electronics and Appliances
You can either donate via Credit Card by requesting a pay-pal link from our treasurer Josh Gordon at email@example.com or with a check made out to "Highland Park Giants” mailed to:
HP Giants Hockey Assn. NFP
PO Box 558
Highland Park, IL 60035
We are a registered 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.
Thank you in advance and we truly appreciate your support.
Board of Directors
Highland Park Giants Hockey Association
The HP Giants and their families celebrated our seniors and all of their accomplishments.
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In a competitive game this past Wednesday evening, the GIANTS Varsity Hockey Team broke open a tight game midwaythrough the third period to beat the Deerfield Warriors 6-3. In the victory, the GIANTS brought home THE CUP in this yearly rivalry game. The electric atmosphere at the completely packed Glacier Ice Arena had both Student Bodies and Fans on the edge of their seats. Both Teams were tied 2-2 after the first period. In the second period, Michael Gallo scored his first of two goals on the evening to put the GIANTS up 3-2 after the second period. Goals by Dylan Abt, Alec Powers and Michael Gallo in the third put the game out of reach. Offensively on the evening for the GIANTS Ryan Genender, Dylan Abt, George Giese and Michael Gallo had two points each. With Charlie Levine-Wolf, Sam Frazer, Sam Shachtman and Alec Powers contributing with a point each. Goaltender for the GIANTS Jack Manone, had a strong evening with 20 saves including a big save on a Penalty Shot. It was very impressive seeing the Sportsmanship these young men displayed embracing each other and shaking hands after the game. Most of them playing hockey with each other since they were very young.
Coach Freeman’s Varsity Hockey Team showed both determination and endurance this past weekend. The GIANTS traveled to Madison, WI. for the Mad City Veteran’s Cup Tournament. They played five games in less than 48 hours, and won them all. Once again, the Goaltending and Defense were tremendous. Netminders Zach Gordon and Jack Manone just keep getting better. The GIANTS offense also showed up in outscoring the competition 22-3 after four games. In a fantastic Championship game, the GIANTS prevailed 1-0 against the pesky Barrington Bronco’s. With many momentum changes throughout the game, Kyle Powers’ scored on a great assist from Sam Frazer with just 45 seconds left in the game. Jack Manone was astounding in net for another one of his shutouts. Mark your calendars for the big game against the rival DeerfieldWarriors on November 22 at Glacier Ice Arena.
HP Giants are the Champions of the Mad City Veterans Cup!
On Sunday evening, the HP Varisty GIANTS Hockey Team welcomed our Local Chapter of the Tiger Scouts to take in a game. And what a game they saw! The GIANTS hosted the Evanston Wildkits at Centennial Ice Arena. Senior Michael Gallo got the GIANTS on the board with a crafty shot from the slot. The Wildkits tied the game early in the second. With the score tied for over thirteen minutes, Senior Defenseman Grant Silver landed a rocket in the back of the net for the game winner! Goalie Zach Gordon has been stellar for the GIANTS this season. Zach had another outstanding game with 17 saves against an aggressive Evanston Team. The win puts the GIANTS in a tie for first in the tough CHAMPIONS DIVISION. Thanks to the Tiger Scouts for their great spirit and support. We hope to have them back soon. The GIANTS are off to Madison, WI. this weekend for the Mad City Veterans Cup Tournament. COME OUT AND BE A PART OF GIANTS HOCKEY!
HP GIANTS HOCKEY is already getting ready for the BIG GAME against Deerfield next month The GIANTS are excited about their SPIRIT WEAR for the big game. Get your Hats and T-Shirt’s NOW! Your order must be in by November 3rd. The game is November 22. Come out and enjoy some competitive Hockey!
The Varsity Team had another exciting week of Hockey. Sunday the Team never quit and came back from being down 2-0 after to two periods to tie the #3 Glenbrook North Spartans 2-2. The action was outstanding from the outset. After the Giants gave up a couple of power play goals, the goaltending and defense shut the Spartans down the rest of the way. The Giants fought back with a beautiful goal from Ryan Genender early in the third period. Then with an amazing effort from Dylan Abt in the offensive zone, Zach Chamberlin was able to score at the buzzer on a rebound from a Abt shot. What a game! Monday evening the Giants hosted New Trier Gray. With Zach Gordon in net, the Giants dominated the play from start to finish putting up a 5-2 victory. The Giants scoring came from Michael Gallo, who had two goals, Jordan Meek, Jack Elbaum and Sam Fraser. The GIANTS schedule remains strong when they host Loyola on Sunday evening 7:10 PM and New Trier White on Tuesday the 17th at 9 PM. Both games are at Centennial Ice. COME OUT AND BE A PART OF GIANTS HOCKEY!
The Giants organization extends a big congratulations to Coach Dan and his wife Lindsay on the birth of their son. His name is Nolan John, and parents and baby are happy and healthy!
The Highland Park Giants Hockey Association’s third annual alumni game on June 24 at Centennial Ice Arena saw the Blue team defeat the White team 21-12. Players and fans enjoyed the game, and the funds raised supported the Scholarship Fund.
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