Naperville Central took advantage of early Fenwick penalties to jump out to a big lead and the Friars never recovered.
The Redhawks scored the first six goals and steamrolled their way to a 9-3 victory in the second round of the Blackhawk Cup playoffs at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville on Thursday night. Fenwick had three first period penalties and gave up two goals on the ensuing power plays. In total, Fenwick (22-27-3) had 11 penalties and allowed four goals on power plays by Naperville Central (45-11).
“You always want the man advantage out there,” said Redhawks’ forward Troy Nelson, who had four goals. “It paid off for us tonight and let’s hope it pays off for us in the next round.”
Nelson scored the first goal of the game on a power play with 8 minutes, 9 seconds left in the first. After a goal by Naperville Central’s Kyle Widman with 5:05 to play, teammate Connor Andrees picked up a score on another power play with 1:53 remaining for a 3-0 lead.