The Scouts Hockey Association got into the giving spirit before Thanksgiving by pledging a donation to a Lake Forest charity.
Although the Lake Forest Blue hockey team lost 2-1 to New Trier White on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Lake Forest College, the Scouts Hockey Association donated $776 to the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association at the annual Pucks and Poms game.
The Lake Forest High School poms captains and some LFHS teachers participated in the fourth annual Shoot the Puck contest as a precursor to the game. For each goal scored $500 would be donated to GLASA. LFHS teacher Geri Galassini scored the lone goal in the contest. In total, between the Shoot the Puck contest and concession sales, the team raised $776 for the night.
“On behalf of the Scouts Hockey Association thank you so much for turning out and helping us support GLASA,” said Ed Youdell, Scouts hockey president. “With that, I’d like to present a check for $500 to GLASA.”
Youdell presented a check in the amount to GLASA Falcons sled hockey team manager Doug Kasamis. The organization gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to play sled hockey.
“The money will assist in defraying ice time as well as purchasing needed adaptive sled hockey sleds,” said Cindy Housner, GLASA executive director. “We’re a non-for-profit. We don’t receive any tax income, so all of our funding have to be raised. So, this is a very important fundraiser to help support the sport of sled hockey.”
The Scouts hockey program’s relationship with GLASA extends far beyond the annual Pucks and Poms game. A portion of Scouts’ Christmas tree sales and Vineyard Vines tie and belt sales go to GLASA each year.
“The GLASA Falcons sled hockey team is very fortunate to have the continued support of our Lake Forest High School ice hockey team,” Housner said. “We are very honored and it’s been a wonderful partnership that has continued throughout the years.”
Additionally, Scouts hockey hosts a scrimmage against the GLASA sled hockey team each year in January or February. This gives the LFHS players the perspective of playing hockey using a sled like the GLASA players do.
“I think it’s a good experience for these guys to really be humbled and to really remember this is a game,” said Mike McCann, Lake Forest Blue’s assistant coach. “At the end of the day they get to go out and play hockey every day and these people have to go through this at all times. So, it’s a good humbling experience for these guys to go through.”
Scouts forward Charlie Altounian agreed with his coach.
“I think it’s great,” he said. “I think it’s fun for both sides for us and them. We get to experience what their game is like and it’s cool and a fun thing.”
Getting in on the action
As far as the game between Lake Forest Blue and New Trier White, the Trevians won 2-1 following the Shoot the Puck contest, of which all the scoring occurred in the first period.
“I think everything started to tighten up a little bit defensively once everybody got comfortable in the game,” McCann said. “We definitely had a lot of opportunities. Our goalie played terrific as well as theirs. We’re both really good hockey teams and the score definitely doesn’t show all the offensive opportunities that happened.”
New Trier’s Luke Baldwin scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Ryan Gallagher with 4 minutes, 28 seconds left in the first period. New Trier’s first goal was scored by John Kane off an assist from Dylan Kochman with 13:37 left in the first period. This gave the Trevians a 1-0 lead to start the game.
The Scouts responded less than two minutes later with an Altounian goal off an assist from forward Griffin Slobodnik to tie the score at 1 with 11:45 left in the first period.
“We were on the power play and Griffin just took it to the net and I ended following up on the rebound and just whacked it in,” Altounian said.
Despite winning the game 2-1, New Trier White coach Bob Melton felt his team was outplayed.
“I thought Lake Forest really played well tonight,” he said. “Our team has a very good record and I thought they outplayed us. I thought we were very lucky to get out of here with a win. I thought our goalie was the difference. Their two goalies played great, but our goalie saved us tonight because I really thought that we were outplayed tonight.”