BOYS HOCKEY: One week after his father died, senior Eamon O’Brien scored one goal and had one assist Sunday in Loyola Gold’s 5-3 loss to St. Ignatius, of Cleveland, Ohio, in the title game of the Jesuit Cup at MB Ice Arena in Chicago.
Tim O’Brien (Class of 1984) passed away Jan. 13. All four of his children are part of the Loyola hockey family, including alums Devin (Class of 2015) and Abigail (Class of 2017) and freshman Ciaran.
The Ramblers were undone by penalties Sunday. St. Ignatius scored three power-play goals in the first period to take a 4-1 lead. Loyola scored two unanswered goals in the second to get within one, 4-3, but was unable to get the equalizer in the third. The Wildcats scored on an empty net for the final margin.
Declan Darcy and Aidan Finegan each scored one goal, while Cooper Prawdzik and Kevin Purcell each had one assist for Loyola. Andrew Shearson was in goal.
In advancing to the title game, the Ramblers beat Marquette (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) 4-1, St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 6-2 and Loyola (Montreal, Quebec) 5-2.
WRESTLING: After sitting out last season, senior Sam Schierloh was the team’s top finisher Saturday at the Catholic League’s meet at Mount Carmel. He earned a win by fall over De La Salle junior Bryan Doyle to take third place at 195 pounds. All three of his wins were by fall.
Loyola head coach Joe Haney marvels at Schierloh’s pure strength. Two of his three losses this season were by one point, and the other was a medical forfeit.
“He overwhelms and overpowers people,” Haney said. “He destroys them. If he goes the full six minutes, he gets a little tired. But he still has a chance to win. I’m happy he’s back this year.”
Junior Josh Kreutz finished fifth at 220 pounds after beating St. Laurence junior Sean Burns 1-0. Junior Billy Sullivan won two matches at 145 pounds, both by fall.
With five wrestlers competing, Loyola placed ninth out of 14 teams with 53 points. The host Caravan captured the conference championship.
Senior Aidan McKeag, the program’s all-time leader in wins, wrestled one match at 132 pounds before pulling out of the tournament with an injury. Haney said his status evaluated daily.
“He’s my ultimate lunch-pail wrestler,” Haney said. “He shows up, works hard and goes home. We hope to get him healthy.”
The Ramblers start the Class 3A state series Feb. 2 at the Fremd Regional.