It was inevitable that the two best girls' high school teams in Illinois would meet in the finals of the Blackhawk Cup.
Ironically, those two best teams - Glenbrook and New Trier - will make the 2007 Blackhawk Cup championship game a rematch of last year's title game. Glenbrook and New Trier meet tonight at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville at 6:40 p.m.
This year, Glenbrook will be looking to overcome last year's heartbreaking loss. New Trier took last year's Blackhawk Cup in overtime, defeating Glenbrook 3-2 on a fluke goal.
"It's always been very competitive between New Trier and Glenbrook," Glenbrook manager Eric Routman said.
The two teams have met twice this season with Glenbrook taking the first game 4-1 on Dec. 17. New Trier, which is looking to claim their third title in four years, rebounded from the loss, playing a tighter game on the its home ice on Jan. 21, skating to a 1-1 tie.
Glenbrook advanced to the finals by storming past ninth-seeded Latin 16-1 in the quarterfinals and then overpowering fourth-seeded Lake Forest 11-4 in the semifinals on March 11.
Glenbrook finished the regular season with a record of 18-1-1 and atop Metro Conference. Leading scorer Megan Bozek, a sophomore, was named AHAI Co-Player of the Year. Bozek had four goals in the victory against Lake Forest and totaled 31 tallies during regular season.
"It's been a great season," Routman said.
Defending champion and second-ranked New Trier had much closer games in the Blackhawk Cup state tournament then Glenbrook. The Trevians beat seventh-seeded Oak Park/River Forest 3-1 in the quarterfinals and sixth-seeded Warren 5-2 in the semis.
"Our priority was to be in the game," New Trier manager Ned Forsberg said. "But we've had a good year."
A talented and skilled New Trier team is led by senior forward Melissa Kravic, who was named First Team All-State for the third consecutive season. Junior defenseman Carolyn Parks and senior goalie Mara Greenwald were named Second Team All-State.
"Our players have developed nicely," Forsberg said.
Throughout the season, both teams had the same goals: to make it back to the Blackhawk Cup finals and to win it. Still, only one team can be crowned Blackhawk Cup champions.
"Both teams have great depth and talent," Forsberg said. "It should make for a good game."