For the second consecutive year, New Trier Green and Providence Catholic will square off in the state title game of the Illinois State High School Hockey Championships at the United Center on Friday at 7 p.m.
The game will be live streamed on CSNChicago.com with WGN Radio's Judd Sirott and CSN's Steve Konroyd on the call, and a re-broadcast will air Sunday at 4 p.m. on CSN.
In the 2016 championship match, New Trier Green came out on top 5-2 thanks to a four-goal effort by forward Jack Raith, who's now a senior.
He ranks second on the team with 118 points in 75 games, and is one of three players on the Trevians that has compiled at least 100 points this season, along with Charlie Burton (102 points in 67 games) and leading-scorer Tommy Cahill (125 points in 71 games).
Burton was recently named the JJ O'Connor Male High School Player of the Year for his terrific senior campaign, and will look to cap off his high school career by helping his school win its fourth title in five years.
Jake Rott took home the player of the year honors last season, and leads the way for the Celtics as they seek their first-ever high school hockey state championship.
He has 61 points in 22 Catholic League regular-season games this season, with senior forward Jake Vennetti right behind him at 58 points.
The No. 1-seeded Trevians cruised past No. 5 Benet Academy 8-2 in the semifinals of the Red Division while the No. 2-ranked Celtics blanked No. 3 Loyola Gold 5-0 to advance to the championship.
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2016-17 record: 30-4, 8-2 Public League Red-South
Postseason results: Lost to Whitney Young in Class 4A Title Game
Players to watch: Senior Talen Horton-Tucker (Iowa State) is one of the area's premier two-way players. Senior forward Messiah Jones (Drake) is an elite leaper and rebounder. Talented junior guard KeJuan Clements is also back. The Wolverines also added some intriguing transfers in Xavier Pinson (St. Pat's) and Northwest Indiana native Zion Young. Both Pinson and Young have Division I interest and add even more perimeter firepower.
Why they're in the power rankings: On paper, you could argue that Simeon is the most talented team in the state this season. The Wolverines have proven veterans who have won city titles and Division I transfers at multiple positions. But how will all of the pieces fit together? This is a fascinating group with a high ceiling.
Did you know? Making it back to Peoria last season, Simeon has now made 13 state finals appearances.
2016-17 record: 23-5, 8-2 Public League Red-West
Postseason results: Won Class 2A State Championship.
Players to watch: Seniors Dannie Smith and Raekwon Drake are both major All-Area threats after strong junior seasons. Another senior, Ty Mosley, might actually be the best long-term college prospect of the group as he's pledged to Milwaukee for next season. Sharpshooter Brian Hernandez is another seasoned veteran who has a knack for making big plays.
Why they're in the power rankings: The Spartans return most of last season's Class 2A title team and they also added some key transfers in former Marian Catholic point guard Chase Adams and former Clark wing Demarius Splunge. While the Spartans should be the heavy favorites to repeat in Class 2A, they haven't made as much noise in the Public League Playoffs, which is why they're still behind some of the other schools in the preseason Power Rankings.
Did you know? Orr was absolutely dominant during its Class 2A title run last March as the Spartans won by an average of 21 points. Only one team, Uplift, even played Orr to within single digits and that was still a nine-point margin of victory.