Sacred Heart-Griffin Tops Decatur for Lincoln Land Cup Title


SPRINGFIELD -- The Lincoln Land Cup will reside on the north side of Springfield for the next year. Second-seeded Sacred Heart-Griffin took down league No. 1 seed Decatur 7-4 at the Nelson Center in Springfield. It was the annual battle of best from the Lincoln Land High School Hockey League's postseason.

The Flames were on the board first, when 4:47 into the game, Logan Bruner slipped one past SHG goalie Kyle Ballweg. The Flames led 1-0.

The Cyclones then scored 3 unanswered to take a 3-1 lead midway through the 2nd.  The Flames got back within 1 late in the second, on Blake Hess' goal with barely more than a minute to play.  SHG took a 4-3 lead into the 3rd.

That's when they took control, outshooting the Flames 18-7 in the final frame.  Evan Wellman scored the first of 2 goals in the period just 7 seconds into a power play, and the Cyclones went on to take a 6-3 league, before coasting to the victory.

Blake Hess scored twice for the Flames, who earned regular season bragging rights over SHG, with a 24-to-23 points edge in the standings.

The Cyclones now officially unseat Bloomington H.S., which had won the back-to-back Lincoln Land Cups in 2014 and 2015.

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