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VBBIH vs. Hillside School: CA 1; Hillside 1

Cushing Academy – 1 Hillside School – 1 The Cushing Varsity “B” Boys’ team took to the road for a Wednesday afternoon game against Hillside School at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA. The Penguins started the game by underestimating the younger Hillside Bulldogs, but quickly were aware of the skill and talent these Bulldogs possessed. Cushing goalie Ben Speyer ’20 kept the Penguins in the game early as he made 19 saves on 20 shots in the first period alone. It was Speyer’s heroics which allowed the Penguins to go into the first intermission only down by one goal. The boys from Cushing took the first intermission as a time to regroup and settle down as they realized the strength of their foes despite their youngster status. The Penguins came out in the second period with renewed focus and broke through about halfway into the second period. A huge power play goal by defenseman Seamus Cummings ’22 on an assist by Nick White ’19 knotted up the score a 1-1. The game remained knotted at 1 as the puck dropped to start the third period. The Penguins were skating hard off the puck drop and took control of the game. They dominated the Bulldogs territorially and outshot them 21-8 in the final frame. Despite a multitude of shots on net, the Penguins were unable to capitalize to bury the game winner and when the buzzer sounded it was a 1-1 tie. By far the best Penguin on the ice this evening was goalie Speyer with his outstanding saves, level-headed play, and ability to keep his team in the game when they were struggling. Speyer stopped 37 of 38 shots for a stellar .973 save percentage on the day. The coaching staff was incredibly proud of the boys for battling when their backs were against the wall. They refocused themselves when they found themselves being outplayed and not playing their game. Once the Penguins started to play their game the coaches saw the difference and Penguin hockey prevailed. The boys look to remain undefeated on the season when they hit the road again this coming Saturday for a big tilt against Tilton at 3:00pm. Season Record: 2-0-1

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.