The Cushing Varsity “B” Boys’ Hockey team hit the road and headed north for a match-up against fellow undefeated rival Tilton School. Tilton proved to be the Penguins toughest opponent yet in this young season and handed Cushing its first loss.
Despite the final score not being in Cushing’s favor, it was an exciting game with back and forth action throughout. The Penguins put themselves up 1-0 after the first period on a power play goal by Trevor Hada ‘20. Coming into the second period it continued to be a dog fight between the two teams, but Hada’s finish on a breakaway late in the second put the Penguins up 2-0. Defenseman Shane McElhaney ‘22 fed Hada on a beautiful tape-to-tape pass up the ice to allow Hada the stellar finish. Despite the momentum high and controlling the last three minutes of the second period, the Penguins let up four unanswered goals and went into the second intermission down 4-2 to the Rams of Tilton.
After regrouping during the second intermission, the boys took to the ice in the third period ready to dig in and battle back. They dominated the third period and were able to cut the Tilton lead to 4-3 on a power play goal by defenseman Adam Canfield ’19. Canfield’s goal was set up by fellow captain Josh Beese ’19 late in the third period and it gave life to the Cushing comeback. With the Penguin goalie pulled for the extra attacker in the last few minutes of the game, the Penguins pushed for the tying goal, but it was to no avail. The Tilton Rams escaped with a home 4-3 win and dealt the Penguins their first loss of the season.
Although the boys came out on the losing end, the coaching staff was happy with the team’s determination to dig back in after their momentary lapses in the second period. Strong performances for the Penguins were had by Hada, Beese, Canfield, Nick White ’19, and Ben Speyer ’20. Speyer finished with a commendable 23 saves on the day.
The team will take the ice one more time prior to the holiday break when they take on Rt. 12 rival Winchendon School. The game will close out the finals week and will be played on Thursday, Dec. 13th at 3:30pm at Winchendon’s Ritchie Arena.
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