VBIH vs. Northfield Mount Hermon School: CA 4; NMH 3
Cushing Academy – 4
Northfield Mount Hermon School – 3
After a third place finish in the Groton School / Lawrence Academy Tournament in mid-December, the Cushing Penguins enjoyed the holiday break before opening-up play in the Edward G. Watkins Tournament Boys’ Hockey Tournament at Iorio Arena. Eight teams began group play on Friday, December 28th with the group play action continuing through Saturday. After group play the top team in each division advances to the championship game on Sunday.
The first opponent up for Cushing was an improved Northfield Mount Hermon School from last season. After falling behind 2-0, the Penguins were forced to refocus their energy and battle back from the early deficit. The first goal to break the ice for the Penguins was from Jake Hewitt '21 (Ashburnham, MA), who lit the lamp with the assists credited to Brad Zona '19 (Auburn, MA) and Patrick Keegan '19 (Billerica, MA). Then it was Connor Wood '20 (St. Albans, VT) knotting things up at two goals apiece after Bryce Montgomery '21 (Bowie, MD) and Patrick Borella '19 (Hudson, MA) outworked the Hoggers on the wall to keep the play alive. NMH regained the lead in the third period, but the Penguins showed their resiliency once again. This bounce-back was Billy Norcross '21 (Lynn, MA) netting the equalizer on a long knuckle-puck shot that had eyes for the back of the net. And when there was under two minutes left in the game and with the score knotted at three apiece, it was co-captain Keegan with a laser from the point to stretch the back of the net. Keegan’s goal, assisted by Max Dorrington '20 (N. Reading, MA), would prove to be the game winner in what was a game of back-and-forth action and lead changes. Penguins goaltender Joe Sharib '19 (Natick, MA) shut the door on NMH making 31 saves along the way and securing the hard fought 4-3 win.
The Penguins will face Lawrence Academy at 7:50pm this evening (Friday) for their second game of group play. They will then round out group play with a 3:30pm game on Saturday, Dec. 29th against Governor's Academy.
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