(League purposes it’s a tie ---- Watkins Tournament, CA wins in SO)
Cushing Academy Wins in Shootout
In the second game of day one of the Edward G. Watkins Tournament, the Cushing Varsity Boys’ Hockey team took on rival Lawrence Academy in what was set up to be another epic battle. Both teams were coming off wins from earlier in the day and the winner of this game would take control of group play in the Fisher Division.
As both teams tried to find their legs in the early going, Lawrence would strike first on a harmless looking point shot that somehow got through a screen and found the back of the net. It was the only goal of the quiet first period. The Penguins generated a little momentum in the second period and it was a simple, but smart shot by Jake Hewitt '21 (Ashburnham, MA) that lead to a net-crashing Connor Wood '20 (St. Albans, VT) rebound goal. The Spartans would answer just 16 seconds later to take the lead back at 2-1. Despite much improved and more passionate play by the Penguins, they found themselves trailing 2-1 heading into the final period.
Early in the third period, a Penguin defensive miscommunication lead to another Spartan goal, and suddenly the home team was behind by a pair at 4-2. However, with under eight minutes to go Max Dorrington '20 (N. Reading) scored his first Cushing goal to cut into the Lawrence lead. Then with 2:15 left in regulation it was Max Bogdanovich '19 (Scarborough, ME) with his first as a Penguin. Knotted up at three, the game headed into a five-minute sudden-death overtime period, but nothing was settled. For league purposes the game is recorded as a tie, but for Watkins Tournament purposes a winner was necessary so the game headed into a 5-man shootout. Goaltender Joe Sharib '20 (Natick, MA), who was solid all night, saved his best for last making 3 of 4 stops in the shootout. For the Penguins, it was Wood scoring top right and Hewitt deking low stick side to stay ahead. The Wood and Hewitt shootout goals set the stage for Brendan O'Donnell '20 (Hull, MA) to pull out the victory and O’Donnell didn’t disappoint when he sniped a shot into the back of the net.
The victory puts the Penguins at 2-0 in group play. Their final divisional game will take place on Saturday at 3:30pm against Governor's Academy. The championship game is set for Sunday at 3:30pm.
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