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VBBIH vs. Hillside School: CA 2; Hillside 2

Cushing Academy – 2
Hillside School – 2
A rare Monday afternoon tilt was a match-up of the Cushing Varsity “B” Boys’ Hockey team and the Hillside School team. Earlier in the season the teams skated to a 1-1 tie at the New England Sports Complex, which is Hillside’s home rink. It promised to be a great game as the young and skilled Hillside team had improved since the earlier meeting and were coming into the game undefeated with a 13-0-4 record.
Undaunted by the task in front of them, the Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Chase Davis ’21 and Trevor Hada ’20. Davis’ goal was from a great feed by defenseman Seamus Cummings ’22 while Hada’s goal was unassisted. Hada scored off hard work and hustle as he stole the puck from a Hillside defender, put a shot on net which the Hillside goalie made the initial save on, and collected his own rebound to slide it past the goalie to put the Penguins up 2-0. The Penguins were unable to penetrate the Hillside defense again after the two goals and the Bulldogs of Hillside picked up some steam. The Bulldogs took advantage of a late in the period Cushing penalty when they put one past the Penguins’ goalie with 30 seconds left in the period to pull the score to 2-1. The second and third periods were tight checking and highly competitive with many great saves by Penguins goalie Ben Speyer ’20 (28 saves). When Cushing took another late period penalty in the third it didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to capitalize for their second power play goal of the game to knot the game at 2. When the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation the score remained knotted at 2 and the teams prepared to head into overtime. The five-minute overtime was fast-paced with both teams trading chances at the net, but neither team able to pull off the golden goal for the win. When the overtime period ended it was another tie game for the Cushing-Hillside series of the 2018-2019 season.
The Penguins will hit the road this Wednesday, Jan. 16th for a 2:30pm game at Middlesex School
Season Record: 4-3-2

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.