The Cushing Varsity “B” Boys’ Hockey Penguins made the trek to the northwest corner of Connecticut for a Saturday afternoon tilt against Salisbury School. The Penguins came out on the unfortunate end of a 5-3 score in a hard-fought game.
The long bus ride was evident in the Penguin legs during the first period when they took too many penalties and lost one of their top players to a game-ending injury. As a result of the bus legs, penalties, and injury, the Penguins found themselves down to the home team as they headed into the first intermission.
Coming out of the first intermission the Penguins took a few moments to get their drive and, as a result, quickly found themselves down another goal as Salisbury took a 4-0 lead early in the second. With still a lot of time to play, the team regrouped and began to battle back with unselfish play. Defenseman Aidan Gorman ’22 got the Penguins on the board with a greasy rebound goal to spark the Cushing team. The Penguins used the Gorman goal as their beginning to an onslaught of scoring chances, but despite throwing all they had at Salisbury’s net, the Penguins still found themselves down 4-1 after two periods.
Knowing the mountain which lay ahead of them heading into the third period, the Penguins battled hard to cut the Knights’ lead. With the Cushing goalie pulled, forward Josh Beese ’19 scored a big goal to bring the score to 4-2. After having success with the goalie pulled and needing to get two more quick goals, Cushing pulled the goalie again and they again found success with a goal from defenseman Adam Canfield ’19. The assist on Canfield’s goal went to defenseman Shane McElhaney ’22 and the score was suddenly 4-3 with not much time left in the game. Despite the excitement, this would be as close as the Penguins would get and the Knights added an empty net goal for the 5-3 final.
The team will welcome Kimball Union Academy Wildcats to Iorio Arena this Wednesday, Jan. 30th for a 2:30pm tilt.
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