On the Friday afternoon leading into Winter Free Weekend for the Penguins, the team welcomed the Wildcats of Vermont Academy into the confines of Iorio Arena. They came out with a 4-2 win over a hardworking Vermont team and rode into the weekend on the tails of a win.
The Penguins dominated territorially by outshooting the Wildcats nearly 3:1, but the Wildcats took an early lead on a fluke goal. Vermont threw the puck to the front of the Cushing net and got a lucky bounce past goaltender Joe Sharib ’19 for the early 1-0 lead. After several amazing saves, including a couple pointblank saves, from the Vermont netminder, Jacob Banks ’20 put one into the back of the net to knot the score up at 1. Assists on the Banks’ goal were credited to Nick Cafarelli ’20 and Charlie McFadden ’20.
A refocused Cushing team came out of the locker room strong in the second period scoring on their first two shots of the period. Defenseman Tim Kippenberger ’20 let fly a one-timer from the high slot to smoke one into the back of the net for his first career goal as a Cushing Penguin. Assists on the Kippenberger goal were earned by Banks and N. Cafarelli and it put Cushing up 2-1. The Penguins further pushed up the score when a beautiful lob pass from Lukas Gustafsson ’21 was caught on the stick of N. Cafarelli and beat the confused Vermont goalie to put the Penguins up 3-1. Undaunted, Vermont kept coming hard and scored on a 2-on-1 soon after to make it 3-2 game. Despite numerous scoring chances for Cushing to finish out the period, the score remained 3-2 in the Penguins’ favor heading into the second intermission.
In the third period, it was Cushing who continued to press and push for the insurance goal, but Vermont continued to hold steady and hung around. It wasn’t until near the end of the third period when a Cody Sealey ’21 goal from the point gave the Penguins the insurance goal they were seeking. Assists on the Sealey goal went to N. Cafarelli, for his third assist on the night, and to Jake Hewitt ’20. The Penguins then shifted to a defense-first mentality and held on for the 4-2 win. Penguin goalie Sharib finished with 17 solid saves for the win as the Penguins outshot Vermont 54-19.
The win improved Cushing to 12-7-3 and the Penguins know they have work to put in over the long weekend in preparation for a tough St. Paul’s team Wednesday, Feb. 6th. This game will continue Cushing’s home stand in Iorio Arena and the puck is scheduled to drop at 4:00pm.
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