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VBBIH vs. Phillips Exeter Academy: CA 6; PEA 3

Cushing Academy – 6
Phillips Exeter Academy – 3
The Cushing Varsity “B” Boys’ Hockey Penguins hopped on the bus to head north to Phillips Exeter Academy for a rematch of an earlier season meeting. The Penguins were looking for revenge on this Wednesday afternoon as they had previously lost to Exeter despite Penguin territorial domination.
The Penguins came out flying despite being down a few players due to injury and varsity call-ups. They built a 4-0 lead over the home team in the first period and would remain in control for the remainder of the game. The scoring was opened with a Brendan Dougherty ‘20 drive down the wing on a 2-on-1 where he beat the Big Red goalie low blocker side. Assist on the goal went to captain Josh Beese ’19. Not long after the Dougherty goal, the white line of Nick White ’19, Garrett Young ’19, and Luke Kowalka ’20 got a strong cycle going down low in the Exeter zone where Young beat the keeper 5-hole out of the corner to push the Cushing lead to 2-0. The first period ended with a couple more Penguin goals from Seamus Cummings ’22 to allow the Penguins a comfortable 4-0 lead. Cummings had a beautiful breakaway goal and finished off an Exeter turnover.
The second period started with the Penguins seeing themselves into the penalty box and the Big Red capitalizing on the man-up to bring the score to 4-1. The team was undaunted by the penalty and ensuing goal as White collected a rebound in front of the net and put it behind the Exeter netminder for an unassisted goal. Cushing pushed their goal cushion back to four and now led 5-1. The game would continue in favor of the Penguins, although they did see their share of penalty minutes resulting in two more powerplay goals for the Big Red. With the score now 5-3, the Penguins were looking for the insurance goal to secure the game and it came from defenseman Brian Lemay ’21. Lemay’s goal brought the score to 6-3 and it would end in favor of the Penguins.
Penguins’ goalie Ben Speyer ’20 continued his strong run between the pipes by making a solid 21 saves in picking up the win. The coaching staff was pleased with the overall effort and performance the team put in and are looking forward to finishing the week strong.
Next up for the team will be back-to-back games this weekend. It will start with a Friday afternoon tilt against Route 12 rival Winchendon School. Puck is set to drop at 3:30pm in the friendly confines of Iorio Arena. The team will have a quick turnaround and return to the ice on Saturday when they welcome Cardigan Mountain School to Iorio Arena at 4:30pm.
Season Record: 9-5-2

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.