The Cushing Varsity B Boys’ Hockey team took to the road on Wednesday afternoon and headed to the Belmont Hill School to take on the Sextants. It was a disappointing road loss for the Penguins as they watched a lead disappear late in the game and couldn’t capitalize in overtime, but it was a learning experience for the team to build off of.
The Penguins found themselves down 1-0 early in the first period off a turnover leading to a Sextants’ goal. Not losing their stride, Cushing pushed ahead and found a little hockey luck when Brian Lemay ‘21 ripped a shot from far out surprising the Belmont Hill goalie and the puck trickled past the line into the net to tie the score 1-1.
Early in the second period, Cushing took the lead on an outstanding goal by Trevor Hada ‘20 which was assisted by Brendan Dougherty ‘20 and the score was 2-1 in favor of the visiting team Penguins. The white line of Hada, Dougherty, and Seamus Cummings ‘22 put the Penguins ahead 3-1 in second when Cummings broke free down the wing to feed Hada for a goal.
The third period was not as lucky and well played for the Penguins as they worked to maintain the lead through penalty trouble until Belmont Hill broke through late. The Sextants cut the lead to 3-2 with 4 minutes left and pulled their goalie for the extra skater with 1 minute left. The move by the home team for the extra skater paid off and they tied it 3-3 to push the game into overtime.
The Penguins pressed for the game-winner in overtime, especially when awarded a power play, but they could not find the net despite constant pressure. Belmont Hill never let down and drove to the Cushing net with only 30 seconds left to slot one into the Penguins net and take home the 4-3 OT victory. It was a heartbreaking finish for Cushing as they had played well for long stretches on the game and were making the necessary adjustments to be successful, but came up just short in the end.
Another excellent showing from Ben Speyer ‘20 between the pipes for the Penguins as he made 32 saves on the afternoon. Speyer has made an immense amount of saves early in the season and he’s looking sharp as the Penguins continue to forge on.
Next game will be this Saturday, December 14th as the Penguins play the fourth game of four in the 11th Annual Pink the Rink event. It will be the Penguins taking on the Rams of Tilton School at 5:30pm with lots of raffles going on in the foyer with some hockey down on the ice. All proceeds of the event are donated to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and this year’s event will be held in memory of Michelle Benedetti, mother to JVB player Ryan Basile ‘20. Michelle passed away in May after her second battle against cancer and Cushing is rallying to raise money for cancer research and treatment for the future.
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