What a game! The Cushing Varsity Girls’ Hockey Penguins enjoyed their first road trip of the 2020 calendar year with a complete victory over rival New Hampton School Huskies.
In typical New Hampton fashion, they showed strength and controlled much of the action in the first few minutes of play. The Penguins coaching staff made some quick adjustments and line changes on the fly to allow Cushing to take control in the offensive ⅔ of the ice and create some great scoring opportunities. Cushing flipping the tables on New Hampton frustrated the Huskies, but despite this frustration they still managed to pop a goal past Cushing’s goalie Sarah Potter ‘20 about halfway through the first period. The first period ended with the hometeam Huskies up 1-0 over the visiting Penguins and the shots fairly even between the two squads.
The Penguins were on fire when they came out of the locker room for the second period. They were flying at the puck drop and, with continued adjustments in the offensive zone, the shots were coming from all over the ice and some timely turnovers by the Huskies allowed for a momentum shift into the Penguins favor. While New Hampton scored again halfway through the second period, the Cushing squad never gave up and were not fazed by the numbers on the scoreboard as they continued to press on. Pressuring off a forecheck less than a minute after the Husky goal, center Mia Langlois ‘22 took a solid low zone powerplay shot while playing even numbers and secured a goal from Lily Brazis ‘22 and Kailey Smith ‘22 and just like that, it was 2-1. A few minutes later, and yet again on even strength in zone attack, Langlois took a sweet pass from wing Michaela Littlewood ‘23 and deposited it into the back of the Husky net. The teams headed into their respective locker rooms for the second intermission tied at 2-2.
The third period was a purple haze with the Penguins firing on all cylinders. Taking advantage of opportunities with control in all zones, winger Shea Verrier ‘21 controlled the speed and tempo to take a killer shot from the top of the circle that whizzed passed the Husky goalie into the back of the net to give the Penguins a 3-2 advantage on the scoreboard. The puck bounces were in Cushing’s favor during the third period and defenseman Smith scored a powerplay goal on a bumper play to double the Penguin lead at 4-2. To round out the Penguin scoring on the afternoon, Brazis slammed one home off a strong rush into the Husky zone with the assists doing to defenseman Riley Jones ‘23 and Verrier. Cushing’s three unanswered third period goals were just what the Penguin squad needed to secure the solid win with an excellent team effort over a powerhouse New Hampton squad. Cushing held the edge in shots for the game with 42 on net compared to New Hampton’s 35.
Next up for the Penguins is a date with the Brewster Academy Wildcats on Wednesday, January 15th. Cushing remains on the road for the game against Brewster and it is scheduled for a 3:00pm start time.
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