The Cushing Varsity Girls’ Hockey team looked to build on the momentum from their defeat of the New Hampton School Huskies as they hit the road again, this time to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire to take on the Bobcats of Brewster Academy.
Cushing started off in complete control of the game, however they could not put one by the Brewster goalie until past the halfway mark of the first period. The Penguin shots became purposeful and some chaos in the Brewster crease allowed for a transition play and a weak side score by winger Sammy Taber ‘23 on an assist from Caroline Lilley ‘23. The team headed into the locker room against a gutsy Brewster team leading 1-0, a great way to head into the intermission especially seeing the 19-2 shots advantage the Penguins held.
Shooting to score was the goal for the Penguins as they took to the ice for the second period. Cushing peppered the Brewster net with 23 shots in the second leading to four unanswered goals on various beautiful attack plays by the Penguins. Goals came off the sticks of Lilley, Taber, Mia Langlois ‘22, and Kailey Smith ‘22. Taber had the assist on the Lilley goal, Lilley grabbed the assist on the Taber goal, and Langlois had the helper on the Smith power play goal. The Penguins ran the score to 5-0 and headed into the second intermission with a comfortable lead.
The third period was more of the same for the Penguins as they outshot the Bobcats 14-1 and continued to control the game pace. Brewster never gave up and continued to work hard despite the Cushing offensive onslaught. Shea Verrier ‘21 netted one with the assists going to Taber and Lily Brazis ‘22. Sage Desai ‘21 grabbed herself an unassisted goal to bring the score to 7-0 in favor of the Penguins. Taber picked up her first hat trick in a Cushing uniform and the Penguins remained in control of the game. Scoring her first of the season was Ava Alioto ‘21 on an unassisted goal coming from an amazing forecheck and picking up a Bobcat turnover from a Desai rush.
Solid play by Zoe Wilcox ‘20, Alioto, and Jenna Viglione ‘20 allowed for some transitions in the offensive zone which led to additional scoring opportunities. Defenseman Avery Canney ‘20 had four shots to continue the Penguin pressure on the Bobcat net. The Penguins had a 56-9 advantage in shots for the game and kudos to the Brewster goalie for turning away the vast majority of them. Between the pipes for Cushing was Elle Sullivan ‘22 earning her first start, career win, and shutout in purple on the same night!
Next up for the Penguins are the Winged Lions of St. Mark’s School on Saturday, January 18th at 2:30pm on the home ice of the Winged Lions.
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