VBBIH vs. New England Crows: CA-2; NEC-5

New England Crows - 5
Cushing Academy - 2

The Cushing Varsity B Boys’ Hockey team played their second game in two games when they welcomed the New England Crows to Iorio Arena on Sunday afternoon.  The Penguins were missing several key players due to injuries, but it was next man-up scenario and the team turned in a great effort despite coming up short against the young and skilled Crows.

Making his first career Cushing Varsity B Hockey start between the pipes was Hiro Yano ‘23, who was excellent with a 37-save effort on the afternoon.  Yano showed poise and promise in his first time on the B stage. The defensive core of Shane McElhaney ‘22, Aidan Gorman ‘22, Josh Levesque ‘20, and Michael Fluty ‘23 logged a lot of minutes in a strong effort.  

The Penguins fell behind 1-0 in the first period and the Crows pushed their lead to 2-0 after two periods, but the Penguins never stopped playing.  Even after falling behind 3-0 early in the third period, the Penguins battled back and pushed against the Crows to chase their first goal of the game.  Breaking onto the scoreboard for the Penguins was Max Wasserstein ‘21 with his first career Cushing goal on assists by Ryan Kralovec ‘22 and Levesque. Utilizing a trick play on the penalty kill, the Penguins sprung Caleb Vogel ‘20 for a breakaway and he was awarded a penalty shot after being taken down by a Crow.  In a pivotal moment of the game, the Crows goaltender made a great save on the penalty shot to keep the score at 3-1 with just three minutes left in the game. The Crows added another to the board to push their lead to 4-1 on the power play. Vogel got another chance at the net on a juicy rebound left out by the Crows’ goalie and he buried it to bring the Penguins just a bit closer at 4-2.  This would be as close as the Penguins would get as the Crows added another in the final seconds to get the 5-2 win on Cushing’s home ice.

Heading back out on the road this Wednesday, January 29th, the Penguins will head west on Route 2 until they hit Deerfield Academy.  It will be a battle between the teams and the puck will drop at 2:45pm.

Season Record to Date: 3-7-0

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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.