VBBIH vs. Winchendon School: CA-3; WS-3 *OVERTIME*
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After having their weekend games canceled due to conflicts with the teams the Penguins were scheduled to play, the Cushing Varsity B Boys’ Hockey team got back into action on Wednesday afternoon with a rivalry game against the Winchendon School Wapiti. This game would have the Penguins heading west on Route 12 to Winchendon’s barn for an afternoon tilt where the teams skated to a 3-3 tie.
Returning between the pipes for game action was Ben Speyer ‘20, who was exceptional and stood on his head making 45 saves. The Penguins got off to a slow start as they continue to have a short bench due to missing multiple key players so Speyer’s experience in net was a necessity for the Cushing squad to remain in the game. Despite the slow start, Cushing broke the scoreless tie midway through the first period when David Salcido ‘22 fed Bobby Nabozny ‘23 a beautiful backdoor pass and Nabozny buried it for the 1-0 lead. As the final seconds of the period ticked away, the Wapiti evened up the score 1-1 to take the momentum into the locker room with them.
The Wapiti carried this momentum into the second period as they took a 2-1 lead on their home ice and the score would remain this way as they hit the second intermission. The third period saw the Penguins battling back behind the play of defenseman Josh Levesque ‘20 as he knotted the score with a beautiful shorthanded spinorama goal. And then for the second time in the game the Penguins took the lead, this time on a beautiful shot from the point off the stick of Parker Davis ‘23. Playing the remainder of the period in survival and hang-on mode the Penguins almost made it, but the Wapiti snuck one home with just 29 seconds remaining to tie the game 3-3 and force an overtime period.
Each team had their chances in OT, but neither could break through for the golden goal. The Penguins spent all game showing grit and hard work when faced with adversity. The defensive core of Aidan Gorman ‘22, Levesque, and Davis backboned by Speyer in net was exceptional for the Penguins.
The team will look towards the long weekend to recoup and regroup before getting back on the ice for game action on Friday, February 14th. The Penguins will hit the road again as they head west to Northfield, Massachusetts to take on the Hoggers of Northfield Mount Hermon School at 5:15pm. It is the final stretch towards the Rust Cup and the team hopes to get back some key players and find their groove along the way.
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