Taking to the road on Saturday afternoon were the Cushing Varsity B Boys’ Hockey Penguins as they headed north to the Cardigan Mountain School to take on the Cougars. It was a thrilling game between the teams and Cushing would leave victorious with their second straight win.
The Penguins were experiencing bus legs in the first period as their breakouts were sloppy and the zone entries were not crisp. It would be a scoreless first period as both teams played end-to-end in hopes of outdoing the other, but a goal was not to be had.
During the first intermission, the Penguins regrouped in the locker room and came out ready to play better hockey in the second period. Cushing would break the scoreless tie when captain Josh Levesque ‘20 carried the puck into the Cardigan zone and ripped a shot on net, which was subsequently saved by the Cougar goalie, although he didn’t cover up the puck and left a rebound out on the ice. Levesque hustled after the shot to clean up his own rebound and bury it into the Cardigan net for the 1-0 lead. The remainder of the second was filled with penalties for both teams and the Cougars capitalized on one of their power plays to tie it 1-1. The momentum shift to the home bench was short lived as Andrew Wolfe ‘23 collected a loose puck and stuffed it 5-hole on the Cougar goalie to put Cushing up 2-1 heading into the second intermission.
Cardigan came out of the locker room for the final stanza primed and ready to fight to get the score tied, which they did about five minutes into the period. Showing resilience, the Penguins battled back and put themselves back up 3-2 on captain Trevor Hada’s ‘20 laser slapshot past the Cardigan goalie. The Penguins hung onto the lead with the coordinated play of defensive pairs Hada / Levesque and Aidan Gorman ‘22 / Parker Davis ‘23 with star goalie Ben Speyer ‘20 making 32 saves behind the defensive pairs.
With their second win in a row on a total team effort, the Penguins will take this emotional lift into their end-of-season tournament, the Rust Cup Tournament. The semi-finals will be on Friday, February 28th at 6:00pm and 8:00pm. The Penguins will take on St. Sebastian’s in the early game and Avon Old Farms will battle Winchendon School in the late game. The finals are scheduled for Saturday at 2:00pm with the third place game being played at 12:00pm.
39 School Street Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430 978-827-7000 email@example.com
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.