St. Sebastian’s School - 2
Cushing Academy - 1
The Cushing Varsity B Boys’ Hockey team opened the annual Rust Cup Tournament on Friday evening in front of a packed house at Iorio Arena. In a spirited affair on Senior Night, the Penguins took on the Arrows of St. Sebastian’s School as the Penguins were looking to make their way to tomorrow’s championship game.
Prior to the game, the Penguins honored the 2019-2020 senior players in a short on-ice ceremony. Joined by family and friends, the seniors were thanked for their contributions to the team and hockey program over their careers in Cushing purple. Those seniors included Trevor Hada, Brendan Dougherty, John Lessard, Ryan Ebensberger, Josh Levesque, Ben Speyer, and Caleb Volgel.
Once the ceremony was over it was time for the families to retreat to the stands and for the Penguins to get to work on the ice. The teams traded chances in the first period, but neither offensive unit could solve the opposing goaltending and it remained deadlocked at 0-0 when the teams headed to the locker rooms for the first intermission.
In the second period, the Penguins dominated territorially, but the Arrows took advantage of two untimely Cushing turnovers and capitalized on both. With the home team down 2-0 they headed into the locker room for the second intermission knowing they needed to refocus on the task at hand.
The Penguins refocused and came out flying in the third period. It only took thirty seconds on the fresh sheet of ice for Cushing to break the goose egg on the scoreboard as Caleb Vogel ‘20 scored on a tip. Despite continued pressure and multiple chances, the Cushing squad could not solve the St. Sebastian’s defensive pressure as the Arrows held stout. A late barrage by the Penguins had the Arrows back on their heels, but the equalizer never found its way into the net and Cushing on the unfortunate end of a 2-1 game.
Once again standing tall between the pipes for the Penguins was Ben Speyer ‘20. Speyer fended off rushes, shots, traffic, and pressure throughout the game as he kept his team in the game and fighting for the equalizer. On the night he made 22 saves on 24 shots and the team is proud of their goalie’s performance. Cushing outshot St. Sebastian’s 45-24, but St. Sebastian’s had the lead where it counted, the scoreboard.
Due to a lack of skaters for tomorrow on the part of St. Sebastian’s, the Cushing team will advance to the championship game of the Rust Cup at 2:00pm. Cushing will take on a strong and talented Avon Old Farms School team and there will not be a consolation game for this year’s tournament.
Season Record to Date: 5-10-1