The Cushing Varsity B Boys’ Hockey team saved their best for last as they played one of the best games of the 2019-2020 season in the Rust Cup championship game on Saturday afternoon. The Penguins took on the Winged Beavers of Avon Old Farms School in a spirited and well played game by both teams.
As evidenced by their play in the semi-final game on Friday vs. Winchendon School, the AOF team is a powerhouse of talented hockey players with great depth on the bench, including their goaltending. The Winged Beavers struck first early in the game when they capitalized on a Cushing turnover as Penguins’ goalie Ben Speyer ‘20 headed behind the net to play the puck. The puck would take an unfortunate course and land on the stick of an AOF player and he would capitalize for the 1-0 lead. This would be the only goal of the game for both teams until the last 20 seconds in the final stanza when AOF sealed their victory with an insurance goal.
Standing tall in net for the Penguins as he has all season was Speyer. In his final game wearing the Cushing purple, Speyer made 47 saves on 49 shots to keep his team in the hunt with some outstanding acrobatic saves. The purple sea in front of Speyer played extremely hard to fend off the larger and more disciplined AOF team by blocking shots to the net and implementing a 1-2-2- forecheck to negate the advantage of the Winged Beavers.
The Penguins had numerous scoring chances throughout the game, but a dinged pipe here, a pad save there, a shot wide here, and a puck underneath the stick blade there doomed them from getting one in the net. Logging nearly 25 minutes of ice time during the game were defenseman Josh Levesque ‘20 and Trevor Hada ‘20. Both left everything they had out on the ice as they played their last game for the Cushing Penguins. The grit and tenacity of the team, especially the senior players, will be greatly missed and is truly appreciated by those around them. It was an emotional effort from all and the coaching staff thanks those seniors - Hada, Speyer, Levesque, Brendan Dougherty, Ryan Ebensberger, John Lessard, and Caleb Vogel - for their service and dedication to the team.
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