Cushing Academy – 4
Williston Northampton School – 3
Cushing Outlasts Williston
In a game featuring multiple power play goals, lead changes, and whacky plays, the Cushing Varsity Boys’ Hockey Penguins held on to the slimmest of margins for a hard-fought victory when they hosted the Wildcats from Williston Northampton School.
The Penguins dominated puck possession in the first period and controlled the majority of the play with some quality offensive zone time. However, it was Williston who got on the scoresheet first when the CA back checkers failed to eliminate the options on a harmless looking rush and allowed a shot and a rebound goal. Williston led 1-0 after the first period.
The Penguins stormed back with two goals early in the second period. First was Pat Borella '19 (Hudson, MA) finishing on a nice power play passing sequence initiated by Bryce Montgomery '21 (Bowie, MD). Montgomery played it from his offensive point position down into the corner to Connor Wood '20 (St. Albans, VT). Wood quickly centered it to Borella, who found the back of the net to tie the game at one. Jake Hewitt '21 (Ashburnham, MA) put the Penguins ahead a minute later when he was rewarded for battling in front. Max Dorrington '20 (North Reading, MA) and brother Jackson Dorrington '22 helped keep the play alive and earned assists on the goal. Williston answered six minutes later with a power play goal that tied the game at two. But just four minutes later, Hewitt would notch his second of the game when he tipped in a M. Dorrington shot off a Max Bogdanovich '19 (Scarborough, ME) clean face-off win. With the Penguins leading 3-2, the craziest goal of the night happened very late in the 2nd period. With only three plus seconds remaining, the Penguins on a penalty kill, and the face-off to the left of goalie Joe Sharib '19 (Natick, MA, the Wildcats pulled their goalie in favor of an extra attacker and the gamble paid off when the puck pin-balled off several players and eluded goalie Sharib. Sharib made 21 saves on the night. The teams headed to the locker rooms and the zamboni doors opened, but officials called for players to return and the zamboni to stay off the ice so a face-off at center could take place with less than half of a second still on the clock. Eventually the teams headed off for the second intermission all knotted up at three.
The Penguins held true to their game plan and continued to mount offensive attacks by getting the puck deep. The constant pressure resulted in a Penguins power play and it was Lukas Gustafsson '21 (Cumming, GA), scoring his first prep school goal, that provided the go-ahead marker on a quick release point shot that found the net through some traffic. He was assisted by Bogdanovich and Brad Zona '19 (Auburn, MA). The Penguins withstood a final push by the Wildcats while playing shorthanded for the last minute of the game.
With the win, the Penguins improve to 3-1 on the season, and they look forward to another home game at Iorio Arena on Saturday, Dec. 8th when they will play against The Hill School (PA) at 3:00pm.
Season Record: 3-1-0