Northwood hockey wins 21st in a row
LAKE PLACID — The veteran Northwood School junior hockey team is flying high.
On Sunday, the Huskies notched their 21st straight win, and second shutout of the weekend in a rare appearance on home ice at the Olympic Center.
In a game played at the 1932 Rink, Northwood got goals from five different players in a 5-0 shutout over the Springfield Pics. The Huskies also blanked the same opponent 3-0 on Saturday in Lake Placid.
With the win, Northwood improved to 27-3-3.
Northwood scored single goals in the first and second periods and then pulled away by scoring three times in the third, which included a goal by Will Arquiett just 17 seconds into the period that lifted the hosts to a 3-0 edge. Tommy Bannister found the back of the net in the first, Cole Leal tallied in the second and Daniel Colabufo and Jerkko Ramo added third-period goals.
Huskies head coach Chadd Cassidy said it was a good weekend for the team, and he especially liked what he saw on Sunday.
“I thought we were solid both days. We played really well defensively; didn’t give up a goal,” Cassidy said following Sunday’s triumph. “I thought we played with a little more urgency today. Yesterday, I think we kind of slept-walked through the game a little bit. We were a lot better from start to finish today.”
Northwood outshot Springfield 49-20. Nick Kazmouz, a senior from Nashua, New Hampshire, stopped all 20 shots he faced to earn the shutout win in nets.
With 14 seniors and eight juniors on the roster, the Huskies are loaded with expereince, and that, along with plenty of speed, have been positive factors this season. Northwood is currently the nation’s second-ranked prep school team behind Shattuck St. Mary’s, an opponent that the Huskies will face twice later in the season.
“It’s always nice when you’re not hanging up a lot of ‘Ls.’ This has been a good group,” Cassidy said. “We have a lot of returning players; a lot of older kids, and they’ve worked hard to get in position. Right now, we’re ranked No. 2 in the country, so hopefully we can keep playing well.
“We have a lot of speed. Most teams that we play have a hard time skating with us,” Cassidy continued. “Obviously we have a good skill level, but I just think we play at a really good pace and when we’re moving our feet, attacking, we’re tough to defend. They all want to score, which is good.”
The next time Northwood’s juniors will be back at home will be Saturday, Jan. 19 when they take on the Nichols School in the annual Northwood Invitational tournament. This weekend, the Huskies travel to Needham, Massachusetts to compete in the annual St. Sebastian’s School holiday tournament.