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No titles, but solid showing for Northwood School

Bloomingdale’s Zach Ellsworth fires a pass along the opposition blue line while Christian Coffey of Upper Canada College defends during a game Saturday afternoon at the Olympic Center’s 1980 Herb Brooks Arena. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

LAKE PLACID — Three teams from the Northwood School combined to post an 8-4-2 record over the weekend as the host of their own hockey tournament at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.

The event was the 41st annual Northwood Invitational Hockey Tournament, which this year featured 29 teams competing in four divisions. The tourney took place Saturday, Sunday and Monday with games played on all three rinks at the Olympic Center.

Northwood’s Huskies were represented by the boys junior and prep squads and the school’s girls teams.

The prep team advanced the farthest among Northwood’s three teams as it reached Monday’s championship game. The Huskies however, ran into an opponent that was on fire, with the 18U Little Flyers winning 6-2 in the title matchup. The Little Flyers posted a 6-0 record on their way to claiming the prep division crown.

Northwood’s prep squad finished with a 3-2-1 mark. The Huskies opened play with a win and a tie on Saturday, blanking St. John’s 6-0 and finishing in a 4-4 deadlock with KES. Northwood lost to the South Shore Kings 6-0 Sunday morning and rebounded later in the day with a 7-1 victory over Bridgton. The Huskies then beat KES 3-1 in semifinal action Monday morning to reach the final.

Ryan Panico of the Northwood School boys prep team and St. John’s goalie Trevor Ziffer both close in on a loose puck Saturday during the 41st Northwood Invitational Hockey Tournament at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Northwood’s girls went 3-1-1 during their tournament run, which ended in a 3-1 lost to OHA in Monday’s semifinal round. The Huskies girls kicked off their weekend with two shutout victories Saturday, blanking NAHA Red 6-0 and following with a 2-0 triumph over Selects U16.

The girls team then made it three straight wins with a 2-1 victory over NAHA White Sunday morning and tied their fourth game in a 3-3 draw with OHA Sunday evening. Unfortunately, the tournament hosts were then eliminated by the same opponent in Sunday’s semifinal.

OHA went on to win the girls division with a 5-3 victory over NAHA White in Monday’s title tilt.

Northwood’s juniors finished the tournament with a 2-1 record competing in the showcase division. The Huskies edged Upper Canada College 2-1 in their first game Saturday, suffered a 5-3 setback to eventual champion Saint Andrews College on Sunday, and then took down St. Laurent 5-1 on Monday.

Saint Andrews defeated Nichols 5-4 in Monday’s final to take top honors in the showcase division.

All three Northwood teams return to action this weekend.

The Huskies girls, who own a 36-12-4 record, are slated to play three games in as many day at Colgate University starting Friday.

Northwood’s junior boys are 24-15-3 and will play Saturday and Sunday in home matchups against the Springfield Pics. The first game is Friday at the Olympic Center starting at 8:15 with the next contest taking place Saturday at the Saranac Lake Civic Center starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Huskies prep team will also be at home for its next two games, which are against the NY Aviators on Saturday and Sunday at the Olympic Center. Saturday’s contest starts at 5 p.m. with Sunday’s game slated to begin a 1 p.m.

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