Girls Hockey Takes Three Points in League Play vs. Nichols


Sierra Benjamin ’18 with a shot from the point at the Olympic Center.

(January 6-8, 2017) The girls hockey team traveled to Syracuse this past weekend for a double-header league weekend against prep rival Nichols School, the number two team in the MacLeod division of the North American Prep Hockey Association (NAPHA). Northwood Girls hockey had not beaten Nichols for four years, and the rivalry is intense.

In the first game, the team came out slow with Nichols scoring the first goal. Hanna Rose ‘18 tied it up with a powerplay goal, and the team ended the first period tied 1-1. The Huskies started the second period by successfully killing off a five on three, and spent much of the rest of the second period shorthanded. Nichols broke the tie with one minute left in the second to finish the period with the Huskies down 2-1.

After regrouping in the locker room, the Huskies came out strong in the third. Sierra Benjamin ‘18 tied it up with another powerplay goal. The score stayed 2-2 through most of the third, until Keeley Rose ‘18 scored in the last minute of play winning it for the huskies 3-2. For the first time in four years the Northwood squad had beaten Nichols!

The second game started differently and the Huskies came out very strong, having a few good chances early on, but Nichols capitalized first with a quick shot off a faceoff to make it 1-0. Quickly after that Miranda Bookman ‘20  scored off a beautiful feed from Nikki Kendrick ‘18 to tie it up. The first period ended tied 1-1. Early in the second period the Huskies scored a goal that would’ve made the game 2-1, but it was disallowed because of a high stick infraction. Nichols then scored from the point to go up 2-1 going into the second, even though the Huskies outshot Nichols by a wide margin. The game stayed 2-1 through most of the third, until the last minute when Moe Tsukimoto ‘18 tipped in a Sierra Benjamin ‘18 shot to knot the score at 2. The Huskies dominated the game, outshooting Nichols 50-10, which illustrates a hockey truism: the scoreboard doesn’t always represent the game.


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