Huskies Take Two in Border Battle with OHA

The Huskies went 2-0 over the weekend, playing some excellent ice hockey Saturday and Sunday. The prep team hosted Ontario Hockey Academy for their first game in Saranac Lake, then traveled to Massena, for a neutral location matchup.


Junior Alex Ray (22) has a scoring chance in a recent game vs Rice at the Olympic Center.

Going into the first game, the Huskies were looking to continue with their winning ways. The Huskies came to play as soon as the puck dropped against a very physical OHA team.

In game one, the Huskies had a bit of a slow start, but gained the 2-0 advantage with Wyatt Friedlander (2019) in the net. The game winner from Jack Pensa (2018, Forward) was the icebreaker and Zach Ellsworth (2019, Defense) then netted the second goal of the game to make sure the Huskies had the win safely secured.

The Huskies celebrated the victory for a short time period after the game, but quickly had to focus on the rematch the following afternoon.

In game two, the Huskies had a bit of a slower start than game one. Going into the first intermission, OHA and the Huskies were tied 1-1. At that point, Coach Silengo gave his team a stern talking to, and it was just complete dominance for the Huskies for the rest of the game. Northwood came out on top with 4-2 after John Biechler (2019, Forward) scored the empty netter to seal the deal. Wyatt Friedlander (2019) was in net. The rest of the goals came from Alexander Ray (2019, Forward), Cisco DelliQuadri (2020, Forward), and Tristan Allard (2020, Forward). All four players played a crucial role in the success for the Huskies, but it was an all around effort from everyone.

The Huskies came out of the weekend with two big wins because of Wyatt Friedlander’s stellar and consistent performance throughout the weekend.

“Overall, the team played well. We all worked for each other and worked against adversity,” said sophomore Scott Herman, the youngest defenseman on the team. “Once I got my first point, whether it was a goal or assist, I felt like I was getting used to the high level competition,” said Herman. “Since I come from Florida, playing with my age group, then moving to a new state, school, and playing against kids almost 3 years older than me makes me feel accomplished that I already have 2 points. Especially because people and coaches from Florida have told me that I should not be playing u18, and should be playing u15 or u16. By getting my first Northwood points this weekend, I feel like I have proven those people wrong, and that I will adjust to playing U18 AAA hockey.”

The next challenger for the Prep Team is Rice Academy November 4th and 5th, a rematch from Family Weekend. The Huskies are going to try and perform better than they did last time they battled the Knights when they split a weekend with them with a win and a shootout loss.


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