Shootout Loss Only Blemish at St. Sebastian’s

As most Northwood students were on their way home for the holiday break, the Huskies were on their way to Boston to compete in the St. Sebastian’s tournament. They looked to build on their success in Rochester the week before and continue their winning ways.


The Junior Team celebrates a big goal. (Photo provided)

In the first game of the tournament, the Huskies were set to face Winchendon School, a New England prep school. The Huskies got on the board first, with a snipe from Santeri Hartikainen (Forward, 2018). Sean Bunting (Forward, 2019) followed with a nice one timer from the slot to make it 2-0 Huskies, but they would have to battle back. Winchendon scored 4 unanswered tallies and forced the boys to come from behind. With two big goals from Elijah Devereaux (Forward, 2020) and Patrick Callahan (Forward, 2018), the group tied it before end of regulation. Neither team scored in OT, so the game would be decided in a shootout. The Huskies couldn’t find the back of the net, and Winchendon won the game 5-4 in the shootout.

The next day the Huskies saw Albany Academy. Still stinging from the night before, the Huskies looked to dominate. Northwood got on the board quick with goals from Devereaux, Cameron Plourde (Forward, 19), Bunting and Stephen Panico (Forward, 2019), going up 4-1 early in the second half. Albany Academy wouldn’t stop fighting and would make a come back. The Huskies would prevail, with goals scored by Sam DiBitetto (Forward, 2018), Callahan and the game winner, with seconds left, by Bunting. Reflecting on the game, Bunting said, “we won, which is always nice. We have a lot to work on though; our details need to be cleaned up.”

With their third and final game of the weekend on Sunday, the boys faced a tough opponent in Brunswick School. The Huskies played their best hockey of the weekend. In the 5-3 win, Shane Mcgrath (Defense, 2018) and DiBitetto both netted one, while Tommy Bannister (Forward, 2020) netted a hat trick. Both goalies, Jacob Mucitelli ‘19 and Rico DiMatteo ‘20 played well in net. Following the game, Bannister reflected on the win. “It was good for us to head into break with a win,” said Bannister. “We played well, and we look forward to the second half of the year.”

After the break, the boys will see Gunnery twice, at Union and at RPI. They look to start the new year on a good note and build off their success from the first half of the season.


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