Girls’ Hockey Splits 1-1 With Hill School at Home

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Senior Sierra Benjamin rushed the puck.

The Girls’ Hockey team hosted Hill School twice on their home sheet. Moe Tsukimoto’s (Forward, 2018) hat trick stole the first win but the Huskies struggled to string together a second game, ultimately splitting the weekend 1-1.

The first game took place Saturday night. The girls faced off against Hill School for the first time this season, in exciting comeback fashion. Hill started the game with a fast pace that took the Huskies by surprise. They controlled the puck in the Huskies’ defensive zone for the majority of the period, eventually capitalizing on the rush taking the lead 0-1. Just a few minutes later Hill struck again off a screen and tip in front of the net, extending their lead to 2-0. After a flat start, Tsukimoto was able to cut Hill’s lead in half and close the period out 1-2. Coming back on the ice for the second period the Huskies were able to even out the pace of the game. Tsukimoto collected her second of the game off of her own rebound to tie the game 2-2. The third period remained scoreless as both goaltenders held strong. As overtime began Hill took back control of the play yet the Huskies prevailed. Off a rebound from Ashley Davis (Goalie, 2017 PG) Tsukimoto collected the puck and scored blocker side on a breakaway to win the game 3-2. Davis posted the win in net.

Less than 12 hours later the puck dropped again. This time the Huskies were stronger from the start but small defensive breakdowns proved to be too much to overcome. After controlling the puck in the Huskies’ defensive zone for a few minutes Hill was able to strike first and take the lead yet again, 0-1. They held their lead into the second period until Aimee Headland (Forward, 2019) scored backdoor tying the game at 1. Just a few minutes later a defensive breakdown led to a breakaway and Hill was able to regain their lead, pushing the score to 1-2. The third period started with Hill scoring a weak goal that extended their to 1-3. The remainder of the period played out until the final minutes when Madison Novotny (Defense, 2021) scored her first Northwood goal from the point. In the final minute of play the Huskies pulled the goalie for the extra skater but the effort wasn’t enough. Hill scored an empty net goal to finish the game 2-4. Davis posted the loss in net.

With this weekend’s results, the Huskies move to 27-13-6 on the season. Next weekend, the Huskies have two games against New Jersey prep Hill School.

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