Junior Team Takes Two From Hitmen at Home

After starting the season with only one win in six games, the Junior Team knew that they needed to bring home two big wins against the New Jersey Hitmen.

Junior Team Celebrates a goal in a game against the New Jersey Hitmen at the Olympic Center in September 2019. (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Saturday afternoon the team seemed more than ready as they got off to a great start in the first period of the weekend. Scoring the first goal of the weekend, scored by Carson Hall (Forward, 2022), gave the team come confidence early in the game. The lead didn’t last long as the Hitmen would strike back with a goal of their own. With just three minutes left in the first period, Northwood had an opportunity to expand its lead on the power play. Taking full advantage of that opportunity was Jack Schlifke (Forward, 2020) who tipped a shot from Jacob Guevin (Defenseman, 2021) into the back of the net. As the second period went on, neither of the teams could find the back of the net, keeping Northwood’s one-goal lead into the final stanza. Six minutes into the third, Guevin put the puck off the glass into the middle of the ice, where Will Donato (Forward, 2021) was waiting for a breakaway tally to give the junior team a two-goal lead. A late penalty by the Huskies would give the Hitmen a chance to bring the game back to within one, which they did with a shot from the point that would end up in the back of Northwood’s net. Not letting that faze them, the team fought off the Hitmen and Felix Trudeau (Forward, 2021) put the game out of reach for the Hitmen with an empty-net goal to make the final score 4-2.

The next morning Northwood was ready to repeat what they had done the day before and come out with another victory. Most of the first period was a defensive battle as teams had trouble scoring until Trudeau found the back of the net to give Northwood a lead after one period. The team maintained their solid defensive play throughout the second, allowing Ray Fust (Forward, 2021) to add another goal, this time on the power play, to make the score 2-0.  Heading into the final period the Huskies knew the Hitmen would come out strong to avoid going home empty-handed. The visitors scored a goal six minutes in the period come within one at 2-1. Only a couple minutes later the Hitmen tallied another to even the score. The tie wouldn’t stand for long as Daniel Colabufo (Forward, 2020) would go down the ice and score only 30 seconds later to give Northwood the lead again. Maintaining a good defensive structure for the rest of the game gave Northwood their second win of the weekend, leaving the Huskies 3-5 on the season.

This weekend the Junior Team faces USA Hockey U18 rival Victory Honda on Friday, the NEFPHL U19 Selects on Saturday and Ridley College on Sunday. All games are at home at the Olympic Center. See Northwood School Athletics on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for game times.

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