Junior Team Sweeps Prep Foes in Quebec


Jared Lambright ’20 in recent action at the Olympic Center (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

This past weekend Northwood’s Junior Hockey Team travelled north to Quebec, Canada to face Bishop’s College School and Stanstead College. The team faced Stanstead earlier in the season and knew that they would provide a tough opposition for Sunday’s game.

The opposition for Saturday, Bishop’s College School, had played some good hockey in recent weeks having beaten Stanstead the week before, so they were certainly not to be taken lightly. The game remained locked at 0-0 until the opening goal from Northwood when Tommy Bannister (Forward, 2020) fired a one-timer into the back of the net. The score stayed 1-0 Northwood through the second period with both teams applying pressure but the goalies proved to be solid. Northwood came out for the third period with the intention of putting the game away. Elijah Devereaux (Forward, 2020) and Reid Leibold (Forward, 2020) delivered on this promise with goals in the final stanza to end the game in a 3-0 win for the Huskies.

On Super Bowl Sunday the team faced Stanstead College. Right from the first drop of the puck Northwood was relentless in their pressure and battle level. The hard work paid off when Daniel Colabufo (Forward, 2020) provided the breakthrough goal in the first period. The second period brought the same fast-paced game as the first but it was Stanstead who would find the equalizer. Heading into the third, the score was tied at 1. The Huskies continued to consistently do all the right things. The game winner was scored when Cole Leal (DefenSe, 2019) found a gap from a tight angle. Stephen Panico (Forward, 2019) added another shortly after. The game ended 3-1 Northwood.

Today the team travels to Nichols School in Buffalo, NY. They will face Culver Academy on Friday, Shattuck St Mary’s on Saturday, and the host on Sunday.

Two Alumni Nominated for Hockey Humanitarian

HHAFStevie DeForge ‘15 and Vincent Desharnais ‘15 are both good at hockey, but it is their exemplary leadership in community service has them nominated as college hockey’s “finest citizen.”

Last month the Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation announced its nominees for the 2019 award. According to the foundation’s website, “the award is presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen — a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team but also to the community-at-large through leadership in volunteerism.”

There were 17 nominees on the list, and two of them played their prep hockey at Northwood. Both Vincent Desharnais of Providence College and Stevie Deforge of Babson College were nominated for the award which is a huge honor. DeForge was a postgraduate at Northwood after graduating from Boston College High School. Desharnais attended Northwood as a junior for the 2013-14 school year. He left Northwood before graduating to play junior hockey in the BCHL.

Desharnais, a senior defenseman at Providence, hosted a “PC beats cancer” event which raised $5,100 for the Gloria Gemma Foundation which offers programs for patients, survivors, and loved ones.

Desharnais is a prospect of NHL team Edmonton Oilers, and is alternate captain of the Providence Friars. He has earned Hockey East Academic Team honors over the past two seasons.

Deforge is a senior forward at Babson. Is a part of “Need for Lead” which is a non-profit team of volunteers who motivate young students to become actively involved in charitable initiatives in their communities. The team has raised close to $100,000 for charities and scholarship funds. Events he has been influential in are: United Way Food Drive, Stephen “Guy” DeForge Memorial Golf Tournament, Rodman Ride for Kids, Be a Santa to a Senior, Hemophilia Walk, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Team IMPACT, and the Special Olympics. Stevie also helps with Dexter School and Norwood Youth Hockey programs.

Deforge’s awards and honors include Babson’s Men’s Hockey team tri-captain, Babson student-athlete advisory committee, and 2014 Boston Bruins MIAA Sportsmanship Award recipient.

The fact that two of the nominees were Northwood graduates is outstanding and represents the quality and success that Northwood students aspire to.

The winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony at the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four on April 12 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Junior Team Goes 2-1 in Invitational

The Showcase Division of Northwood Invitational Hockey Tournament consisted of 10 teams, including Northwood’s Junior Team. The team faced Nichols School, St Andrews College, and Albany Academy over the three days. [Read more…]

“True Freshman” DiBitetto on the Transition to College Hockey


Sam DiBitetto ’18, back row, second player from the left, with his teammates and coaching staff (Photo: Norwich University)


DiBitetto in action at Norwich (Photo provided)

Sam DiBitetto ‘18 graduated from Northwood School in 2018. The true freshman from Rochester, NY decided to forgo junior hockey and matriculate at Norwich University, a perennial Division III power. Senior Fin Ulrick, a teammate of Sam’s last year, caught up with Sam to talk about his transition to college and college hockey.

Sam was the captain of the junior team during his last year at Northwood. If you attended Northwood last year, they will say that Sam loved Northwood more than anyone. He influenced many others around him to be the best they can be and to enjoy every day we have together. He now plays NCAA Division III hockey at Norwich. [Read more…]

Junior Team Cleans Up in Minnesota

(November 30 – December 2, 2018) Northwood’s Junior Team flew to Shattuck St Mary’s School in Minnesota to play three games against three top prep schools, St Andrews College, Cégep André-Laurendeau, and Nichols School. The team knew that being on a 16 game win streak it is all about keeping things the same and staying focused so this string of games would be another challenge along the road for Northwood. [Read more…]

Junior Team Dominates Against Prep Opponents

(November 16-26, 2018) Before the Thanksgiving break, Northwood’s Junior Hockey Team traveled to Stanstead College in Quebec to play two games. This would begin a stretch of games that will test the team’s ability versus tough opposition. The first was against Upper Canada College. The game started off close with both goalies playing well. But after the first goal by Jerkko Ramo (Forward, 2019), a one-timer to make it 1-0, the Huskies took off. The final score ended up 7-0 for Northwood, with Ramo adding another to his tally, along with goals from Cody Monds (Forward, 2019), Josh Waters (Forward, 2019), John Biechler (Forward, 2019), Will Arquiett (Forward, 2019), and Stephen Panico (Forward, 2019). [Read more…]

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