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Photo: Mr. Green

The Northwood Huskies Junior hockey team recently swept the competition in the highly anticipated annual event, the Northwood Invitational. They went 5 and 0 on the weekend, showcasing their high powered offense for the first time in front of a home crowd. The Junior team, up to that point, hadn’t had any home games, and were eager to play in front of friends, family, faculty, and Northwood alumni.

When asked about how the home ice advantage helped the huskies along the way through the physically gruelling weekend, left winger Jack Dugan responded, “It was great to finally play at home…we had a long stretch of road games and seeing everyone in the crowd got our guys going.” Jack was one of the stars of the weekend for the huskies, and was named to the all-tournament team after the final game, in which the Huskies edged out St. Foy 2 to 1 in double overtime. Scoring the sudden death-goal for the Huskies was Kaden Pickering off of a brilliant assist from Aleksi Peltonen, who recorded 2 points in the final. Aleksi was awarded player of the game for his efforts. Mattias Samuelsson earned the title of Tournament MVP, with a dominating performance in all 5 games. After the game he told us “I feel honored to be awarded MVP at such a young age,” he continued to say “a lot of great players have won this award in the past, and it’s a great feeling to be apart of that group.”

A huge part of Northwood’s success comes from their ability to play four lines. Their depth allows them to stay more energized throughout the game than their opponents, who usually try to run three against the strong Northwood squad. Senior Hayden Hart said “the reason we won was because we wore down St. Foy…by overtime they were tired and we weren’t, and we knew we had to take advantage of that.”

The Junior Team’s current record is 34 and 4, and are currently preparing for another home weekend against the Islanders Hockey Club as they look to improve their record.

Junior Team Shows Promise

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The Junior Team practicing at the Herb Brooks 1980 Arena. (Photo: @NWS_hockey/Twitter)

After the Junior team made final cuts in their tryout games against Ridley College, they went on a tear winning seven of their first eight games. They started out their season strong against the highly regarded Hill Academy U-18 team, accomplishing a two-game sweep. In the Saturday game they won 6-2 and on Sunday they won 7-0.

After a hard week of practice, the boys headed off to Marlborough for the Beantown Classic. In their first game of the weekend they faced off against Ulysse, and they continued their win streak with a 3-0 victory. The next morning, they beat the Springfield pics 6-1. Later that day they clinched their advancement to the round of 16 of the tournament by beating the very skilled Team Comcast 1-0 in a hard fought battle. The next morning the junior team skated by the Jersey Shore Whalers, with a 4-0 victory to advance to the round of eight. They faced off against team Comcast again, and won this time 3-0, with Matt Petizian ’17 recording his 5th shutout in a row. Then, in the semifinals, the junior team was up against possibly their toughest opponent yet, the New England Fall Prep League All Stars, who beat them 2-1 in a nailbiter. [Read more…]

Senior Privileges Acknowledge Maturity of Older Students

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If you were at the same place of employment for five years, would it feel right if someone new stepped on the job and was treated similarly to yourself? After putting in time as an honest, tireless employee, it would only be fair to be rewarded with certain privileges. Dean of Students,Tom Broderick, talks about a “social capital” at Northwood. This is a great concept – it gives leeway to kids who have been respectful citizens at Northwood by taking past behavior into account. This system is a “safety net” catching honorable pupils when they slip. Social Capital, or our newly devised safety net, has a fatal flaw: it provides no benefits only second chances. It seems that at Northwood, only poor behavior is noticed. Many people fail to notice the students who respect the core values and work diligently in their studies. [Read more…]

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