Junior Team Splits Final Weekend at Home [Photo Album]

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During the final weekend of the season, the last two games had more meaning than just another two-game series. It was the seniors’ last games wearing the Blue N on their chest. This year’s senior class is one of the smallest in junior team history and includes five student-athletes: Patrick Callahan, Sam DiBitetto, Daniel Lambert, Shane McGrath, and Santeri Hartikainen.

In the first game of the weekend versus Seacoast Prep, the Huskies got off to a fast start. Will Arquiett (Forward, 2019) started the scoring, tipping a shot from Hartikainen (Forward, 2018). The group added to that with a rocket from the top of the circles by Tommy Bannister (Forward, 2020), who made it 2-0. Seacoast would get a goal early in the 3rd period, and the game saw chances back and forth, but still 2-1 Huskies. With 58 seconds left in the game, Seacoast got a lucky bounce and was able to put one in the back of the net, to knot it up at two. The game would need overtime. In OT, the Huskies dominated play, but couldn’t score. Eventually the game went to a shootout to decide the winner. Cody Monds (Forward, 2020) and Arquiett both scored, but that wouldn’t be enough. It was a tough loss, but goaltender Rico DiMatteo ‘20 played extremely well in net, helping the Huskies the entire game.

With one game left, the group wasn’t going out with a loss. A win was the only option. The Huskies started the scoring with a goal from Stephen Panico (Forward, 2019). Seacoast score two quick goals to make it 2-1. The boys weren’t going to back down. With a goal late in the second period by Coal Leal (Defense, 2019), it was 2-2 to start the third. Holding nothing back, the Huskies dominated the entire period, netting goals by Arquiett and Bannister, who was fed a beautiful pass by Callahan. The Huskies won 4-2, making the seniors’ last game in the uniform one to remember.

The entire Junior Team would like to thank the seniors for all they have done this season. You will all be greatly missed next season but they wish you nothing but the best in the next chapter of your careers.


Junior Team Falls in USPHL Semi-Finals

With the season winding down, the boys still had work to do. They were in the USPHL playoffs, and were looking to bring some championship hardware back to Lake Placid. The first weekend of playoffs was played in Worcester, MA versus the Northern Cyclones and Springfield Pics. These two games were must-wins in order to advance. [Read more…]

Humans of Northwood: Patrick Callahan’18


“I’m 17 turning 18 in 2 months. I am a senior from Skaneateles, New York. This is my second year at Northwood. Following my time after Northwood I am looking to play junior hockey. I came to Northwood to play hockey, it is been a lot of fun playing for Coach Gilligan and Coach Cassidy, two of the best coaches I’ve ever had. During my time at Northwood School I definitely feel like I’ve grown as a person, become more independent, and able to take better care of myself. It is a great atmosphere, I love being able to go to school with all the boys and make memories. One my favorite things at Northwood is ripping Fortnite on Xbox with the boys. There is no bonding experience quite like it. It gets all the boys going and when the game is going on the room gets absolutely electric.”

– As told to Matthew Shanklin

Junior Team Gets Three Wins at Providence College

After a tough and underachieving Northwood Invitational, the Junior Team looked to get their identity back and play some Northwood-style hockey. With a road trip to Providence College to play league games, the Huskies had that opportunity.

Starting the weekend the boys faced South-Shore Kings. The Kings got onto the board first, but Sam DiBitetto (Forward, 2018) put the Huskies on the board shortly after. The Huskies were dominating play, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The Kings would get a late bounce their way and won the game 2-1. Although the Huskies outshot the kings heavily, it wasn’t the result they wanted.


JaCob Mucitelli ’19 guards his net.

It was a quick turnaround, as the Huskies would play their second tilt of the weekend only two hours after their loss to the Kings. The Boston Bandits were up next, and the group needed to rebound. They did just that. The Bandits started the scoring earlier, but the Huskies were able to get a few in a row. Huskies goals were scored by DiBitetto, Drew Rose (Defense, 2019), and Santeri Hartikainen (Forward, 2018) netted two. Rico DiMatteo (Goal, 2020) played solid in net for the group.

Up next for the Huskies was a very good York Skipjacks team. It would take a full team effort and a full 60 minutes of play to come out with a win. The group came together, and played one of their best hockey games of the year. Hartikainen started the scoring for the Huskies. Cody Monds (Forward, 2020) added a goal for the group to make it 2-0. Then with a minute left Sean Bunting (Forward, 2019) put the icing on the cake with an empty netter and the group would come out with a 3-0 win. Jacob Mucitelli (Goal, 2019) played an outstanding game for the Huskies. Senior forward Patrick Callahan shared his thoughts about the game. “We came together. We needed a big win like this to get our confidence back and get back to our game.”

In the final game of the weekend the boys had an early wake up call. With a 7:20am start time, the group needed to be awake to leave the weekend with a win. They faced a young, but talented, Shawinigan Lake School of British Columbia. The Huskies opened the scoring with a nice play from Will Arquiett (Forward, 2019) who found Monds back door. Pat Callahan (Forward, 2018) would make it 2-0. Shawinigan scored a goal in front, but Arquiett was able to find the back of the net to make it 3-1, which would be the final. DiMatteo played a good game in net, picking up his second win on the weekend.

The Huskies next head to Toronto for the second time in January to compete in a tournament at St. Andrews College.

Stomach Aches Lead to Heart Ache as Junior Team Drops Two in Home Tourney [Photo Album]

The Junior Team was looking forward to building off a very strong weekend at St. Andrews College, where the boys saw success vs two very good teams. The Northwood Invitational Tournament is a highlight of the season, but a nasty stomach bug kept several key players out of the lineups and left others weak and tired. [Read more…]

Hockey Tourney Big Part of Winter Weekend

HockeyWinter  weekend at Northwood is a big event every year for the school, and this year it is the 39th year of the Northwood Invitational hockey tournament. There will be games played by all 3 hockey teams at Northwood.

Each team has a game that they are particularly looking forward to. The Junior Team will face off against prep rival St. Andrews College on Friday, January 12 at 7pm on the 1932 Olympic rink. The Prep Team has a big tilt against prep rival Cheshire Academy on Saturday at 2:45 pm on the USA rink. Finally, the Girls Team’s biggest game of the weekend is on Saturday versus a very good Selects Academy at 11:10 am on the USA rink. There will be other games to watch the schedule is posted online. [Read more…]

Huskies Take Two, Defeat Shattuck, at St. Andrew’s College


Players celebrate a goal in recent action in Lake Placid.

Following a solid weekend against a tough Gunnery team, the boys were looking to continue their good team play in Toronto at St. Andrews College against three top teams, Culver Academy, Nichols School and Shattuck St. Mary’s.

In the first game of the weekend the Huskies faced Culver Academy, one of the best teams in the nation. The game saw chances back and forth, but Culver was able to strike first and ultimately prevailed with a 3-0 victory, including an empty net. Although the boys did not get the outcome they wanted, they were still positive results. Sophomore forward Tommy Bannister had some good things to say. “We didn’t win, which is always tough to swallow, but we played a very good game. We had our chances, we just couldn’t finish.” [Read more…]

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)

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Junior Team Takes Two from Northern Cyclones

Following a weekend off, the Huskies were excited to get back into game mode and build off what they did at Berkshire. The Huskies traveled to Rochester, home of Elijah Devereaux ‘20 and Sam DiBitetto ‘18, to take on the Northern Cyclones of the USPHL.


Senior and Rochester native Sam DiBitetto went home to tackle the Cyclones.

The team looked to jump out and get attacking early in their first game on Saturday night. Matt Shanklin (Forward, 2019) started the scoring early in the first, and then the goals piled on. Goals were scored by Sean Bunting (Forward, 2019), Sam DiBitetto (Forward, 2018), Patrick Callahan (Forward, 2018), Elijah Devereaux (Forward, 2020) and two from Cody Monds (Forward, 2020) who led the Huskies to a 7-1 victory. Jacob Mucitelli ‘19 played stellar in net. DiBitetto was excited to play in his hometown. “It was great. I had so much fun and so did Elijah,” he said. “All of my family was there, and so were my friends. It was cool to play in front of them.” [Read more…]

Junior Team Sweeps Prep Foes at Berkshire

As Thanksgiving dinner was settling in the bellies of most Northwood students, the Junior team had to shift their focus back to hockey. The boys had a pair of games at Berkshire School on Monday, November 27th. The Huskies would face off against two tough prep schools, Gunnery and the host team, Berkshire. With a week off, the boys hoped to get back into things quick, and they did just that.

JRT2The game vs Gunnery started off fast, both teams getting solid chances, but goaltenders for both teams were on their game. With a bounce in front, Gunnery put the first one on the board. It wasn’t long after until Patrick Callahan (Forward, 2018) was able to tie it up, scoring on a pass in front from Sam DiBitetto (Forward, 2018). Northwood quickly added more. Sean Bunting (Forward, 2018), Santeri Hartikainen (Forward, 2018) and Elias Fleishman (Forward, 2020) all added goals for the Huskies, and the group went on to win the 4-3. Cody Monds (Forward, 2020), was happy with the team’s performance. “It was good for us to get our feet wet and win the first game,” he said. “We played well and hope to continue to get better as team.”

It was a short break for the Huskies as the next opponent was the home team Berkshire. The team came out and took control early. Goals came from Monds and Hartikainen. Berkshire was able to sneak a goal in, but it wouldn’t be enough. The boys won 2-1 and finished the weekend 2-0. Hartikainen felt good about the team’s play. “Overall, it was a good weekend for us. We got back in the groove, and with a weekend off, we look forward to practice and preparing for a couple big games in Rochester.”

With two solid team wins, the boys look forward to two big weekends. They will head to Rochester to battle the Northern Cyclones followed by a big holiday tournament at St. Sebastian’s School.


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