Humans of Northwood: Matt Paul ‘22

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Matthew Paul ’22 (Photo: Wyatt Friedlander)

What’s good? My name is Matt Paul. This is my first year at Northwood. This is my sister’s second year and my mom has been working here since 2012. I am a freestyle skier and lacrosse player. So far my Northwood experience has been decent. Going to school with my sister and mother is unusual but sometimes it’s very helpful. Northwood is a wonderful place and I am happy to be here.

Mackin ‘13 Nominated for Hobey Baker Award

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A Northwood alum Corey Mackin ‘13 is a nominee for the 2019 Hobey Baker Award, which is awarded annually to the top male player in college hockey. Mackin attended Northwood in the 2012-2013 school year and played on Northwood’s Junior Hockey team.

Mackin is from Philadelphia and came to Northwood on the recommendation of Mr. Jim Sutow ‘80, a Northwood alum and influential hockey coach and mentor in Philadelphia. “He was the most skilled player on our junior team that year and was a natural goal scorer,” said Mr. Steve Reed. Mackin attended Northwood his senior year and was coached by Mr. Josh Leroy.

After graduating Northwood, Mackin went on to play in the BCHL for the Coquitlam Express, where he played 58 games and tallied 111 points for the 2014-15 season. He was awarded the Vern Dye Memorial BCHL Player of the Year Honor and the Brett Hull Award for being the league’s top scorer. He then went on to play in the NCAA for four seasons at Ferris State University and averaged over 24 points per season while playing an average of 36 games per season.

The Hobey Baker Award criteria include candidates exhibiting the exceptional character traits of the award’s namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America’s greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton University. Award candidates must demonstrate a strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team, and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.

Fan voting is currently open. Key Hobey Baker announcement dates for 2019 include:

Top Ten list of candidates: March 20
Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists: April 4
Hobey Baker Award announcement: April 12

The 2019 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 12, 2019, during the NCAA Frozen Four Championship in Buffalo, NY. The award ceremony will be held at the Harborcenter and will be broadcast nationally on NHL Network and streamed live at hobeybaker.com.For more info on the Hobey Baker Award or to access the Hobey logo, please visit www.hobeybaker.com/media.

Humans of Northwood: Cian Murphy ‘22

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My name is Cian Murphy, also known as Big Murph. I live in Arlington VA, right next to Washington DC. I came to Northwood for the elite hockey program and strong academics. I play on Northwood’s Prep Hockey Team and so far it’s been unreal. I have been playing hockey since I was able to walk. I am also a drummer. I have created a reputation for my drumming skills. So far my Northwood experience has been great. I have learned a lot and grown as an individual by being away from home for the first time. Sometimes it gets rowdy in Bergamini, but I cherish my experience.

Prep Hockey Team Dominates at Walpole

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Wyatt Friedlander ’19 in net at the Olympic Center earlier this season.

The Northwood Prep hockey team traveled to Walpole, MA last weekend. The team played two games and won both. In the first game, Cisco Delliquadri ‘20 scored two goals and , Sutton Allard ‘19, Carson Hall ‘22, and Alex Ray ‘19 each scored one. Kyle Bavis ‘19 had a shutout in net. Walpole Express only had 11 players that could attend because their high school had a game during the same time. Northwood greatly outshot their tired opponents and won 5-0. [Read more…]

Painting Students Display Unique Project

Students in the second trimester painting class at Northwood had a odd but fun project recently. Ms. Van Slyke assigned students to paint chairs influenced by an influential artist. “I have collected antique chairs from various garage sales and stores in preparation for this assignment,” Ms. Van Slyke said.

Students wrote a description of their chair and artist’s style to display in the living room for all to see. Students picked a famous artists and replicated their painting style  and techniques to put on their own chair. The chairs were painted carefully, taking about three weeks to make. The best chairs will be entered into a contest at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and the others will go home to families.

Obscure Rules (and a Tie) Keep Prep Team From Semis of Invitational

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A scene from the 2019 Northwood Invitational (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The prep team went 2-1-1 in the 40th Annual Northwood Invitational Tournament held at the Olympic Center and were kept out of the semi-finals because of a tournament rule that many players didn’t know about until the preliminary games were over.

In the first game, Northwood beat the NH Avalanche 2-0 with an empty net goal. John Biechler (Forward, 2019) and Owen Allard (Forward, 2022) scored goals and Wyatt Friedlander ‘19 earned the shutout in goal, which included a penalty shot save with the game tied at zero with ten minutes remaining.

The second game they faced North Broward Prep. The Huskies couldn’t generate much offense and the game ended in a surprising 1-1 tie. Tristan Allard (Forward, 2020) scored for the Huskies and Johan Tremblay-Kau ‘22 kept them in the game in net. The tie against North Broward Prep would prove to be critically important to the Huskies’ tournament.

The third game was against the Islanders Hockey Club, a rematch from a league game loss on Friday that was separate from the tournament. Northwood was badly outshot and lost 5-3. Carson Hall (Forward, 2022), Aleksei Rutkovski (Forward. 2019) and Connor Reid (Forward, 2019) scored for the Huskies and Friedlander made 25 saves in net.

The Huskies were in 4th place overall in the Prep Division consisting of ten teams. The team thought they were in possession of the last spot in semi-finals with a chance to win the tournament. The boys were excited to be able to play for their trophy and continue the weekend.

The excitement would fade fast as the team learned that winning the championship would be impossible – thanks to an obscure division ruling. According to the rules, there were actually two subdivisions in the Prep bracket, even though the website that players and coaches were following closely only showed one. Even the printed program showed only one division. The subdivisions included Group A with six teams, including Northwood. Group B had only four teams. The Huskies were fourth overall but third in Group A. Only the top two teams in each group played in the semi-finals, leaving Northwood with only a consolation game.

If the Huskies had beaten (instead of tied) North Broward Prep, they would have been tied for second in their group with the Avalanche. Tournament tie-break procedures would have had the Huskies advance to the semi-finals because of their earlier victory over the Avalanche in preliminary play.

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Tournament Divisions and Groupings that were shared with coaches and team officials before the tournament but not included in the official tournament program or reflected on standings posted on the tournament website, http://www.gamecapsule.tv.

Athletic Director Mr. Gino Riffle said, “having five teams each in two brackets is a scheduling disaster,” which is why he decided to have two divisions of different sizes. “The rules and schedules were made two weeks before the actual tournament,” he added.

Trevor Souza ’19 said, “It was a rough go for the team. I wish the outcome was different, but there is no changing it now.”

In the consolation game, the Huskies took out their frustration out on the Middlesex Bears in Saranac Lake, winning 5-3. Goals were scored by Tristan Allard (Forward, 2020), Trent Seger (Forward, 2020), Alex Ray (Forward, 2019) and two by Brendan Merriman (Forward, 2021). Kyle bavis made ten saves en route to the win with Lukas Klemm backing up.

The players were not consoled by that outcome. The whole team was furious because they had no idea there were two groups and a fourth place overall finish wouldn’t guarantee a place in the semis. It seems as if none of the teams in the tournament were clear about who made the semi-finals until a meeting of tournament officials and coaches clarified the standings.

 

Norfolk and Klebba Win at Belleayre; Zientko Takes Second

Ten Northwood students competed in the Giant Slalom Race at Belleayre Mountain. Three out of the ten earned a spot on the podium and seven racers finished top ten. Rowen Norfolk and Zach Zientko finished 0.54 apart, with Rowen taking the win. The next closest racer was three seconds behind them. Sophomore Jaden Klebba won the ladies’ event.

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Rowen Norfolk competes in the 2019 International Children’s Games (Photo: lakeplacid2019.com)

 

U16 Empire Cup Giant Slalom Race at Belleayre Mountain on January 13, 2019.

 

Ladies’ Results

Place Competitor
1 Jaden Klebba ’21
4 Ava Day ’21
5 Audrey Higgins-Lopez ’21
6 Gabrielle Cote ’21
7 Madison Kostoss ’22
16 Kate Broderick ’22

 

Men’s Results

Place Competitor
1 Rowen Norfolk ’22
2 Zach Zientko ’21
57 Matthew Brady ’22
DNS Ben DeGirolamo ’21

 

Complete results

What Northwood Students Did on Their Vacation

The Mirror sent senior Wyatt Friedlander to the living room to interview students about what they did during the recent vacation. Here’s what he learned.

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Senior Francisco Castillo (back right) spent the break with Junior Devon Jolley (at the steering wheel). The spent some of their vacation in Florida.

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Lake Placid

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The “Welcome to Lake Placid” signboard in front of the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds (Photo: Whiteface Mountain)

1. Northwood is actually not in Lake Placid. Most of what we consider “Lake Placid” is actually not in the small lakeside village of Lake Placid, but rather in the surrounding town of North Elba. Northwood School’s property line is a few hundred yards outside the Village line. [Read more…]

Students Rave About Whiteface Conditions

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Early season conditions are outstanding at Whiteface Mountain (Photo: @whiteface_mt on Instagram).

Whiteface got more than two feet of snow for great early season skiing conditions. Last year there was very little precipitation this early.   Orion Torrance ‘19 said, “I dream of snow like this.” Northwood seems to have a promising year for their winter sports because of the prime conditions. Owen Pierce said, “ I wish I had been there for Tuesday since there was fresh powder. If we keep getting lots of snow, it would be great, but you never know.” Since Sunday, November 25, the temperature hasn’t gone above 40 degrees. The ski team is grateful for the excellent training conditions and excited for the race season to get going. Races begin this weekend.

Photo: Whiteface Mountain

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