Renowned Climbing Film Comes to Northwood

At Northwood there are many students who are very passionate about rock climbing. A couple of weeks ago, Reel Rock films made a stop at our school for a screening of Reel Rock 14.

I sat down with Kip Morgan ’20 to get more information about what Reel Rock is, who makes it, why the film group decided to come to Northwood and other things.

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“What is the Reel Rock Tour and where the films are shown?” was the first question I asked Morgan. He stated, “The tour is a collection of short films that come out, normally 3-5 films, about rock climbing or mountaineering. The films are an annual event that has been going on for 14 years.” The films are shown in more than 500 countries around the world.

I asked Morgan what these films were about and he stated, “There are 4 films in Reel Rock 14. The first one follows Nina Williams climbing a boulder problem called Too High to Flail which is a 50ft tall v-10 boulder…The next short film follows a group of climbers talking about bringing together a community in Joe’s Valley Utah…There was also a short look into a Full-length feature that will be coming out soon. That will look at Marc-André Leclerc’s career as an alpine soloist…The last film was about the speed record on A route on El Capitan called the nose.”

“The film is made by North Face and Sender Films with help from Black Diamond, Yeti, Swell, and a few other brands that give support.” Stated Morgan, when asked about who is all involved in the development of the films. After asking who makes the films I asked him why he thought it would be a good idea for the films to come to Northwood? Morgan Stated, “The tour came to Lake Placid maybe two years ago… the film didn’t end up doing as well as people hoped. I remember having a conversation with Mr. Mellor about how it was a sad turn out for the Climbing community and then a smaller venue it would’ve done rather well.” Deciding that the Northwood auditorium would be the perfect size venue for the films, Morgan contacted Reel Rock and they came to show the films.

Students Try Bobsledding with Their Teacher, a Former Olympian

The teachers at Northwood School always find fun things for students to do on the weekend, and when teachers get to share their passions outside the classroom, the result can be truly special. This is such a story.

Mr. Matt Roy, a physics teacher, and rocketry specialist, took several students to the Olympic bobsled track at Mr. Van Hoevenberg so they could try the sport for themselves. Mr. Roy was a member of the 1988 Olympic Bobsled team, competing in the Calgary Winter Olympic Games. Following his competitive athletic career, he was the Executive Director of the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. In other words, he is qualified to introduce students to the sport of bobsledding.

For many years now, Mr.Roy has been taking students to the bobsled track where they participate with the US Junior Bobseld training program. This program will meet about 6-8 times a year, and they will allow young people to come out and try bobsledding for the first time. Mr. Roy has found that the student who tries it one time usually wants to go again, and some of his students have even competed in regional and international races. The sport of bobsledding takes time to get very good at, but it doesn’t take a lot of time to fall in love with.

Bobsledding is a frightening sport, since sleds travel at speeds around 50 miles per hour, but the Northwood students who tried it never felt in danger. “The program is very safe,” said Mr. Roy. “We had one student cut her finger on a sled, but that’s the most serious we’ve had,” he added. Roy noted that junior bobsleds have safety features appropriate for novice sliders. “When the students are sledding, they use round runners, which are very safe since no student has tipped over one since the beginning of the program.”

What other school offers bobsledding as a weekend activity? Northwood offers programs that students wouldn’t be able to do at their normal high school. The students of Northwood should take advantage of all the opportunities that they get here, because after they graduate, they may never be able to fun things like bobsledding ever again.

 

Young Alumni Make Patriotic College Choice

Two Northwood School alumni from the class of 2019 have decided to combine patriotic service with academics and athletics by committing to play hockey for the United States Military Academy at West Point. Defenseman Andrew Gilbert and goaltender Ryan Wilson recently announced their commitments to West Point on their social media feeds. These former Husky hockey players chose to attend an institution where they not only have an opportunity to play hockey and get a great education but also commit themselves to serve their country as officers in the United States Army.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year Federal service academy on the Hudson River in West Point, New York. The Academy’s mission is “to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.”

Gilbert CommitAndrew Gilbert is from Fairfield CT and he went to Northwood for 2 years. He is currently playing junior hockey for the Jersey Hitmen. In a recent interview, he said. “I chose to commit to West Point because of the great education, the chance to play Division I hockey and also the opportunity to attend one of the best academies for leadership skills.” He went on to describe the requirement to serve after graduation. “After the 4 years of college, you are required to serve in the military for 5 years. After the 5 years I have the choice to stay in the military or to become a civilian,” he said. The coaching staff at West Point was a deciding factor for Gilbert, as was his family connection to the school. “I was compelled to make this decision because the coaches at West Point are some of the best and have really created a great program. My grandfather also attended West Point, and he has nothing but great things to say about the whole process.” The school spirit and atmosphere on campus also impressed Gilbert. “A couple of weeks ago I was at one of their home games and experiencing the atmosphere really sealed the deal for me. I haven’t second-guessed myself once. I am 100% committed and can’t wait to get started,” he said.

Wilson CommitRyan Wilson attended Northwood last year for his senior year and his successful stint playing for Coach Cassidy brought him a great opportunity to play in the North American Hockey League, which is where he is playing now for the Springfield Jr. Blues. “I decided to commit to West Point for a few reasons,” explained Wilson. “Obviously for the great hockey program they have become. Another reason is for the amazing education you receive while you’re there. It’s comparable to an Ivy League,” said Wilson, who also emphasized the benefits of the military and leadership training provided by West Point. “The endless opportunities you have once graduating from there was a big factor in my decision. When I was younger I used to love watching military movies, so getting the opportunity to play hockey, get a great education, and serve our country seemed like an unbelievable decision to make,” said Wilson.

Both former Huskies expect to enroll at West Point over the summer and play varsity hockey for as a cadet during the 2020-21 season.

Hockey Teams Look Forward to Invitational Tournament 

Over the last forty-one years, Northwood has been welcoming many teams and families across both America and Canada to compete in the Northwood Invitational, and this year is no different. From Saturday until Monday the rinks will be busy with over twenty-nine teams competing for championships in Girls, Showcase, U16, and Prep divisions.

With all three Northwood teams competing in this tournament, it will allow them to support each other, which they have not been able to so far this year. The Girls’ Team will start the tournament against NAHA Red when they hope to set a program record with the 34th win of the season.  Following that game, the Boys’ Prep team looks to expand on their four-game win streak when they face off against St. John’s College High School. Finally, the Boys’ Junior team looks to continue their successful start to 2020 as they face off against Upper Canada College.

The Northwood Invitational is the most important tournament of the year for the school and nearly every family will be in attendance. One of the highlights of the weekend will be the sale of the custom-designed Blender Bottles, which is a project of Northwood’s entrepreneurship class.

For the first time in tournament history, Northwood games will be streamed on a dedicated YouTube Channel.

With there being so many games this weekend, it’s a perfect opportunity for everybody in the community to come out and support every team.

For game schedules and more information, visit the tournament web site.

Junior Team Goes 2-1 in True Prep Cup

Coming off the holiday break, Northwood boys traveled to Merrimack College, where they would play in the True Prep Cup.

P1077111Starting off the weekend with a game against Nichols school, the boys looked to capture a win. The game began with both teams getting excellent opportunities, but both goalies kept the door shut for the entire first period. Going into the second period, Northwood knew that they needed to change their offense so that they could take the lead. Jack Schlifke (Forward, 2020) would do that for Northwood as he would score nine minutes into the second period. For the rest of the period, both teams would shut down in the defensive zone making the score 1-0 in favor of the junior team after two periods of play. Knowing that a one-goal lead would not be enough to win, the boys had to score more so that they could secure the win. Just minutes into the final period Elijah Devereaux (Forward, 2020) would double the teams lead with a goal of his own off a feed from Schlifke and Daniel Colabufo (Forward, 2020). Northwood would keep up their good play, until the last ten minutes of the game where they would take some bad penalties, which would cost them. During those penalties, Nichols was able to score two of their own goals to tie the game at two and send the game to overtime. Being in this situation many times before the boys felt comfortable that they could close out the game and get a win. That is what they did as Felix Trudeau (Forward, 2021) would find the back of the net off a beautiful feed from Jacob Guevin (Defenseman, 2022) and Nate Boak (Defenseman, 2020) to give Northwood a win in their first game of the tournament.

The team’s next challenge would be against Mount St.Charles, who they have seen once earlier in the year. Hoping to get a better result, the team was ready for another battle. Northwood didn’t come off to a good start as Mount would score the first goal of the game just two minutes after the puck dropped. Quickly responding would be Ray Fust (Forward, 2021) as he scored off a feed from Trudeau and Luke French (Defenseman, 2020). After tying the game at one apiece, Mount would then score two of their own goals to take the lead 3-1 in their favor. Just a minute before the period was over, Carson Hall (Forward, 2022) would tap home a rebound goal to cut the deficit to one. Looking to regroup and settle in on defense, the boys were ready for what would be a battle for the rest of the game. About halfway through the second period, French would feed the puck to Trudeau, who would take the puck down the ice and tie the game at three apiece. Less than a minute later, Mount would score another goal to retake the lead, and then again a few minutes later, they would score to make their lead two. After two periods of play, Northwood was down two goals, which meant they needed to bear down for the third. That is what the team did as Fust and Devereaux would both score to tie the game up at five apiece. With just under five minutes to play, Mount had an in-zone faceoff to the left of Northwood’s net.  After the puck dropped, Mount got their first shot stopped, but they would get a second scoring opportunity which they would score on to take the lead and eventually win the game.

After a tough loss the night before, Northwood was ready to get back on track and end the weekend on a good note. In this game, they faced off against Gunnery School. The team would get off to a slow start as Gunnery would find the back of the net to start the game, but then just minutes later, Schlifke would tie the game at one. Only 45 seconds later, Will Donato (Forward, 2021) scored another goal for Northwood to make the score 2-1. Gunnery wouldn’t let Northwood keep the lead for long as they scored another goal to tie the game at two. As the second period started at a tie, both teams would defend well until the last five minutes of the period. During those five minutes, Northwood got goals from Schlifke, Donato, Trudeau, and Mark Monaco (Forward, 2021) to take a 6-2 lead heading into the third. The third period would be the same for Northwood as they would get goals from Schlifke, Patrick Doyle (Forward, 2020), and Hall to finish the game with a 9-2 victory.

Northwood ended third in the tournament. Their next test will be at the Northwood Invitational in Lake Placid, NY.

Norfolk Places 6th Overall Against Top Eastern Racers

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Rowan Norfolk ’22 (Image: Northwood Skiing)

Over the holiday break, Northwood Ski Team’s U16 student-athlete, Rowen Norfolk, ’22, qualified and participated in a one-day project bringing the top Eastern U16 athletes together for a GS and SL training session at Sugarloaf Mountain. Following the session, the top Eastern athletes competed over two days in two RPS open races with other U16 athletes. Rowen placed 3rd in the first GS run and came away for the weekend placing 6th overall in GS and just shy of the podium in SL amongst the top Eastern U16 athletes.

Van Slyke Named NYSEF Athlete of the Month

Alpine Ski Racer Andrew Van Slyke ’20 was recently named NYSEF Athlete-of-the-Month. The ski racer has grown more than six inches in the past two years and has completely reworked his technique.

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Andrew Van Slyke ’20 (Photo: NYSEF)

According to the NYSEF press release announcing the honor, his coaches have been impressed with Andrew’s performance this season.  “I would certainly put him in the category of most improved. Andrew’s season is just beginning and with the work he has put in– the results will come,” says Thomas Vonn, Head Men’s FIS Coach/Technical Director at NYSEF and Northwood SchoolAlex Shearer, Assistant U19 Men’s Coach said, “Andrew has improved drastically over the last year. He’s committed to performing at the highest level.”

Junior Team Goes 2-1 in St. Sebastian’s Tourney

While most students headed home for Christmas break, Junior Team traveled to St. Sebastian’s to play in their annual tournament.

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Jack Schlifke ’20 in action at the Olympic Center earlier this season (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

In the first game of the weekend, the Junior Team faced off against Williston School. Starting the game with good pace was Northwood as they controlled the play, outworking Williston on both ends of the rink. The first goal of the game came from Felix Trudeau (Forward, 2021) and a feed from Elijah Devereaux (Forward, 2020). For the rest of the period, neither teams found the back of the net, giving Northwood just a one-goal lead heading into the second period.

Starting the second half, the Junior Team looked to defend their lead and take home a victory. Will Donato (Forward, 2021) found the back of the net to double the lead and make it 2-0 with twenty minutes to play in the game. But things would take a turn for the worst as Williston scored two power-play goals to send the game to overtime. At the start of overtime, Northwood looked to close the game off with some excellent opportunities but failed. After overtime, the game headed to a shootout where again Northwood wasn’t able to score and ended up facing a bitter loss.

The following morning, Northwood played against RIvers School. Neither teams scored until seven minutes left of the first period when Nate Boak (Defense, 2020) obtained a goal. Going into the half with a lead, Northwood looked to defend their lead and close out the game. But Rivers got a goal of their own to tie the game with one minute into the second half. Trudeau responded with a goal to take back the lead just minutes later, and then Jack Schlifke (Forward, 2020) found the back of the net to double the lead. The Junior Team defended well for the rest of the game and not let Rivers score again. Minutes before the game was over Zachary Sedlacek (Forward, 2022) scored to give Northwood a 4-1 win.

Coming off a good win, Northwood was ready to capture another win to go 2-1 on the weekend. The Junior Team would face off against Winchendon, where they would get off to a hot start from a goal by Cisco DelliQuadri (Forward, 2020). Winchendon responded quickly with a goal of just minutes later. Northwood scored again with a goal from Devereaux to take back the lead, but yet again, Winchendon struck back with another goal to tie the game going into the half. Going into the half, Northwood knew that they needed to shut down their opponent to win the game. That is precisely what they did for the entire half. They did not let Winchendon get any goals. Northwood also added goals from Trudeau, Devereaux, and Daniel Colabufo (Forward, 2020) to take the 5-2 victory to end the weekend.

Going 2-1 in the St. Sebastian’s tournament, Northwood will go on winter break and then head to Merrimack College for the True Prep Cup.

 

On the Firing of Hockey Legend Don Cherry

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Don Cherry pictured at the CBC Winter Launch in 2010 (Photo: Wikipedia)

On November 9th, Don Cherry, a legendary ice hockey commentator, made some controversial comments during a Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada. During Cherry’s Coach’s Corner, the former NHL coach made remarks that suggested Canadian immigrants benefit from the sacrifices of veterans and do not wear remembrance poppies. Cherry was fired after almost four decades of broadcasting NHL games.

Remembrance Day is a holiday in Canada similar to Veteran’s Day in the United States. On this day and the weeks leading up to it, red poppy pins are worn by many as a sign of respect. During the broadcast, Cherry asserted that immigrants in Canada fail to recognize Remembrance Day. He said, “You people love our way of life, you love our milk and honey. At least you can pay a couple of bucks for a poppy or something like that. [The veterans] paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada. These guys paid the biggest price.”

Northwood students have mixed feelings about the incident. Most agree that Don Cherry deserved to be fired but they are disappointed that “Coach’s Corner is no more,” as stated by co-host Ron MacLean.

Ray Fust ‘21, who has lived in Canada for most of his life, said, “Don Cherry is a very old-fashioned and arrogant guy, but he’s also a great hockey guy. Without Grapes, there’s no more Hockey Night in Canada!”

Regardless of the controversy, those who have seen Don Cherry every Saturday night for the past 38 years will have to get used to his absence in Hockey Night in Canada.

Junior Team Sweeps Islanders HC

Looking to match the success of the previous weekend, the Junior Team faced off against Islanders Hockey Club this past weekend.

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The Junior Team bench at a game at the Olympic Center in September 2019 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

On Saturday night, Northwood traveled to Plattsburgh. Getting off to a good start was Ray Fust ‘21 (Forward), as he scored the first goal of the weekend. With a mere thirty seconds left in the first, Jack Schlifke ‘20 (Forward) scored a goal off a costly turnover from IHC. Heading into the second period with a two-goal lead, Northwood took full control of the game. Fust, Mark Monaco ‘21 (Forward), and Daniel Colabufo ‘20 (Forward) each scored, pushing the score up to 5-0. In the third period, Northwood built on their lead. More goals came from Fust, Colabufo, and Jacob Guevin ‘22 (Defense). Kannon Flageolle ‘21 (Goalie) shut the door for the entire match to record another Northwood shutout. Overall, the Huskies won 10-0. The highlights of the game were Fust’s scoring of four goals and Colabufo’s hat-trick in his first game back from injury.

After a dominating victory the night before, the Junior Team looked to defend home ice, where they would face off against IHC again. Keeping the momentum from the previous night, Fust capitalized on a shot from the slot to give Northwood an early lead. As the period went on, neither of the teams scored. In the second period, coming out with a spark, Guevin scored another goal for Northwood to double the lead. Just moments later, both Cisco Delliquadri ‘20 (Forward) and Guevin added two more goals, giving Northwood a 4-0 lead. Not giving up was IHC, as they shortly found the back of the net to cut into the lead. The momentum that they grabbed didn’t last long as Patrick Doyle ‘20 (Forward) scored with just a minute left in the period. Going into the third, Northwood knew that they needed to keep their game up and not let the Islanders get any chance at victory. Little over half-way through the final period, IHC was able to find the back of the net off a misplay by Northwood. Responding quickly was Colabufo as he scored from the slot, off a feed from Jack Schlifke ‘20, giving Northwood a 6-2 victory, and two wins on the weekend.

Before going off on holiday break, the Junior Team heads to St. Sebastian’s, where they will face off in the annual St. Sebastian’s tournament.

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