Byfield, MA – In Friday night’s contest, perennial New England powerhouse Cushing Academy would arrive to Whiston-Bragdon Arena ranked #8 in New England. W-Brag was packed with the enthusiastic Governor’s student body, ready for a great game. The two would not disappoint. Cushing opened the game with a strong short-handed goal. Down by a goal, Junior Goaltender Brendan McMenimen, made a great post to post save to keep the Academy in the hunt. Less than two minutes later, Senior Captain Connor Costello stole the puck in the neutral zone and beat two Cushing players and went top shelf to tie the game up at one. The teams would trade punches and then on a pretty play from Junior Ryan Scarfo and Senior Bryan Sullivan, Junior Nate Ferriero would finish the goal, again going top shelf. The teams would enter the locker room with Govs leading 2-1.
The second period would feature more of the same hard and physical play. On the power play the Academy struck first in the second. Nate Ferriero found the net for the second time on a one-timer from the blue line. Bryan Sullivan would pick up his second helper of the night on the goal. Cushing would not go away and after cutting the lead to one midway through the second, Freshman Bobo Carpenter scoring his first career goal sent the crowd into a frenzy. Whiston-Bragdon was at capacity when the second period ended with Governor’s leading 4-2.
The third period was a battle from the start and both teams had important penalty kills and solid 4 on 4 play. Halfway through the third the Junior Tripp Pace would net his sixth goal of the season. The Arena was rocking and the Govs squad was feeling good. Cushing, ever the champion, would make the game more than interesting. At the 12:01 mark Cushing would cut the lead to 5-3. Govs began to sit back on its heels and Cushing took the play to Governor’s. With fewer than 4 minutes to play the game became very close as Governor’s saw its three goal lead evaporate to one with three minutes left. The Academy hockey team was at a crossroad, having given up late goals at #2 in New England Phillips Exeter and last week against #10 Belmont Hill, would it be able to weather the storm and finish the job? The boys from Byfield were up to the challenge and held off a strong push from Cushing and Brendan McMenimen and his 35 saves would earn the win.
The atmosphere in Whiston-Bragdon Arena tonight rivaled that of a college game and the 2011-12 Govs team would be the first in the school’s history to earn a win against Cushing Academy in ice hockey. While this is certainly a win to be excited about the boys will immediately refocus on St. Sebastian’s, another perennial New England and ISL power for a 3:00pm game tomorrow in Nedham. The win moves Governor’s record to 10-3-3 on the year.