The #2 seed New Hampton Huskies took on the #3 seed Everest Academy from Toronto, Ontario this morning in the quarter finals of the Northeast Hockey Showcase. The Huskies went 2-1 in their division, while Everest went 0-2-1. Thirty seconds into the game, Bradley Shaw opened the scoring. Less than a minute later, Lynden Breen put the Huskies up 2-0. In the next twenty-four minutes, New Hampton dominated the play, adding four more goals by Joe Dunlap, Alex Grace, Thomas Albert and Lukas Uhler. Andrew Engel stood tall in net and earned the 6-0 win for the Huskies. New Hampton will play the #1 seed Upper Canadian College from the other division in the semi-finals.
The New Hampton Huskies took on Upper Canada College in the semi-finals of the Northeast Hockey Showcase this afternoon. The game started off with both teams working hard and playing solid defense. One could tell that this game was going to be a battle and both teams would have to work hard to score goals. About ten minutes into the game, the nice rush of Bradley Shaw and Joe Dunlap set up Lukas Uhler for a goal to put the Huskies up 1-0. Five minutes later, Upper Canada College was able to capitalize on a New Hampton mistake to even the game at one. The rest of the game saw back and forth hockey with neither team able to create much offensively, sending the game to overtime. In overtime, both teams continued their solid defensive play, leaving the teams tied after the five-minute overtime. Since this is a tournament and a winner needed to be decided, the game went to a five-man shootout. Upper Canada College first shooter scored while New Hampton’s missed. Lynden Breen and Zak Lanoue, New Hampton’s next two shooters found the back of the net while both of Upper Canada College shooters were stopped by Matt Sayles. Then both Upper Canada College and New Hampton’s forth shooters missed. Since Upper Canada College shot first and they were trailing the Huskies by a goal, if their fifth shooter missed, the Huskies would win. The fifth Upper Canada College shooter came down and made a nice move, but Matt Sayles stood with him the whole way and made the save to give New Hampton the shootout victory and advance to the finals.
The New Hampton Huskies look for revenge against the Seacoast Spartans U20, as the two teams face off in the finals for the Northeast Hockey Showcase tonight. New Hampton lost to Seacoast 1-0 in the round robin play of the tournament. This game started out much different than when the two teams met a day earlier. Tonight, the Huskies came out of the gate strong and put pressure on Seacoast to start the game. After a couple, great scoring chances early on by the Huskies, the game remained tied at zero ten minutes into the game. Then a defensive miscue by the Huskies, allowed Seacoast to score the first goal of the game. Shortly after the Seacoast goal while shorthanded, Joe Dunlap stole the puck from a Seacoast defensemen in his own zone and then went straight down the ice to score the game tying goal. The rest of the game New Hampton controlled the play and had several chances to score the go-ahead goal, but were unable to beat the Seacoast goaltender. The game remained tied at one after regulation time and the Huskies were once again headed to overtime. In overtime, both teams were playing solid defensive hockey and not allowing any offensive opportunities. Then with less than a minute left, a New Hampton giveaway in their own zone led to the game winning goal for Seacoast. Although it was a disappointing end, the Huskies played well all tournament long. New Hampton will now prepare to play their second game of the regular season against Winchendon School on Wednesday at the “Jake.”