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Huskies Shutout St. Francis School

The New Hampton Huskies took on St. Francis School, from Buffalo, NY in their last game of the Belmont Hill Tournament. Coming off a hard-fought tie against Brunswick, the Huskies look to continue their strong play in this afternoon’s game. As soon as the puck dropped, New Hampton took control of the puck and started putting pressure on St. Francis, letting them know they were going to be in for a long game. Just over three minutes in, the hard work of Patrick Kramer and Pat Roth caused a turnover that Jake Gallitto picked up and passed to Michael Kesselring for New Hampton’s first goal of the game. The Huskies continued to put pressure on St. Francis and two minutes later drew a penalty, to earn their first power play of the game. On the power play, New Hampton wasted little time as Michael Kane scored after being set up by Lukas Uhler and Michael Kesselring. Three minutes later, with the Huskies on another power play, this time a two-man advantage, Alec Grace scored a nifty goal in front of the net, after being set up by a nice passing play of Lukas Uhler and Thomas Albert. Five minutes later, the New Hampton continued to dominate the game, adding to their lead, when Jackson Kyser scored his first goal as a Husky, assisted by Michael Ardagna and Patrick Kramer. The first period ended with New Hampton in total control, leading 4-0. In the second period, New Hampton continued to control the play, earning several power plays, but they were unable to beat the St. Francis goaltender, leaving the score still 4-0 after two periods of play. In the third period, James Hatzepetros rocked a slap shot past the St. Francis goaltender three minutes into the period, giving the Huskies a five-goal lead. The rest of the period, New Hampton played solid defense to help Eli Curry earn his first shutout win as a Huskies. New Hampton finished the Belmont Hill Tournament on a strong note and will take a couple days off to celebrate the New Year, before returning on Wednesday, January 4th to prepare for a home game on Thursday, January 5th against Lakes Region Rival and top-ranked Kimball Union Academy.
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