The undefeated Norwood High School Freshman Hockey Team blanked the Walpole Frosh, 3-0, at the Four Seasons rink in Walpole last Thursday.
It was the fourth straight win for the Gormleymen who now have scored 23 goals to their opponents’ 0. For Norwood, Tommy Shea paced the attack as he scored the first two Norwood goals, with Denny Hebner banging in the third. On Shea’s first two goals, assists went to Harry Pascoe and Eddie Graham.
In the nets for Norwood, Neil Higgins slammed the door as he turned aside 12 Walpole shots. For Walpole, Kevin Zuisk had 16 stops. Outstanding on defense for Walpole was Johnny Ahvard, who threw out some v.c.ous checks and broke up countless Norwood plays. The Norwood defense duo of Jack Cronin and Bob Begley again played an outstanding game. Cronin made some fine rushes and Begley let go a couple of blazing slap shots.
The first period saw Norwood apply the pressure as they outshot their opponents, 7 to 0, with Norwood’s first wave of Harry Pascoe, Ed Graham and Tom Shea showing the way. At 6:57 Norwood broke the ice as Eddie Graham hit Harry Pascoe with a pass just inside the Blue Line. Pascoe led Shea with a perfect pass. Shea sailed in all alone on Zuisk and fired the minute mark, the same Shea, Pascoe and Graham combined again with Shea depositing the plug into the Walpole cage and the locals had a 2-0 lead. Walpole outshot Norwood in the period, 9-4, but Higgins and the defense pair of Cronin and Begley closed the door. Just as the buzzer rang, ending -the period, Shea again broke loose but Zuisk saved.
The third period was fairly even as both teams had good chances with Leo Mclnerney and Chris Moore just missing in close for Norwood. Kevin Brooks and Norwell had the Walpole scoring opportunities but both defense held up. At 6:15 of the period, Norwood put the game out of reach with Denny Hebner at the right spot at the right time.
John Baxter hit Denny Tobin, with a pass, and Tobin’s shot was stopped by Zuisk, but Hebner tipped in the rebound and Norwood had their fourth straight win. The club will face off against Needham tomorrow at the same Four Seasons rink with ice time at 3:45 o’clock.
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