After registering an impressive 19-7-1 regular-season record, the Brunswick School hockey team earned the No. 1 seed in the NEPSIHA Large School Tournament, which begins on Wednesday.
The Bruins fell one point shy of qualifying for the NEPSAC’s Elite Eight Tournament. As the No. 1 seed, Brunswick will host Berkshire School in Wednesday’s 3:30 p.m. quarterfinal-round at Hartong Rink.
All games in this tournament will be played on the campus of the higher seed. The brackets will hold and teams will not be reseeded. The semifinals will take place on Saturday and the championship is scheduled for Sunday.
Here’s the quarterfinal-round matchups for the NEPSIHA Large School Tournament.
No. 8 Berkshire at No. 1 Brunswick; No. 5 Northfield Mount-Hermon at No. 4 Noble and Greenough; No. 6 Loomis Chaffee at No. 2 Kent; No. 7 Phillips Andover at No. 2 Phillips Exeter.
In Brunswick’s regular season finale, it posted a 4-3 road win over Deerfield Academy up in Massachusetts in the first ever meeting between the two squads on Saturday.
The teams traded goals in the opening period, as Brunswick scored with just 29 seconds left in the frame on a nice zone entry and passing sequence by James Shannon, Lucas St. Louis, and Hank Cleaves, with the senior captain burying it five-hole for the equalizer.
Shannon struck early in the second period on a shorthanded, bar-down snipe from the right face-off dot just after the puck was dropped. Special teams worked in the visitors’ favor again a few minutes later, with this time, sophomore Sean Gibbons finished on the power play.
Deerfield added a goal late in the period to close the gap to one goal at the intermission.
Gibbons tallied again third period, scoring another shorthanded goal on a breakaway after an alley-oop pass from Shannon sent him in alone, making it 4-2 Bruins with 10 minutes left to play.