Brunswick School

Brunswick hockey team riding seven-game winning streak after posting a pair of victories on consecutive days

Brunswick School ‘s ice hockey team has posted 18 wins already this season and are primed for the postseason.

Victorious for the second time in as many days, the Brunswick School hockey team extending its winning streak to seven games with a convincing 5-1 victory against Berkshire School on Saturday afternoon at Hartong Rink.

Bruins coach Mike Kennedy noted that the team tinkered the forward lines a bit in search of a more balanced attack and ultimately got goals from all four units. The goal scorers up front for the Bruins were seniors Eli Friedman and James Shannon, junior Jake Minella, and sophomore Tucker Spiess.

Senior defenseman Sloan Farmer also found the back of the net after finding himself in front of the net on an offensive-zone possession and finishing off a rebound to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead after two periods. The goal was significant, coming with just three seconds remaining in the second period.

The Bears had a dangerous first line and made a push in the middle period before the Bruins pulled away with two more in the third.

Senior Brendan Holahan had a stellar performance goal for Brunswick making 26 saves. The Bruins recorded an impressive 47 shots in the winning effort.

“Thanks to the loyalists for their attendance at Hartong — a nice Saturday crowd,” Kennedy said.

On Friday, Brunswick rallied from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits and came from behind to defeat Frederick Gunn, 6-5,in Washington, Conn.

The fast Highlanders blitzed the Bruins in the first nine minutes and 31 seconds of the game, scoring three goals and looking like they were going to blow Brunswick out of the building, Kennedy noted.

But the visitors called timeout and talked quickly about weathering the storm and starting the contest over from scratch. The Bruins didn’t have to tie the tilt in one shift. They had 44 minutes to do so.

Turns out they wouldn’t need all that time.

Junior Sean Gibbons got the Bruins on the board with a power play goal with 1:27 to go in the opening period sniping one home from the slot after a smooth entry and passes from classmates Cooper Cleaves and Drew DellaSalla. Brunswick faced a 3-1 deficit following the first period.

Senior alternate captain Eli Friedman pinballed the puck off the Gunn goalie and into the back of the net on the first shift of the second period on a 4 vs. 4 situation, cutting Gunn’s lead to 3-2. The Bruins ultimately dominated the period and recorded two more goals around the hosts’ lone goal of the second stanza.

The first came from co-captain James Shannon, who committed to play hockey at Quinnipiac University earlier in the day. The second was courtesy of senior Sloan Farmer on a seeing-eye wrister from the point with the Bruins on a power play. Junior Brendan Giles was in on both goals. He had three assists for the game.

 With the score knotted at 4-4 after two periods, Brunswick carried the play and the momentum into the final period.

The tide continued to swing in Brunswick’s direction to open the third period, as junior Ryan Wachtel knocked home a rebound with 12 minutes remaining and Shannon snapped home another one just 45 seconds later, giving Brunswick a 6-4 lead.

Gunn crept to within one with a power-play goal of its own at the 12:49 mark of the third period.

In the final five minutes, Brunswick killed off one more penalty in the last minute to seal the gutsy road win.

“Junior Will Baker came on in relief — not an easy job — and played a poised and solid game between the pipes to earn the victory,” Kennedy said. “Others not on the stat sheet but deserving of recognition include senior d-men Niko Cadoret, Collin Eschricht, and Hunter Spiess — as well as junior forward Luke Drury, who did all the hard things it takes to win hockey games.”

After its seven-game winning streak, Brunswick has a record of 18-9-1 for the season and is ranked eighth in the NEPSIHA playoff rankings. Eight teams qualify for the NEPSIHA Elite 8 Tournament and eight more qualify for the NEPSIHA Large School Tournament.

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