GREENWICH — Monday’s matchup between NEPSAC hockey rivals Brunswick School and Hotchkiss School including outstanding saves, numerous scoring chances and a lot of near misses.
And with the way both teams battled against each other for 59 highly intense minutes, it wasn’t a surprise that neither team left the ice with the upper hand.
Senior forward Charles Shaffer tallied twice for Brunswick, while Greenwich native Alex Mozian posted two goals for Hotchiss in a back-and-forth 2-2 overtime tie at Hartong Rink.
Brunswick is 5-6-4 following the tie, while Hotckiss’ record stands at 6-3-1.
“It’s another New England Prep School hockey game,” Bruins coach Michael Kennedy. “Every team out there is good and every game has been a battle. The result is a little bit disappointing, heading into overtime with the power play and not getting it done. But we’ve got to keep pushing forward.”
The game was a homecoming of sorts for Mozian, who is doing a postgraduate year at Hotchkiss. Mozian, a 2018 Greenwich High graduate, starred at forward for the Cardinals ice hockey team the past four seasons and was looking forward to an opportunity to play at Hartong Rink.
“It’s good to be back in Greenwich,” Mozian said. “Growing up watching Brunswick play, I always wanted to be here and score a goal. But it just so happened that it came with another team.”
The Bruins registered 36 shots on goal and received 28 saves from senior goalie Dan Dachille. The Bearcats, meanwhile, got 34 saves from netminder Henry Wilder, a junior.
The home team claimed a 1-0 edge when Shaffer received a pass at the doorstep and one-timed a shot past Wilder at the 16:42 mark of the first period. Junior Henry Foster and sophomore Ryan St. Louis each assisted on Shaffer’s tally.
The visitors evened the score at 1-1 when Mozian converted a shot from the right faceoff circle 1:05 into the second period. Junior defenseman Jack Ferguson moved the puck to Mozian, who did what he accomplished so many times for Greenwich High School — light the lamp.
“They scored first and we needed to respond,” Mozian said. “My teammates set me up well for the goal. Our team is playing well so far this season and we have a lot of potential.”
The Bearcats went ahead 2-1 on Mozian’s second goal at the 15:09 mark of the second period — a play that saw the visitors finish a rush up the ice.
Shaffer notched the equalizer with 8:49 to go in the second period, beating Wilder to his glove side with a wrister from the left faceoff circle.
“We are in the second half of the season, so we have to build on this game,” Shaffer said. “We were flying all over the place and hopefully, we can win our next 11 games.”
Sophomore forward Matthew McGroarty and sophomore forward Paul Davey set up Shaffer’s second tally. Throughout the remainder of the third period, both teams threatened to score, but both goalies rose to the challenge.
Quinn Carlisle and Mozian tested Dachille several times in the final period and overtime, while Cooper Moore, Henry Hill and Shaffer came close to scoring for the Bruins.
“Both teams received great goaltending and had chances to win down the stretch and the goalies both came up big,” Kennedy said. “We heard about Hotchkiss being a big, physical team; they played a hard game, but I thought we matched them and played a physical game in our own right.”
Said Shaffer: “In prep hockey you can’t take 30 seconds off, every time you are on the ice you have to battle like we did tonight. If we play complete games, we’ll have success the second half of the season.”
BRUNSWICK 2, HOTCHKISS 2
HOTCHKISS 0 2 0 0 — 2
BRUNSWICK 1 1 0 0 — 2
Records: Hotchkiss 6-3-1; Brunswick 5-6-4; Goals: H — Alex Mozian 2; B — Charles Shaffer 2; Assists: H — Jack Ferguson; B — Henry Foster, Ryan St. Louis, Paul Davey, Matthew McGroarty; Goalies: H — Henry Wilder (34 saves); B — Dan Dachille (28 saves)