Being on a power play was not exactly an ideal situation for the Brunswick School hockey team against The Gunnery on Friday.
Gunnery penalties put the Bruins on a power play numerous times, but it wasn’t productive for them.
Instead, Brunswick’s power play opportunities made Gunnery shine.
Scoring four short-handed goals, Gunnery coasted to a 6-1 victory over visiting Brunswick in a late-season NEPSAC matchup.
A week prior to Friday’s game, Gunnery posted a 4-3 win at Brunswick’s Hartong Rink. Forward Henry Foster scored Brunswick’s goal with his squad on a power play at the 17:40 mark of the first period, cutting the Bruins’ deficit to 3-1. Andon Cerbone set up Foster’s goal, which came with the Bruins in a 5-on-4 advantage.
Unfortunately for Brunswick, Gunnery capitalized when it was a man-down. Ryan Trom got the scoring going for Gunnery, knocking the puck past Bruins goalie Dan Dachille off a rebound, making it 1-0 with 11:17 remaining in the opening period.
With Brunswick on a power play, Gunnery extended its lead. A blocked shot led to a breakaway goal by Alex Jeffries, who found himself in a 1-on-1 situation with Dachille and converted a backhand shot, putting the home team on top, 2-0 at the 9:50 mark of the first period.
Jake Di Girolamo’s short-handed tally off a feed from Trom put Brunswick in a 3-0 hole with 6:32 still left in the first period. Foster’s one-timer off a pass from Cerbone gave the Bruins some much-needed momentum heading into the second period, but Gunnery regained it once the second stanza began.
The physical play in the game led to numerous penalties and Brunswick went on a power play early in the second period. Yet once again, the Highlanders increased their advantage while playing a man short. Hunter Sansbury’s tally put Gunnery on top, 4-1, with 42 seconds left on the Bruins’ power play and 10:25 to go in the second period.
Alex Jeffries added a short-handed goal midway through the second period and scored in the third period to cap the victor’s scoring.
Dachille made 18 saves on 22 shots for Brunswick, while teammate Alexander Rohlf stopped 17 of the 18 shots that came his way.
Helping lead Gunnery, the sixth-ranked team in the NEPSAC rankings, was JP Mella (19 saves). Forward Charles Shaffer, forward Ryan St. Louis, Foster and defenseman Cooper Moore tested Mella several times throughout the game, but Gunnery’s goalie stepped up.
Brunwick (10-12-4) concludes its regular season Friday at Trinity-Pawling School.