Talk about a dramatic Senior Day win.
Facing a three-goal deficit heading into the third period against Berkshire School, the situation seemed bleak for the Brunswick School hockey team.
Then came a comeback the Bruins will long remember.
Paul Davey’s goal early in the third period began it and Henry Foster’s tally with three minutes remaining sealed the Bruins’ spirited spurt.
Scoring four unanswered third-period goals, Brunswick overcame a three-goal deficit and skated to a thrilling 5-4 victory in a tough, physical matchup before a big crowd at Hartong Rink.
The win was exactly what the Bruins needed on their Senior Day, after experiencing a 4-3 home loss to The Gunnery on Friday night.
“The locker room was down after the second period when we were trailing by three goals,” Bruins coach Mike Kennedy. “We talked about playing one more period, hopefully, things will go our way. We thought we deserved to be in a better situation after two periods, since we were playing well.”
The Bruins cut Berkshire’s lead to 4-2 when Davey, a sophomore forward, went top shelf with his shot with 14:40 left in the final period. With Brunswick on one of its many power plays, sophomore forward Matthew McGroarty received a pass from senior forward Charles Shaffer and one-timed a shot past Berkshire’s goalie, making it 4-3 with 7:52 to go in the third period.
“Once we got one, we kept looking for the next goal and the next goal,” Kennedy said. “A 4-2 game became, 4-3, then 4-4 and 5-4.”
Davey’s blistering shot from the point with 4:28 to go in the third period knotted the score at 4-4. Shaffer set up the tying tally.
Both squads had four men on the ice due to penalties when Foster converted his shot from the left wing with three minutes remaining, giving the Bruins the only lead they needed for the game at 5-4.
“It’s a special win on Senior Day, I’m really happy for our team,” said Kennedy, whose squad is 11-10-4 on the season. “They showed a lot of character by coming back like that.”
Berkshire, which scored two goals apiece in the first and second periods, received a pair of goals from forward Logan Green and one each by Hayden Riva and Jack LaChance.
Senior goalie Dan Dachille made 24 saves for the Bruins and especially came up big in the third period. The Bruins registered 35 shots on goal.
Brunswick spent a lot of time on the power play, as Berkshire was whistled for seven penalties. Brunswick’s seniors that were honored on Senior Day included: Shaffer, Cooper Moore, Edward Glassmeyer, Aaron Aboodi, Dachille, Henry Hill, and Andy McBurney.
“Our seniors have 22 years of varsity experience between them, some have been on the team for three years and Shaffer has been on the team four years,” Kennedy said. “They have meant a lot to our program.”
On Friday night, the Bruins were edged by ninth-ranked Gunnery at Hartong Rink, 4-3.
Shaffer netted his 14th goal of to open the scoring in the first period, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
Facing a 4-2 deficit in the third period, Brunswick made it a one-goal game at 11:59, as Jude Brower notched his third goal of the season.
Brunswick visits Albany Academy on Feb. 13
Brunswick lost an FAA road matchup to Hamden Hall on Friday, 77-58. With the loss, the Bruins’ record stands at 4-13 overall and 3-8 in league play.
Ryan Mulshine scored all of his team-leading 18 points in the first half, including four 3-pointers. Keyed by the strong individual shooting of Mulshine, the Bruins led 27-20.
The Hornets closed out the half with a decisive 27-4 run to take a 47-31 lead heading into the half.
In the second half, the Bruins could not significantly close the gap.
Chisom Okpara added 17 points, while Henry Caponiti chipped in six points.
The Bruins travel to Salisbury on Monday for a non-league game, followed by a pair of FAA contests later in the week to conclude regular-season action.