Brunswick School scored two of the first three goals of Friday night’s game against The Gunnery at Hartong Rink, but as the matchup progressed, it was apparent it was the visitors’ night.
Registering seven unanswered goals, Gunnery avenged a loss to Brunswick last week by posting an impressive 8-2 win in a NEPSAC game.
Brunswick beat Gunnery, 5-2, on the road on Feb. 14, but Gunnery returned the favor on Friday.
“The puck just seemed to go in for them tonight,” Brunswick coach Mike Kennedy said. “Things looked good for us early. We were controlling possession and we had a lot of offensive zone time. But it just wasn’t our night all around.”
Gunnery scored the game’s opening goal when junior forward Matteo Giampo tallied 1:30 into the first period. The Bruins took a 2-1 advantage with a pair of goals one minute apart of each other. Sophomore forward Andon Cerbone scored off an assist from freshman forward Matthew McGroarty and junior defenseman Ben Presley nine minutes into the first period. The Bruins made it 2-1 when senior forward Jakub Teply tallied one minute later. Freshman forward James Shannon assisted on the Bruins’ last goal of the night.
The Highlanders took the lead for good on goals from junior defenseman Eric Charpentier and junior forward Michael Casey late in the first period.
Senior forward Dane Dowiak had the only goal of the second period for the Higlanders, putting a shot past Bruins junior goalie Alexander Rohlf, bringing the score to 4-2.
“The first period, it was disappointing going into the locker room down by a goal, after playing so well in the first period,” Kennedy said.
Alex Jefferies converted a snap shot from the left wing, 11:01 into the third period, extending the visitors’ advantage to 5-2. The Highlanders raised their record to 16-11-3. Brunswick, which entered the game in position to make the NEPSAC Elite 8 Tournament, with an eighth-place ranking, is 19-7-2.
HOCKEY COMMUNITY UNITING FOR AN IMPORTANT CAUSE
Brunswick coach Mike Kennedy’s daughter, Katie, a kindergartner at Greenwich Academy, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in November. Ewing’s Sarcoma is a rare, but treatable form of bone cancer. Katie has been undergoing chemotherapy and is impressing her parents and inspiring the Brunswick hockey team with her strength and positive attitude.
She was in attendance for Friday night’s game and dropped the ceremonial puck prior to the game. To raise money, Brunswick School sold T-shirts during Friday’s game, with half of the funds going to Alex’s Lemonade Stand — a charity which researches various ways to beat childhood cancer.
The other half of the profits will support Trinity-Pawling School hockey coach Bobby Ferraris. Ferraris is battling cancer and is in need of financial assistance.
All of the prep schools this weekend are raising money for these two causes. Along with Brunswick, Greenwich Academy also sold T-shirts at school on Friday to support the causes.
Donors can also send money to WickHockeyFightsCancer on venmo.
“It means a lot that everyone came together in support of a good cause,” Kennedy said. “It hits close to home for me, so it’s nice to see the team and the community raise a ton of money and show support for our family.”