Brunswick ice hockey blanks Choate, 3-0

Last night at the Hartong Rink, the Brunswick School ice hockey team used three hard-working, high-energy periods to defeat ninth-ranked Choate Rosemary Hall, 3-0.

The Wild Boars, who sport victories over Westminster, Deerfield, and Andover, were the fourth consecutive top 10 opponent on the Brunswick schedule. The win brings the Bruins’ record back to the .500 mark at 5-5-3.

In the opening eighteen minutes, Brunswick solidified a strong forecheck and a quick transition game, earning a handful of quality scoring chances. The Bruins’ work ethic led to a power play goal, as junior Steph Seeger craftily tipped home a sophomore Nick Jermain slapper for his team-leading 10th of the year. Senior co-captain Gryphon Richardson preserved the lead at the break, making 10 saves between the pipes for the Bruins.

The second period provided much of the same from each team, with both squads generating opportunities off the rush and the in-zone forecheck. Brunswick was the only team able to get on the board, however, as sophomore Tommy Dunleavy found a loose puck in front of the Choate net and pushed it over the goal line to secure the 2-0 lead for the Bruins.

Richardson was tested a bit more in the second but proved up to the task, turning aside 13 more Wild Boar shots.

The Brunswick defense stood strong in the third period to help withstand a swarming Choate offense, especially in the game’s final minutes. Senior defensemen Andre Masse blocked two critical shots, and junior Sebbi Foster back-checked relentlessly to deny Choate any second chance opportunities. Jermain secured the key win with an empty-net-goal with less than 10 seconds remaining.

Richardson finished the evening with 36 stops, a flurry of which came after Choate pulled its goalie late in the contest. His counterpart for Choate had 29 saves.

Brunswick will return to action on tomorrow at Millbrook. The Mustangs trounced the Bruins 5-1 only 10 days ago at the Nichols/Belmont Hill Tournament. The tilt is set for 4:30 p.m.

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