Brunswick hockey team edged by Millbrook in OT
GREENWICH — Generating shots on goal certainly wasn’t a problem for the Brunswick School hockey team Wednesday’sagainst Millbrook School.
Yet scoring was a bit of an issue for the Bruins, who didn’t get the outcome they wanted despite registering nearly twice as many shots as Millbrook.
Senior forward Tyler Kelly’s goal with 2 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in overtime propelled Millbrook to a well-earned 3-2 win over Brunswick in a NEPSIHA Division I game.
The visitors were outshot by the Bruins 40-23 yet posted a rare win against one of their rivals at Hartong Rink.
“This is a really hard place to win games, so this is an especially great win for our team,” Millbrook coach Vincent Sorriento said. “There are so many teams packed up in our division, so this is a big-boy win as they call it.”
The win improved the Mustangs’ record to 8-6-1 overall and 7-6-1 in New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association Division I play. Brunswick is 7-7-3 overall and 7-6-3 in the division.
“You outshoot a team by a 2-1 ratio and lose, there’s not much you can do about it,” Brunswick coach Ron VanBelle said. “We had a bunch of good chances and we did everything we could do to win the game. I thought we deserved a better outcome tonight.”
On the game-goal, Millbrook senior forward Zach Taylor moved the puck to Kelly, who was positioned inside the right faceoff circle. Kelly gathered the puck and went top shelf with his snap shot, giving the Mustangs a 3-2 win.
“Coming off a 7-1 loss to Kent in a game where we didn’t show up half the game, it was great to come out of here with a win,” Sorriento said. “After they tied the game we took a breath and responded well.”
A shorthanded goal tied the score at 2-2 for the Bruins with 9:28 remaining in the third period. Junior defenseman Cooper Moore stuffed a rebound in the open goal, as Mustangs junior goalie Cam Fernandez couldn’t get in position to stop the shot after attempting to get in front of a shot off the stick of senior forward Brendan Gregoire.
The Bruins had the momentum the opening minute of the five-minute overtime with senior defenseman Ryan Carmichael registering a pair of shots on goal. But Fernandez kept it a 2-2 game.
“Cam was great,” Sorriento said. “They had a lot of shots and he was swallowing the puck or tipping it away from the corner.”
Senior forward Greg Koutsomitis scored off a Bruins turnover in the defensive zone, giving the Mustangs 1-0 edge 3:45 into the first period. Brunswick quickly countered, getting a goal from junior defenseman Henry Hill at the 4:26 mark. Moore and Carmichael were each credited with assists on the tally. Koutsomitis made it 2-1 when he converted a shot from between the circles with 4:22 to go in the first period.
Dachille made 21 saves for the Bruins while Fernandez stopped 38 shots in the winning effort.
“We’re disappointed with the outcome, but not with our effort,” VanBelle said. “Just a week ago, we put eight goals in against Taft and we played a great brand of hockey again today, but the the puck just didn’t go in. There was a lot of puck luck involved tonight.”
Brunswick hosts Hoosac School Saturday at 5 p.m.
MILLBROOK 3, BRUNSWICK 2 (OT)
MILLBROOK 2 0 0 1 — 3
BRUNSWICK 1 0 1 0 — 2
Goals: M — Greg Koutsomitis 2, Tyler Kelly; B — Henry Hill, Cooper More; Assists: M — Zach Taylor 2; B — Moore, Ryan Carmichael, Brendan Gregoire, Tim Carter; Goalies: M — Cam Fernandez (38 saves); B — Dan Dachille (20 saves).
Records: Millbrook 8-6-1; Brunswick 7-7-3.