Brunswick topped Greenwich H.S. by an 10-7 margin in the finals of the 45th Cardinal Cup on Saturday. With the win, the Bruins are back-to-back champions of the historic local tournament, as Brunswick won the title in 2018, besting the host Cardinals in the finals, 11-7.
The Bruins (18-1) currently hold an eight-game winning streak over their cross-town rivals, including back-to-back wins over Greenwich High in the title round of the Beast of the East Tournament in Pennsylvania.
Brunswick reached the finals of this year’s 12-team event after winning its group with a 2-0 mark. The Bruins dispatched the Staples H.S. in the first game on Friday (17-2) and Loomis Chaffee (18-2) in the second contest later that night.
In the semifinals on Saturday afternoon, Brunswick handled Greenwich Aquatics (13-6), setting up the showdown with Cardinals in the finals on Saturday night.
Leading 3-2 after the first quarter of the championship, the Bruins extended their lead to 5-3 at the half. Gavin Molloy set-up three Kyle Yelensky tallies in the first frame, as Molloy netted a marker in the second quarter.
The Cardinals opened the third quarter with a three-goal run, as the hosts took a 6-5 lead with 4:35 left.
Brunswick countered with an impressive four-goal burst to close out the quarter, giving the visitors a 9-6 advantage. Yelensky tied the game with a goal at 3:37, while Molloy followed with a go-ahead goal at 2:27, as the Bruins took a 7-6 lead. Brunswick’s JP Ohl continued the scoring with a goal just over a minute later, as Gavin West closed out the run with a solo marker with less than a minute to play in the frame.
Holding a three-goal lead to start the fourth quarter, the Bruins added an insurance goal, as West notched another solo marker 3:43 to play. The Cardinals netted the last goal of championship game, as the Bruins took the title, 10-7.
Brunswick also entered a “B” team in the tournament, as the squad finished with a 1-2 record.
Yelensky (16 goals), Ohl (10 goals), Molloy (8 goals) along with goalie Hayden Collins were named to the all-tournament team.
Brunswick 3 2 4 1 – 10
Greenwich H.S. 2 1 3 1 – 7
Goals: Kyle Yelensky (4), Gavin West (2), Gavin Molloy (2), JP Ohl (2)
Saves: Hayden Collins (9)
Brunswick – 13
Greenwich Aquatics – 6
Goals: Kyle Yelensky (4), Gavin West (2), Gavin Molloy (2), JP Ohl (2), Luke Apostolides (1), Ivey Gehring (1), Vilas Sogaard-Srikrishnan (1)
Saves: Hayden Collins (11)
Brunswick – 18
Loomis Chaffee – 2
Goals: Luke Apostolides (3), Kyle Yelensky (3), JP Ohl (3), Ivey Gehring (2), Danny Taylor (2), Gavin Molloy (2), Vilas Sogaard-Srikrishnan (1), Patrick Mullen (1), Jack Moore (1)
Saves: Hayden Collins (3) Ryan Miele (2)
Brunswick – 17
Staples – 2
Goals: Kyle Yelensky (5), JP Ohl (3), Patrick Mullen (2), Gavin West (2), Gavin Molloy (2), Vilas Sogaard-Srikrishnan (1), Jack Moore (1), Danny Taylor (1)