Senior Jude Brower’s power-play, slapshot goal in overtime won the game for Brunswick over Trinity-Pawling on Senior Night in Hartong Rink on Friday, 4-3. The game was also the regular season finale for the Bruins (20-7-2, 17-7-2 NEPSIHA), as Brunswick will learn its postseason fate on Sunday for the upcoming NEPSIHA Championships.
The Bruins owned the action in the early minutes of the first period, highlighted by a goal from Connor Welsh off a nice centering pass by Michael Salandra at 7:10.
Trinity-Pawling tied the game at 1-1, as the visitors netted a goal on a breakaway at 9:47.
The two teams orderly exchanged goals two more times in the first two periods, as Brunswick took a one-goal lead only to be answered by Trinity-Pawling each time.
The Bruins made it a 2-1 contest later in the first period, converting a breakaway of their own, as Salandra received a long pass on the T-P blue line from teammate Jakub Teply from deep in the Brunswick defensive zone. Salandra potted the puck off the pipes with just under three minutes left in the first period.
The Pride knotted the game at 2-2 in the second period, netting a doorstep marker at 8:36.
Later in the second, the Bruins took a 3-2 lead, as Salandra took a cross-ice feed from Teply, and lit the lamp for goal number 14 goal on the season.
The Pride countered with another game-tying tally with a nifty wrap-around goal at 11:03, as the two teams headed into the final frame dead-locked at 3-3.
Neither team could muster a go-ahead goal in the third period, as the game continued with a five-minute overtime session.
Midway through overtime, Trinity-Pawling was whistled for a two-minute penalty with 2:20 left to play, setting up Brower’s 5-on-4 game-winning blast with 1:46 left on the clock.
This was the final regular season game for eight Brunswick seniors: Jude Brower, Shayan Farjam (A), Will Forrest, Henry Foster (C), Jack Griffin, Connor Sullivan (C), Harry Tavlarios and Jakub Teply.
Trin-Pawl 1 2 0 0 = 3
Brunswick 2 1 0 1 = 4
(B) Connor Welsh (Michael Salandra, Henry Dale) 7:10
(T) Taylor Ewing (Frank Djurasevic) 9:47
(B) Michael Salandra (Jakub Teply) 15:07
(T) Taylor Ewing (John Gelatt, Sam Nichols) 8:36
(B) Michael Salandra (Jakub Teply, James Shannon) 10:19
(T) Jack Musa (Sam Nichols) 11:03
(B) Jude Brower (Andon Cerbone) 5X4 3:14
(T) Cam Carroll (58:00) 36/40 (4 GA)
(B) Alexander Rohlf (58:00) 17/20 (3 GA)