Brunswick rallied from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits and came from behind to defeat Frederick Gunn by a score of 6-5 on Friday night in Washington, Conn.
The heavy and fast Highlanders blitzed the Bruins in the first nine minutes and 31 seconds of the game, scoring three goals and looking like they were going to blow ’Wick out of the building.
But the visitors called timeout and talked quickly about weathering the storm and starting the contest over from scratch. The Bruins didn’t have to tie the tilt in one shift. They had 44 minutes to do so.
Turns out they wouldn’t need all that time.
Junior Sean Gibbons got the Bruins on the board on the power play with 1:27 to go in the opening frame, sniping one home from the slot after a smooth entry and passes from classmates Cooper Cleaves and Drew DellaSalla — 3-1 after one.
Senior A-cap Eli Friedman pinballed the puck off the Gunn goalie and into the back of the net on the first shift of the second on a 4 v 4 situation, making it clear to all in Linen Rink that Brunswick wasn’t going anywhere. The Bruins ultimately dominated the period and sandwiched two more tallies around the hosts' lone goal of the middle stanza.
The first came from co-captain James Shannon, who committed to Quinnipiac University earlier in the day, and the second from senior Sloan Farmer on a seeing-eye wrister from the point on the PP. Junior Brendan Giles was in on both goals (and had three assists on the night).
4-4 after two with Brunswick carrying the play and the momentum.
The tide continued to swing in ’Wick’s direction to open the third, as junior Ryan Wachtel knocked home a rebound with 12 minutes remaining and Shannon snapped home another coming down his off wing (just 45 seconds later) to give the White and Brown a 6-4 lead.
Gunn didn’t go quietly and crept within one with a power-play goal of its own at the 12:49 mark.
In the final five minutes, Brunswick locked it down defensively and killed off one more penalty in the last minute to seal the gutsy road win.
Junior Will Baker came on in relief — not an easy job — and played a poised and solid game between the pipes to earn the victory.
Others not on the stat sheet but deserving of recognition include senior d-men Niko Cadoret, Collin Eschricht, and Hunter Spiess — as well as junior forward Luke Drury, who did all the hard things it takes to win hockey games.
Right back at it tomorrow at home against Berkshire. 3:30 start at Hartong.