MARLBOROUGH, MA- The 2001 Junior Bruins “Brick” Team kicked off the 2011 Junior Bruins AAA tournament team season and did it in style going 5-0 on the weekend en route to the tournament title. In the finals they beat the Renegades Elite team by a 9-1 score led by the hat trick of forward Jacob Banks and the two goal effort of Zack Jones.
The team got off to a good start beating up on the PEI Riptide by an 11-1 score. In the game forward Matt Boldy had a five point performance (3 goals/2 assists) as did linemate Conor Lovett (2 goals/3 assists).
Up next was a good test from the Montreal based Performe Plus on Saturday morning. The team got strong play from the defense core of Henry Thrun, Matt Cormier, Jack Venturelli, Chopper Lockhart, Von Mabbs and Peirce Kenney keeping the Performe Plus out of the B’s zone most of the game and limiting their offensive chances. The B’s power play struck twice as Pat Moynihan and Banks scored with the man advantage to propel them to a 4-1 win.
Saturday afternoon the team squared off with Granite State Selects team that was over matched. The B’s skated to a 16-0 victory.
Sunday morning was, for all intents and pruproses, the finals. The Bruins, the #2 seed in the playoffs, hosted the #3 seed England Storm. The B’s did not show up ready to play and were outplayed for most of the game and were staring down the barrel of a 4-2 deficit with less than 30 seconds to play and the goalie pulled. Lovett scored a beautiful goal skating down the right wing, into the zone and then beating a defender to the net and getting the B’s to within one…but with only :17 remaining on the clock.
After a timeout was called, the black and gold, dressed in their new third jerseys, executed to perfection and Thor Griffith tied the game only nine seconds later to force overtime.
The extra sessions didn’t last long as Lovett, on a play similar to the game tying goal, scored just :17 into OT to send the B’s piling onto the ice in celebration and the Storm stunned at what had happened over the last 34 seconds.
“We certainly did not play well, were out worked for most of the game and that was a disappointment,” coach Chris Masters commented following the game. “What was certainly encouraging is the teams resolve and ability to fight till the end. In my 11 years of coaching I have never been involved in a game where we had a comeback as improbable as that.”