MARLBORO, MA - The Junior Bruins U18 team is off to a scorching start this season and they continued their impressive play with a three win day on Sunday to take down the 2012 College Cup championship.
The team opened the weekend with its worst performance to date but still managed to beat the NY Saints by a 6-3 margin. They bounced back Saturday morning at Wesleyan University with a 2-0 shutout of the Boston Advantage. It was a hard fought, physical game and the Bruins air tight defense and timely scoring (goals from Tucker Cobb and Chris Walsh) were the difference. Saturday night it was a match up of teams both ranked in the top 10 nationally. The #9 ranked CT. Wolfpack Elite and #5 ranked B’s met at Yale University and played to a 3-3 tie. The B’s look to have had the game won but squandered a 3-2 lead with just minutes to play. That still earned them a #1 seed and a quarterfinal game with a familiar opponent.
The NJ Freeze, who the B’s beat just a week ago in New Jersey by an 8-3 score, are the fall team of the nationally ranked high school power Delbarton (NJ). For the second time in a week the B’s were too much for them scoring a 4-0 win and moving onto the semi finals and a rematch with the Wolfpack.
In the semi finals the Bruins raced out to a 3-0 lead and looked to have the game won but the Wolfpack came storming back and made it 3-3 with just minutes to go. Shortly thereafter the Bruins got the game winning goal with just 2:40 to play and moved onto the finals. In the game, defenseman Zach Malatesta picked up three goals to lead the way offensively.
The finals brought a second Wolfpack team and another great defensive effort by the black and gold leading to a 3-1 win. Cobb, Bryan Lemos and Hamilton Whyte scored for the Bruins while rearguards Malatesta, Blais, Mat Harris, Nick Centauro, Tucker White, Chris Walsh and Teddy Marshall were a force all game (and weekend).
“The team played great all weekend,” coach Dan Tatar commented. “In a few of these games we are playing prep school all star teams and still coming out on top. It says a lot for the talent and work ethic of the players. To see where our team is at today as compared to the beginning of the season is remarkable.”