NYA vs. Brooks – NYA defeated Brooks 2-0 in both teams last game of the Brooks-Pingree Tournament. In the first period both teams traded chances. Brooks carried most of the play in the first period but NYA did not shy away. They came out to score a Power Play goal to open the second stanza. The goal was scored by Julian Etauri from Andrew Anagnostopoulos 28 seconds into the the period. This created momentum for NYA and they ran with it. They did a nice job calming the storm that Brooks was trying to stir up. NYA capitalized again on the Power Play with a goal from Jared Buckner off a shot from the top of the circles. The second period would end with NYA ahead 2-0. The third period had chances for both teams. NYA played well in their own end to stop the Brooks attack in the third. Stefan Kulhanek recorded a shut out for NYA making key saves to secure the victory.
1. Stefan Kulhanek (NYA)
2. Julian Etauri (NYA)
3. Parker Sondag (Brooks)
This championship game represented a rematch of last year’s championship in which Millbrook defeated New Hampton in a 22-round shootout at Brooks. It was a bit of a slow start but with two minutes remaining in the first, New Hampton got on the board first when Cole Hipkin ripped one bar and in to make it 1-0.
The Huskies carried that momentum into the second and scored two late goals 10 seconds apart. The first came off the stick of forward Ryan Mahlmeister and the second by Sacred Heart commit Marcus Joughin off a nice 5-hole finish.
In the third period, New Hampton put the game away with an early tally by senior Cory Morris and although Millbrook mounted a comeback attempt with goals by forwards Ethan Cott and Shane Albert it was not enough to overcome the deficit as Dartmouth commit Isaac McLeod squashed that after Millbrook’s second goal scoring only three seconds later with a great short side wrist shot. Final score 5-2 New Hampton.
Both teams played well in this championship game however New Hampton had excellent layers defensively and Millbrook just could not find any ways to get through them for most of the game. Both teams have D1 committed players but ultimately it was MacLeod and Joughin who were the difference makers. As a result, the Huskies went 4-0 on the weekend – because both players were excellent in all facets.
1st Star: F Marcus Joughin (New Hampton)
2nd Star: G Lucas Brine (New Hampton)
3rd Star: F Shane Albert (Millbrook)