Bishops Defeat Top-Seed Kents Hill 4-1
Utilizing an opportunistic offense and an impressive display of defensive hockey, third-seeded Brooks captured the 2013 Piatelli/Simmons Small School prep championship, knocking off top-seeded Kents Hill, 4-1, in the title game. It was first New England hockey championship for Brooks, the Eberhart Division kingpins.
“This is just an unbelievable group of kids,” said Brooks coach Dave Ries. “And not just on the ice. They do all the right things.” The Bishops did plenty right in this title game, holding the highpowered Kents Hill attack to just 15 shots on goal. “We pride ourselves in playing solid defense,” Ries said. “We took away the middle of the ice and kept them mostly to the outside, and we blocked a lot of shots. It was quite an accomplishment for our guys.”
The Bishops (18-7-5) took a 1-0 lead after the first period on a goal by defenseman Cam Armstrong, his first of the season. Ben Seifert won a faceoff to the left of Kents Hill goalie Kyle Porter back to defenseman Connor Moore at the right point. Moore’s shot was blocked, but bounded right to Armstrong, who whistled a wrist shot through Porter’s legs. Brooks forged ahead 2-0 at the 5:19 mark of the second period when K.J. Moore intercepted an errant Kents Hill clearout, moved in and whistled a wrist shot just under the cross bar.
Ian Speliotis expanded the Brooks lead to 3-0 at the 11-minute mark, A Kents Hill shot was blocked at the blue line, springing Speliotis on a breakaway. He calmly deked the goalie and put home a backhander. “That was big goal for us,” Ries said. “It settled things down.” Simon Garneau got Kents Hill on the scoreboard at 14:25 when he deflected a Ben Harwood shot past Brooks netminder Colin Langham. But the Huskies would get no closer.
Nick Vasilopoulos restored Brooks’ three-goal margin at 2:40 of the third period when he blasted home the rebound of a P.J. Kelleher shot. “The last week of the season we had to bet Rivers, St. George’s and BB&N to win the Eberhart Division,” said Ries. “Basically, it was a playoff. The kids did a great job and were focused heading into this tournament.” Brooks defeated Middlesex in the quarterfinals and then edged Tilton School in the semifinals.