Girls Prep Hockey – Patsy Odden Large School Championship: BB&N Shuts Door On Dexter Southfield, Takes 1-0 Win For Title

Gary Demopoulos
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Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Scuffling in the early going, Buckingham Browne & Nichols in mid-January headed to Quebec to play two games against Stanstead College Prep.

The Knights lost big in the first game. They also lost game two, but just by one on a late goal. Despite the two losses, it was the turning point of the season.

BB&N finshed the regular season on a 9-4-2 run, and continued that momentum into the post-season, culminating in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Dexter Southfield to claim the program’s second Large School title in three years.

Savana Littlewood
BB&N

“The team bonded on that short trip,” said BB&N coach Ed Bourget, “but more importantly they figured out how to play as a team and use each other effectively as a six-person unit. Each and every player on our team practiced hard all year and was instrumental to our success. Our thought process came together on that trip and we realized that no one player was bigger or more importand that anyone else on the team. We won as a team.”

The only goal of the game came in the first period. Junior Savanna Littlewood scored it, assisted by Annika Singh and Kate Glantz.

Moe Tarrant MVP winner Aleksa Caron of BB&N

From there, the BB&N defense and senior goaltender Alexsa Caron, who was named the tournament’s Moe Tarrant MVP Award winner, closed the door on Dexter Southfield.

The Knights won three one-goal games in the post-season. They also knocked off Thayer 3-2 in the quarterfinals, and beat top-seeded Choate 2-1 in overtime in the semifinal.

“Each position had a role to fill and they executed it perfectly during the playoff stretch” Bourget said. “Goalies make the first save and controlled their rebounds while the D and centers picked up sticks around the net front. We worked on it all season long and it paid dividends. As a result, we won a championship through hard work and attention to detail in the defensive zone.

BB&N finished the season at 16-10-4 overall. Dexter Southfield ended at 16-10-1.

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