Girls Prep Hockey – Patsy Odden Large School Title Game: BB&N Earns Crown With 4-1 Win Over Top-Seeded Deerfield

Gary Demopoulos
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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BB&N is the Patsy Odden Large School champions for 2022 after a 4-1 win over Deerfield.

Back in the pre-season, BB&N fully expected to be a contender amongst the Girls Prep ranks, but a rather slow start to the season may have tempered those expectations a bit.

But, the Knights didn’t waver in their focus, putting things together and getting the #2 seed in the Large School post-season tourament.

Now, BB&N is the Patsy Odden Large School Tournament champions, knocking off top-seeded Deerfield, 4-1, in Sunday’s title tilt.

“I feel that the slow start can be attributed to our youth and COVID,” said BB&N coach Ed Bourget. “We lost a bunch of players to COVID and we finally recovered and got healthy in mid January. We have 18 players in the ninth and tenth grade so I feel that we were becoming acquainted to speed and pace of play early in the year. The general message to the team was focus on improving yourself every day and that’s how we approached the second half. We didn’t focus on the scores or the wins and losses, but rather the process of improvement.”

Alexsa Caron
Tourament MVP

Starting with a 3-2 overtime win in mid-January over Rivers, which won the Small School title on Sunday, the Knights had an impressive 6-2-1 run, which included wins over Loomis Chaffee and Governor’s Academy, and a tie with Nobles. The only two losses in that stretch were to Nobles and Phillips Andover.

Sophia Kennedy

Against the Big Green, BB&N (13-10-3) scored a pair of goals in the second period to assume control. The game-winning goal came off the stick of senior Ashley Hallice.

Freshman Hannah Weyerhaeuser scored two goals and added an assist, while senior Sophia Kennedy had a goal and assist. Gail Levy chipped in with two assists.

And, sophomore goaltender Alexsa Caron was named Tournament MVP, making 28 saves in the final, to go along with 24 stops in Saturday’s 3-1 semifinal win over Hotchkiss.

Senior Emma Gurnell scored the lone goal for Deerfield in the third period.

“Deerfield was an amazing team and they are fast and strong. We wanted to neutralize that team by getting pucks deep in the offensive zone and taking away their transition game,” Bourget said. “The key juncture of the game was the second period. We finally found the back of the net and it gave our team the confidence to continue with the game plan that we spoke about before the game. Deerfield played an amazing game and challenged us all game long. Their players never quit and it’s a tribute to their head coach, Brooke Fernandez. She had them ready to play and it was an amazing game.”

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  1. Awesome story, thanks! Minor correction, it’s “Alexsa” not “Aleksa” Caron — if you could fix the tag that’d be great, you’ll have many more occasions to tag her going forward 🙂


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