PORTLAND – March 25, 2016
Third-seeded Brunswick Junior High School A Team defeated first-seeded South Portland 5-4 to win the Hawkins Division (A1) championship of the Southern Maine Middle School Hockey League at Troubh Ice Arena in Portland. The last time a Brunswick team won the A division was in 2003.
Brunswick came out strong with Michael Marro scoring 35 seconds into the contest, assisted by Tyler Patterson. Later in the period, Defenseman Henry Burnham fired a mighty shot from the blue line to beat the South Portland goalie after a nice pass from Liam Hemberger. Alec Hess started out the second period for Brunswick with an unassisted goal on a strong individual effort, rifling the puck high. But South Portland did not fold, and answered with three goals in the period. In the third period, Alec Hess scored twice more for the hat trick, the first with an assist from Griffin Johnson. South Portland countered with 5:04 on the clock to close the gap, but the Brunswick team hung on strong with tenacious goaltending by Spencer Marquis.
After strewing their equipment on the ice, the Brunswick team lofted the Mariner Cup trophy with great pride and happiness.
“It was a great way to cap off the Jr. High School hockey experience for seven out of twelve of the kids who will be moving up to play hockey at the high school next year,” said head coach David Israel. “Especially, after having started the season in a lower division (A2) and challenging the kids to rise to the high level of hockey we knew they were capable of playing. They have really come together as a team over the year and we couldn’t be any prouder of them. Before the game, coach Ben Hemberger and I reminded them that we were collecting team jerseys at the end of the night – win or lose it was the end out our season – and that no matter which way the game went, we would be proud of them if the jerseys came back drenched in the sweat of hard work and having fun on the ice. It has been a real pleasure to watch them all develop over the years, starting out in Jr. Polar Bear youth hockey, skating over at Bowdoin.”