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BVH Upsets Predictions On Way to 3rd at Flood-Marr

BVH Upsets Predictions On Way to 3rd at Flood-Marr

BVH Upsets Predictions On Way to 3rd at Flood-Marr

BRENNAN CAIL '24

Boys Varsity Hockey finished in 3rd place at the annual Flood Marr Tournament.

Staff Writer

January 18, 2024

Charan Venkataswamy '26

Boys Varsity Hockey fought hard to clinch third place in the prestigious 58th annual Flood Marr Holiday Tournament, which took place at Milton Academy’s Roberts Rink and Nobles and Greenough Academy’s Flood Rink from December 15 to 17. 


New England Hockey Journal, which reports on prep school hockey across the region, labeled the Bearcats’ performance as the only upset of the competition, after an initial prediction which put Hotchkiss towards the bottom of the field. 


This year, Milton Academy hosted Nobles and Greenhough, Deerfield Academy, Phillips Andover Academy, and Salisbury School from the Harding division, and Hotchkiss, Kimball Union, and Westminster School from the Owen division. T


he school’s team first faced off against the defending champions, a talented Milton roster, at nine in the morning on Friday, December 15. Hotchkiss held on to an early lead and never looked back. Forwards Evan Jones ’25, Jack McGregor ’25, Jake Owens ’24, and Brennan Cail ’24 scored, leading the team to a 5-1 victory. 


At seven that evening, the team met Westminster’s team, which was coming off a 5-0 loss to Kimball Union. Towards the end of the first period, Cail netted the first goal to give the Beartcats a 1-0 advantage. In the second period, Westminster responded with a game-tying goal. Owens tallied one early in the last period to regain the advantage, but Westminster answered with another goal. Both teams went scoreless in overtime, leading to a tie. 


At three in the afternoon on Saturday, December 16, the team competed against Kimball Union. Kimball managed two goals, but Hotchkiss kept pace with both Cail and Jones scoring one each for a comeback. However, Kimball scored the winner in sudden death overtime. 


After pool play, the school’s team secured a second seed spot in the Owen division, to contend with the second seed from the Harding division, Nobles and Greenhough. Both teams had many scoring opportunities, but neither team could find the back of the net. Goalie Connor Towle ’25 saved 31 shots to keep the game tied 0-0. The Bearcats finished the tournament with a record of one win, two ties, and one loss, placing third out of eight teams. Kimball Union emerged as the winner of the entire tournament. 


The coaches and players were pleased by the team’s performance throughout the tournament. Cail said, “The tournament was a confidence- booster, proving that the team is capable of playing toe-to-toe with any team in our league. We need to work on controlling leads and not stepping off the pedal. Even though we have found success in scoring the first goal in a majority of our games, I feel like we struggle to hold these leads. We have had some games where this was not the case, but I believe this is an area that can improve. My expectation for the rest of the season is that we take it one game at a time and treat every game the same. We have a long stretch of games coming up, and it is crucial that we don’t look ahead of our schedule and map out a final record.” 


The team’s next home game is against Berkshire on January 24.

Charan Venkataswamy is a staff writer for The Record.

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