|Berkshire Bruins Peewees Win Gib Kittredge Title|
|By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports|
04:03PM / Sunday, March 05, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Henry Easton recorded a hat trick and assisted on a goal Sunday afternoon to lead the Berkshire Bruins Peewees to a 6-0 win over Holy Name of Springfield in the championship game of the Gib Kittredge Tournament at the Boys and Girls Club.
The host Bruins went 1-1 in title games as their Squirts Division squad battled to a 5-3 loss to Salisbury, Conn.
The Peewees jumped on top early in the day’s first final.
Easton set up Gabe Locke for the eventual game-winner in the second minute of play.
Fourteen seconds later, the Bruins doubled their lead when Kydd Kearns set up Easton for his first goal of the game.
His second came just moments later on Berkshire’s first power play opportunity. Ronan MacDonald fired a shot toward the net from high on the left point, and Easton tipped it home to make it a 3-0 game.
Early in the second period, Easton scored again on the power play, this time picking up a loose puck in the slot, firing a shot on net and cashing in the rebound with a shot off a defenseman’s skate and into the goal.
Midway through the second period, Johnny Ireland intercepted a Holy Name pass in the neutral zone and raced in for a 1-on-none opportunity with the keeper. He cashed in the opportunity to put Berkshire on top, 5-0.
Paulie Tesaneiro rounded out the scoring with a power play goal late in the second.
Brooke Lange earned the win in goal for the Bruins, who went 4-0 in the three-day tournament, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 24-1.
The Salisbury Redhawks dominated the tournament’s Squirts Division, outscoring their opposition, 21-4, in their first three games – including a 7-1 win over the Bruins in Friday’s opener.
And the rematch looked headed toward a similar result when Salisbury took a 4-0 lead midway through the second period on Sunday.
But the Bruins outscored the Redhawks, 3-1, in the third period and made it a two-goal game with five minutes left before Salisbury was able to hold on for the title.
William Nicols scored the first two goals late in the first period for Salisbury, which doubled its lead with a power play goal and a well-placed rebound by Mia Russell (one goal, one assist) in the second.
The Bruins got on the board in the 35th minute, when William Nichols entered the offensive zone on the right wing, carried the puck to faceoff dot and sent a laser into the top corner to make it 4-1.
Salisbury got that goal back a minute and a half later, but the Bruins kept coming.
With 6:08 left to play, William Bayliss followed his own shot and put home a rebound to make it 5-2.
A minute later, William Antil skated through three Salisbury defenders before lighting the lamp for Berkshire.
The Bruins pulled keeper Angelo Carpenter with about 1:30 left to play, but Salisbury’s defense held up in the closing minutes to secure the win.