Winter sports season comes to a close

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(For the complete Brunswick-Cape Elizabeth boys’ hockey game story, see theforecaster.net)

The winter sports season has come to an end after the last team standing, the Brunswick boys’ hockey squad, lost last week.

The Dragons earned the No. 3 seed in Class B South, but fell behind visiting No. 6 Cape Elizabeth early and couldn’t catch up in a quarterfinal round battle.

Cape Elizabeth scored on its first shot, just nine seconds in, as Ben Ekedahl scored.

Later in the first period, sophomore Sean Agrodnia scored twice and the Capers took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.

Well aware that no lead is safe in the postseason, the Capers went out and played a strong second period as well, as Jeb Boechenstein and freshman Philip Tarling added goals to make it 5-0 and essentially lock up the victory.

The Dragons did get two goals from senior Nate Granholm in the third period, but it wasn’t enough and Cape Elizabeth went on to a 5-2 victory.

The Capers advanced to the semifinals for the fifth time in six seasons (they lost, 5-4, to No. 2 Gardiner) and ended Brunswick’s season at 9-9-1.

“We knew Cape was probably the toughest matchup for us based on earlier results,” said Brunswick coach Bill Bodwell. “They’re deep, we’re not. We knew it would be a tough game. (The first goal was) not how we drew it up, but after that, we carried the next 10 minutes. We outshot them and had chances. The last few minutes were pretty rough. It was just one of those nights. We got no breaks.”

The Dragons put together a solid season and set the stage for future success.

“I think the big thing is the culture of hockey in Brunswick is slowly changing,” Bodwell said. “The boys have worked hard. I have guys who care about hockey now. We had a lot of sophomores out on the ice tonight. I think they gained a lot of experience.”

New Englands

Several local track and field athletes turned heads at last weekend’s New England indoor track and field championship meet in Boston.

Brunswick’s Keenan Welzel was 12th in the boys’ 1,000 (2 minutes, 36.14 seconds). Mt. Ararat’s Cameron Meier was 21st in the two-mile (10:14.69). Morse’s Chris Walfield came in 23rd in the two-mile (10:58.10).

On the girls’ side, Brunswick’s Tiffany Tanner came in 21st in the 1,000 (3:11.71). Mt. Ararat’s Katherine Leckbee placed 27th in the two-mile (11:53.10).

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Brunswick’s Michael Deveaux is denied on a rush during last week’s 5-2 home loss to Cape Elizabeth in a Class B South boys’ hockey quarterfinal.

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