Ross Cup & Hockey Banquet
The Brentwood Hockey program recently hosted the annual Ross Cup Hockey Tournament. Because of the program’s large numbers and diversity, Brentwood was able to enter three teams, two mixed boys and girls teams in the junior division, and the Varsity team in the Senior. Ross Cup is always a huge accomplishment for the coaching staff, and the team’s hard work on the ice serves as a testament to the dozens of hours of work done behind the scenes by coaching staff and school personnel in order to put on this great event.
Building on a great season, the Brentwood Varsity team saved their best hockey for last. The team swiftly beat Frances Kelsey 4-1 as Kirtis H, Privett ‘19 and Haden U, Ellis ‘19 both recorded two goals each. Later that night Brentwood upset Prince of Wales 3-1 as the entire team was involved in winning the game. Hallie S, Mackenzie ‘20 recorded her first goal of the season and sparked the team to pull away and win the game. It was an incredible game and for the rest of the tournament and the team went along with their “underdog” mentality.
Brentwood then had a rivalry game on Friday against Shawnigan Lake School as we had an opportunity to knock them out of the tournament. The game was highly intense and the end result was a 2-2 tie. Brentwood’s powerplay went 2/2 on the game and was the ultimate difference maker. Brentwood, with that result, accumulated enough points to finish the round-robin in second place, knocking out our rivals.
The stage was set for a dramatic last day of the tournament. We needed a win vs Cowichan to make it to the Championship Game. The semi-final game threw a lot of adversity at the boys, but the group handled it well. A questionable no-goal call eventually lead to a 10 minute major and Brentwood had to regroup and adjust the lineup, however, the team battled and kept it a one-goal game. Heading into the final period, Brentwood was relentless. Down two goals, Brentwood responded as Haden U, Ellis ‘19 scored on the powerplay. Brentwood continued to work, drawing a few more penalties and getting very good looks at the net. However, in the end, the team lost the game 3-1 and our season was over.
Although the team did not reach its goal of making it to the championship, we played our hearts out all weekend and gave ourselves every chance possible to win games. On the team’s performance, Captain Blake C, Privett ‘19 said “I am proud of the way the team showed up this weekend. We proved we can do anything as long as the focus and performance are there. Our bench is able to carry and uplift players and I’m very proud of this team.”
To close out the season, all 60 members of the program enjoyed an amazing dinner in the Field House as players and coaches alike shared praise for each other and the program looked back at another spectacular year of Brentwood Hockey.
A huge thank you goes out to the coaching staff for organizing all of our practices, games, great trips, and the great end-of-year Ross Cup. None of this would have been possible without our committed coaching staff so on behalf of the team, thank you.