Make it 7 for 1997 Bruins
MAKE IT SEVEN FOR '97 B's
B's end AAA season on high note
MARLBORO, MA - The 1997 Junior Bruins walked all over a weak tournament field at the North American Summer Championships to capture yet another tournament title.
The '97 B's have now ripped through the 41 teams they have played over the last two years and sit with a two year record of 40-0-1 and have now won all seven tournaments they have played in. On the mantle sits two OTTF Spring Classic titles (Toronto), two Mission Cup titles (Montreal), one CT. Yankees title, an Icebreaker title (Montreal) and now the North American Summer Championship crown.
Friday the B's ripped through the Nova Scotia Selects and Team New Brunswick 6-0 and 12-1, respectively. Derek Blanchette and Cam Fisher led the way in the 6-0 shutout with two goals each. Later that day it was a five goal game from Jeremy Bracco that got the Bruins on a roll. Robbie Roche had a two goal game and Cam Askew, Jack Adams, Matt Dillon, John Marino and Charlie McAvoy had singletons.
Saturday was more of the same as the Mongoose from Connecticut were victimized by the '97 Bruins 11-0. The attack was led by Bracco's hat trick and two goal outputs from Adams and Fisher. Also
scoring were Dillon, Roche, McAvoy and JJ Layton.
The semi finals were a rematch with the Mongoose and they got blanked again 8-0 and that put the bruins into the finals again for a rematch with the Nova Scotia Selects. The Selects hung tough for the first part of the game but could not hold on much longer than that as the Bruins scored late in the first and then poured it on in the second and third period. Bracco had a four goal game giving him 17 on the weekend while Askew (2), Adams (2), Dillon (2), Fisher, Burke and McAvoy also scored.
The defensive quintet of McAvoy, Noah Hanifin, Cam Connors, John Marino and Layton were their usual dominant selves and goalies Elijah Harris and Michael Bullion were there as the final line of defense when called upon.
“This wraps up another banner season for the 1997 Junior Bruins,” said Chris Masters. “This is a special group of talented players. They are as dominant as any team we have ever had to date. What makes it that much more enjoyable is a that they are also a fun group of players and we have a great group of parents. It makes the weekend trips and tournaments a lot of fun. They have a target on their backs and teams will certainly be gunning for us in 2007 the same way teams used to take aim at other summer tournament juggernauts like the 1986 Montreal Mission, 1990 Boston Icemen, 1986 Montreal Vipers, 1990 Ontario Blues and the 1989 Junior Bruins during their hey days.”