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Richardson, Jermain lift Brunswick hockey to OT win

Updated 10:49 pm, Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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  • Brunswick goalie Gryphon Richardson, right, stick-checks the puck away from Gage Spolansky # 2 of Lawrenceville during the boys high school ice hockey game between Brunswick School and Lawrenceville at Brunswick School in Greenwich, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo: Bob Luckey / Greenwich Time
    Brunswick goalie Gryphon Richardson, right, stick-checks the puck away from Gage Spolansky # 2 of Lawrenceville during the boys high school ice hockey game between Brunswick School and Lawrenceville at Brunswick School in Greenwich, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo: Bob Luckey

 

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Brunswick Hockey goalie Gryphon Richardson has kept his team in plenty of games during his four-year career.

It was only appropriate that in his final game on home ice Richardson made all the key stops, allowing his team to generate just enough offense to secure a victory.

Richardson made 25 saves and Nick Jermain scored with 2:05 remaining in overtime, lifting the Bruins to a 1-0 victory over Lawrenceville (NJ) on Wednesday evening at Hartong rink. The win was the first in four overtime contests for Brunswick this season.

"It's a little bittersweet after playing here for five years," Richardson said. "I learned how to play on this rink, it's going to be tough not playing on this rink anymore. But it was great to battle and go out with a close win."

Both defenses were on top in a game that featured plenty of shots but little in terms of quality chances. Lawrenceville goalie Andrew Lux matched Richardson save for save, frustrating the Bruins until finally breaking through in the extra session.

"It was a defensive struggle," Brunswick coach Ron VanBelle said. "It was one of those games where it was going to be whoever took advantage of their chance first or made a mistake was going to win."

Jermain scored off a phenomenal pass by Charlie Better. Deep in his own zone with a defender on him, Better fired a pass across the ice, finding the stick of Jermain on the opposite boards. Jermain then raced away from a defender towards the net before backhanding a shot past Lux and into the roof of the net.

"It was a fortunate bounce off the boards, (Jermain) made a nice move but that is not a play we practice," VanBelle said. "It's pretty tough to tell how the puck is going to carom off the boards, and for him to make that move and stay onside; a lot of things had to happen to score."

Brunswick outshot the visitors 35-25 and neither team capitalized on their lone power play opportunity. The Bruins had several chances of their own to break the deadlock in regulation, including hitting the post twice and a 3-on-1 opportunity late in the second period they couldn't be convert.

"You have to give credit to (Lawrenceville) as well," VanBelle said. "Their defense did a good job of shutting us down, and although we had a lot of possession in their end, they didn't allow us to get that many quality looks at the net, and when they did their goalie made some big saves."

The Bruins' final seven games are all away from Hartong rink, and the stretch will determine whether or not they will qualify for the playoffs. Despite currently being two games under .500 in the league, VanBelle believe his group is headed in the right direction after winning four out of the last five.

"It's kind of unlucky to finish the season on the road," VanBelle said. "Having said that, we've been better on the road than we have at home, maybe it will work out for us. It's nice to be in February and be in control of our own destiny. We have a lot of winnable games down the stretch and our strength of schedule is good."

Brunswick 1, Lawrenceville, N.J. 0 (OT)

LAWRENCEVILLE 1 0 0 0--0

BRUNSWICK 0 0 0 1--1

Records: Lawrenceville (7-11-2), Brunswick (10-9-3).

Goals: B--Nick Jermain; Assists: B--Charlie Better; Goalies: H-- Andrew Lux (34 saves); B--Gryphon Richardson (25).

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