Bruins trailed early in second period but ended up claiming fifth high school hockey state championship
AUTHORS David Boclair
Brentwood High School won its second straight Predators Cup — high school hockey’s state championship — with a 7-3 victory over Hendersonville-Station Camp-Beech on Thursday at Ford Ice Center.
One of four original teams in Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey (GNASH), Brentwood has won five state titles in all (2002, 2011, 2015, 2018 and 2019) and is now one of three schools to win it in back-to-back years. Ravenwood did it in 2012 and 2013 as well as 2016 and 2017. Pope John Paul II was the first to win two in a row when it did so in 2007 and 08.
The teams split two previous meetings, the second of which was Monday, when Brentwood had a chance to hoist the trophy but lost 2-0. That forced the decisive third meeting.
The Bruins trailed 2-1 early in the second period Thursday but led 4-2 by the second intermission and finally pulled away with a pair of empty-net goals late. Six different players scored for the Bruins. Benjamin Wallace’s goal put them ahead to stay and Jacob Layne and Cole Rexford each gave Brentwood a two-goal cushion.
Cosmo Sperduto, who scored twice (both tied the game) and had 10 points (six goals, four assists) in six playoff games, was named Most Valuable Player.
“I didn’t think they’d beat us twice in a row,” Brentwood goalie Ryan Bobrow told MainStreetPreps.com. “I thought they’d put up a good fight, but I didn’t think they’d beat us twice in a row. It’s just an incredible win.
“… I have no words. It’s incredible, I’m just happy that we won back-to-back. It’s been a hell of a season.”