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Bud Bakewell Bruins win second consecutive Major title

by jmaloni
Fri, Mar 9th 2012 06:20 pm
The team includes, from left, front row: Gage Hollar, Robbie Nappo (Grand Island), Evan Domiano, Brad Hejmanowski, Aaron Nowak, Garrett Varisco. Second row: Stephen Wisniewski, Michal Swacha, Chris Barth, Alan Szumla (Grand Island), Thomas Major (Grand Island), Matt Metz and Ryan Coppins. Back row: Zach LaGamba, Head Coach Bill Cline, Pavel Kovtunov, Mason Cool, Assistant Coach Mark Major, Jeff Wawrzynek, Griffin Spatorico, Assistant Coach Daryle Gronowski and Asst Coach Robert Nappo. Not pictured: Christopher Harvey.
The team includes, from left, front row: Gage Hollar, Robbie Nappo (Grand Island), Evan Domiano, Brad Hejmanowski, Aaron Nowak, Garrett Varisco. Second row: Stephen Wisniewski, Michal Swacha, Chris Barth, Alan Szumla (Grand Island), Thomas Major (Grand Island), Matt Metz and Ryan Coppins. Back row: Zach LaGamba, Head Coach Bill Cline, Pavel Kovtunov, Mason Cool, Assistant Coach Mark Major, Jeff Wawrzynek, Griffin Spatorico, Assistant Coach Daryle Gronowski and Asst Coach Robert Nappo. Not pictured: Christopher Harvey.

The Bud Bakewell Bruins won the Western New York Amateur Hockey League Bantam Major AA playoff championship for 2011-12. This is the team's second consecutive playoff championship.

On Feb. 25, the Bruins defeated the Monroe County Eagles, 3-2, in overtime. Pavel Kovtunov started the scoring with an assist from Michal Swacha. Swacha scored the second goal for the Bruins with an assist from Thomas Major. Monroe tied the game with 44 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. The game ended with 49 seconds left in the overtime period when Brad Hejmanowski scored on a pass from Stephen Wisniewski to advance the Bruins to the semifinals.

The semifinal game saw the Bruins defeat the Rochester Red Wings, 2-1, again in overtime. Swacha tied the game at one, with assists from Hejmanowski and Jeff Wawrzynek. The game ended 58 seconds in OT on a goal from Robbie Nappo, assisted by Matt Metz and Thomas Major.

The championship game was held at Cheektowaga, where the Bruins faced the Hamburg Hawks. The Bruins won the game 4-3 with goals from Ryan Coppins, Swacha, Kovtunov and Nappo. The goals were assisted by Swach (two), Kovtunov, Hejmanowski, Metz and goaltender Garrett Varisco. Varisco was strong in net, registering the win in all three games.

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