NASHVILLE – The Brentwood Bruins hockey team exacted a little revenge on Wednesday night, downing the MBA Big Red 4-0 at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville and avenging two regular season losses in the process.
“We’ve lost to them two times in the regular season,” Brentwood coach Chris Orem said. “The first game we didn’t have a full squad and the second game we had penalty trouble that we didn’t overcome. Tonight, we had our full roster and we just had to do things right. We thought we had more speed than they do, and we thought if we played the right way it would turn out better.
“Even if it was the other way around, it’s hard to beat a team three times in a row. The team kind of knew that, we wanted to play on that and possess the puck as much as we could and keep it away from them.”
The win pushed Brentwood (3-0-0, 6 points) to the top of the Preds Cup standings after three games.
Cosmo Sperduto got the scoring started in the first period with just 45 seconds left on the power play, pushing Brentwood ahead 1-0.
In the second period, the Bruins continued to pressure MBA and two goals from Benjamin Wallace gave Brentwood a firm 3-0 lead heading into the final period.
Benjmain Biron put the dagger in the Big Red with a power play goal with 4:18 left in the game, and the 4-0 deficit was just too much for MBA to overcome.
Wallace collected an assist on Biron’s goal, giving him a three-point night, while Biron finished with a goal and an assist. However, Brentwood goalie Ryan Bobrow stole the show with his 33-save shutout.
Even more impressive, it was the first time MBA has been shutout this season. Bobrow stood on his head all night, turning away shot after shot and holding the second-highest scoring team in both the regular season and the playoffs to zero goals on 33 shots.
“Ryan was on tonight,” Orem said. “In the first game we played them, he was not on. For him, he takes a lot of pride in playing MBA, the MBA fans are on him here and there, but he gets a lot out of it and boy was he on tonight.
The performance should come as no surprise, given Bobrow is sporting a 0.33 goals-against average in the playoffs to go along with a .984 save percentage – both second only to Hendersonville’s Brandon Shaw.
Both teams return to the ice on Friday as Brentwood will play Hendersonville-Station Camp-Beech at Ford Ice Center in Antioch at 8:15 p.m. in a battle of the top two teams in the playoffs.
MBA will take on Father Ryan at 8 p.m. at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville.
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