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    2017 - 2018

    2013-2014 Edward G. Watkins New Years Tournament Champion
    2014 New England Elite Eight Tournament Runner-up
    2015-2016 Edward G. Watkins New Years Tournament Champion
    2016 New England Elite Eight Tournament Champion

    A strong tradition of excellence exists within The Gunnery Boys’ Ice Hockey program. Since the program’s inception in 1918, The Gunnery always has competed at the highest level with success. The program reached its pinnacle in the late 1980s and early 1990s (1987, 1988, 1990) when the Highlanders captured three New England championships in four years, followed by an official move to Division I status in 1995.  The team recently carved out a rare niche in the prep school hockey world as an elite level program with a small school experience.   Most all other top New England programs also find themselves categorized as “large” based on student body population.   The Gunnery provides a personalized, “small” school experience with elite level hockey.   Recent program success include seven consecutive 20-win seasons, seven consecutive NEPSIHA West titles (2008-2009 through 2014-2015), and five Elite Eight New England Tournament appearances in the last six years (2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015).   The team finished runner-up for the Elite New England Championship in 2013-2014.  During that stretch, the program boasts 2 NHL draft picks, 39 NCAA Division I placements, dozens of NCAA Division III placements, and one Hobey Baker Award finalist (award for the top player in college hockey).  

    2014 New England Elite Eight Tournament Runner-up

Team Schedule

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Home
Scrimmage
vs.
Trinity-Pawling School
Win 3-2
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Neutral
Scrimmage
League
vs.
Deerfield Academy
Tie 2-2
@ Louis Astrino Rink
Neutral
Scrimmage
Invitational

Berkshire Hockey Jamboree

League
vs.
Northwood School
Loss 3-4
@ Berkshire School
Neutral
Scrimmage
Invitational

Berkshire Hockey Jamboree

League
vs.
Kent School
Win 2-1
@ Berkshire School
Away
League
vs.
Hotchkiss School
Win 3-2
@ Hotchkiss School
Neutral
Tournament

Exeter Invitational - Prep Pot

League
vs.
Phillips Exeter Academy
Loss 1-2
@ Phillips Exeter Academy
Neutral
Tournament

Exeter Invitational - Prep Pot

League
vs.
New Hampton School
Win 6-2
@ Phillips Exeter Academy
Away
League
vs.
Berkshire School
Win 3-1
@ Berkshire School
Home
League
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Home
Cancelled
League
vs.
Williston Northampton School
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Away
League
vs.
Kent School
Loss 2-5
Neutral
Tournament

Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic

League
vs.
Trinity-Pawling School
Tie 3-2
@ Avon Old Farms School
Neutral

Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic

League
vs.
Berkshire School
Win 4-0
@ Avon Old Farms School
Neutral
Invitational

Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic

League
vs.
Loomis Chaffee
Win 7-3
@ Avon Old Farms School
Neutral
Tournament

Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic Championship

League
vs.
Kent School
Win 2-1
@ Avon Old Farms School
Neutral
League
vs.
Northwood School
Loss 1-4
@ Union College
Neutral
League
vs.
Northwood School
Win 6-5
@ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Home
League
vs.
Canterbury School
Win 6-2
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Neutral
League
vs.
Winchendon School
Loss 1-6
Away
League
vs.
Taft School
Win 5-3
@ Taft School
Home
League
vs.
Hoosac School
Win 10-3
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Home
Cancelled
League
vs.
Stanstead College
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Away
Cancelled
League
vs.
Trinity-Pawling School
@ Trinity-Pawling School
Away
League
vs.
Millbrook School
Win 3-2
@ Millbrook School
Away
League
vs.
Williston Northampton School
Win 2-1
@ Williston Northampton School
Home
vs.
Stanstead College
Win 2-0
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Away
League
vs.
Salisbury School
Loss 3-4
@ Salisbury School
Home
League
vs.
Vermont Academy
Win 7-0
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Home
League
vs.
Hill School
Win 2-1
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Home

Live Stream - https://thecube.com/event/777644

League
vs.
Millbrook School
Loss 0-3
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Away
Rescheduled
League
vs.
Avon Old Farms School
Win 1-0
@ Avon Old Farms School
Away

Live Stream - https://locallive.tv/brunswick

League
vs.
Brunswick School
Loss 1-5
@ Brunswick School
Home

Live Stream - http://thecube.com/e/780127

League
vs.
Lawrenceville School
Win 7-3
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Away
League
vs.
Canterbury School
Loss 1-7
@ Canterbury School
Away
League
vs.
Avon Old Farms School
Win 1-0
@ Avon Old Farms School
Home

Live Stream - http://thecube.com/e/781656

League
vs.
Shattuck-St. Mary's School
Win 6-2
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Home
League
vs.
Brunswick School
Loss 1-5
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Away
League
vs.
Westminster School
Win 3-1
@ Westminster School
Home

Live Stream - http://thecube.com/e/783173

League
vs.
Berkshire School
Win 2-1
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Home
Playoff

2018 NEPSAC Boys' Ice Hockey Tournament Quarterfinal - Live Stream http://thecube.com/e/783371

League
vs.
Canterbury School
Win 4-2
@ Playing Fields - Linen Rink
Neutral

2018 NEPSAC Boys' Ice Hockey Tournament Semifinal

League
vs.
Lawrence Academy
Loss 2-3 (OT)
@ Canterbury School

Team Coaches

  • Head Coach:  Craig Badger
    860-350-0188
    Bio
  • Assistant Coach Shane Gorman
    860-350-0143
    Bio

List of 13 news stories.

  • Highlanders beat Berkshire in last regular season game 2-1

    Highlanders defeat Bears 2-1 in the final game of the season. Goals from Pellegrino and Washco led the highlanders in the third period. Mella was dominant in between the pipes. Highlanders earn the #2 seed of the small school playoffs and take on Canterbury on Wed. 2/28 at 2:00 pm at Linen Rink in the first round of playoffs. 
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  • Gunnery defeats SSM 6-2

    Really great game all around for the Highlanders. Gunnery battled hard and fought for a full 54 minutes. Goal were scored by Gatcomb, Conner, Washco, Trom, Sansbury, and D'Agostino as Gunnery defeated Shattuck St. Mary's 6-2. Jp Mella gets the win in net as he defeats his former school with allowing 2 goals on 27 shots.
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  • Gunnery beats Millbrook 3-2 in Overtime

    Gunnery hangs on and defeats Millbrook with seconds left in OT 3-2 on a beautiful pass from Niko Grollman to Mark D'Agostino. D'Agostino with two goals on the day. Zach Pellegrino also gets a goal for the highlanders.
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  • Gunnery defeats 5 - 3

    Highlanders scored 5 unanswered goals midway through the second period to defeat Taft 5-3 in the first meeting in 5 years between teams. Two goals from Washco, Gatcomb. One from Coady.
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  • Gunnery defeats Hoosac 10-3

    Gunnery defeats Hoosac school 10-3 as the highlanders saw goals from 7 different scorers. Aiden Edwards with his first career Gunnery hat trick.
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  • Gunnery Wins 2017 Avon Christmas Classic

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  • Gunnery Wins 2017 Avon Christmas Classic

    Gunnery Wins 2017 Avon Christmas Classic

    As Winter Break began December 13, the Boys Varsity Hockey team switched gears and hit the ice for practice in preparation for the 35th Annual Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic.

    The following afternoon, the team embarked on their journey to Avon, where they prepared for their first game of the tournament at 7 p.m. vs. Trinity-Pawling.

    The sounds as you walk into the barn fully packed with fans, scouts and other teams create a competitive environment charged with the excitement of each game and the question of who will win. All of this culminates in one of the best high school hockey experiences in the country. Avon Old Farms, St. Pauls, Kent and Tabor represent one division facing off against The Gunnery, Berkshire, Trinity-Pawling, and Loomis Chaffee. All are competing for one goal: to win the Avon Christmas Classic.

    As the puck dropped at 7 p.m. sharp, The Gunnery, which was previously ranked #7, and Trinity-Pawling, ranked #8 in United States Hockey Report’s (USHR) first poll, battled for the first 25 minutes with only one score from Trinity-Pawling to put the Lions up 1-0. Both goaltenders were sharp as each of them gave up minimal scoring chances. As the second half was underway, the Lions put home another goal to take a 2-0 lead. Shortly after, Highlander sophomore Alex Coady took the puck end to end, making a few unbelievable moves all the way to the goalie before sliding the puck past him to cut the lead in half. With hard work and smart playing, Gunnery senior Marc Gatcomb scored minutes later to even up the score at 2-2. Both teams played hard as regulation time and a five-minute overtime period ended in a 2-2 tie. Based on NEPSAC rules, the game counts as a tie; for tournament play the game continued in a shootout competition for the best of three rounds. The Gunnery took the win as Gatcomb and senior Albert Washco scored on beautiful plays. Junior goalie JP Mella gave Trinity-Pawling players no room to score as he closed the door on both of their opportunities.

    The Gunnery continued round robin play on December 16 with two games against Berkshire (at 9 a.m.) and Loomis (at 5 p.m.). As the second game of the tournament began, The Gunnery took the momentum from the win the night before and got off to a 1-0 lead within the first 10 minutes. Senior and team captain Zach Pellegrino made a shorthanded goal, accepting a beautiful pass from junior linemate Riley Brennan. The Highlanders scored three more goals: two from sophomore Mark D’Agostino as he executed two really nice moves right in front of the net, and a point shot from junior Niko Ioannou, which lead the team past Berkshire 4-0. Washco had two assists, Brennan, Gatcomb, and sophomores Jimmy Rayhill and Jake Di Girolamo each had one. Senior Nick Vankka was steady in the net as he stopped all 23 shots to record the shutout vs. Berkshire.

    In the third game of the weekend, The Gunnery scored seven goals from six different players as they defeated Loomis just a few hours after Berkshire. Goals from Pellegrino, sophomore Hunter Sansbury, junior Max DeBeradinis (2), junior Arty Lapiks, junior Aiden Edwards, and Gatcomb led the highlanders to a 7-3 win.  Assists on the goals included Lapiks (3), R. Brennan (2), Washco (2), Ioannou (2), D’Agostino, Edwards, Rayhill, and junior Mason Beecher.

    The Highlanders completed round robin play with a 3-0 record and earned themselves a spot in the championship game. In 35 years of tournament play, The Gunnery has been in the championship game five times while only winning once in 2008.

    As their sixth appearance went underway on December 16 at 3:30 pm., The Gunnery matched up against Kent. The Highlanders suffered a loss of 5-2 to Kent just five days earlier. It was a different story this time, as both teams came out playing physical and fast. Kent capitalized on a chance midway through the second period on a great shot below the circles. After two periods of play, Kent had a 1-0 lead.

    The Highlanders came out in the third flying and dominating play and they quickly tied up the score off of wrist shot by Gatcomb that went right by their goalie. The Gunnery dominated the rest of the game as the Kent goaltender stood on his head to shut them out. Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie and so did the first five minutes of overtime. For NEPSAC play, the game is considered a tie, but the tournament needed a winner. After talking with officials and coaches, the tournament director decided to clean the ice, giving the players another intermission before playing an 18-minute double overtime period. Immediately following the face-off, senior forward and captain Pellegrino hit the puck deep into Kent’s zone right from the drop of the puck. Kent immediately went back on their heels as the Highlander forwards put the pressure on. Just 18 seconds later Pellegrino drove home a rebound giving The Gunnery its second Avon Christmas Classic championship win in 35 years. Mella, Gunnery’s goaltender, was the MVP of the tournament as he stopped 79 of 85 shots over the course of weekend.
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  • Gunnery Wins 2017 Avon Christmas Classic

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  • Gunnery Wins 2017 Avon Christmas Classic

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  • Gunnery defeats Berkshire 3-1

    Gunnery traveled to Berkshire on 12/6 for a 4:30 pm game. The first period was back and forth as both teams had a few chances. The period ended 0-0. As the second period started both Berkshrie and Gunnery saw its special teams. It wasn't until late in the second period where Berkshire's powerplay capitalized to take a 1-0 lead.

    The third period started and the Highlanders were all over the puck. Hunter Sansbury scored the Gunnery's first goal on a shot from the point to even the score at 1 on a powerplay. Minutes later, Zach Pellegrino put home a rebound goal off of a shot from Marc Gatcmb which put the highlanders up 2-1. With two minutes left, Riley Brennan skated the highlander's 3rd goal and empty net goal to finish the day with a 3-1 win over Berkshire.

    Highlander's continue play this weekend Sat. 12/9 5:00 pm against Williston Northhampton at home in Gunnery's Linen Rink.


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  • Exeter Invitational Prep Pot

    The Highlanders traveled to Exeter Academy for two games over the course of the weekend. The first against Exeter on Saturday 12/1 ended in a 2-1 loss for the highlanders as scoring was hard to come by for both teams. It wasn't until the 3rd period where Exeter found its second goal and held onto the lead edging over Gunnery in a tight matchup as both teams are deep.

    Scoring seemed to be no issue for the Highlanders on Sunday's matchup vs. New Hampton as Gunnery scored 6 times from 5 different scorers. Goals came from Washco (2), D'Agostino, Pellegrino, Rayhill, and Edwards as the highlanders played a full consistent 60 minutes at a high pace. Gunnery played fast and physical as they wore New Hampton down in all three zones. Mella was spectacular in net all weekend as he saw many shots in both games.

    Gunnery finished the weekend 1-1 and improve their record to 2-1 as they prepare for Berkshire on the road on Wednesday 12/6 at 4:30 pm. 
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  • Exeter Invitational Prep Pot

    The Highlanders traveled to Exeter Academy for two games over the course of the weekend. The first against Exeter on Saturday 12/1 ended in a 2-1 loss for the highlanders as scoring was hard to come by for both teams. It wasn't until the 3rd period where Exeter found its second goal and held onto the lead edging over Gunnery in a tight matchup as both teams are deep.

    Scoring seemed to be no issue for the Highlanders on Sunday's matchup vs. New Hampton as Gunnery scored 6 times from 5 different scorers. Goals came from Washco (2), D'Agostino, Pellegrino, Rayhill, and Edwards as the highlanders played a full consistent 60 minutes at a high pace. Gunnery played fast and physical as they wore New Hampton down in all three zones. Mella was spectacular in net all weekend as he saw many shots in both games.

    Gunnery finished the weekend 1-1 and improve their record to 2-1 as they prepare for Berkshire on the road on Wednesday 12/6 at 4:30 pm. 
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  • 2017-18 Season Opener Gunner with a 3-2 win over Hotchkiss

    Shane C Gorman
    Gunnery starts the 2017-18 season with a hard fought win over Hotchkiss in Lakeville, CT this afternoon. Goals were scored by Washco '18, Lapiks '19, and Gatcomb '18 as the game ended in a 3-2 victory for the Highlanders. 

    Gunnery had an excellent start to the game as they had constant pressure over Hotchkiss. It wasn't until midway through the first period when Albert Washco scored a shorthanded break away goal on a turnover from the highlanders end. A few shifts later Lapiks capitalzed on a back door pass from Rayhill to make it 2-0 Gunnery. 

    The second period consisted of many special teams play as Hotchkiss answered the bell to cut their deficit in half. Gunnery responded minutes later with a bar down shot from Gatcomb making it 3-1.

    The third period was back and forth as Hotchkiss scored one more. Many chances for both teams, but Gunnerys goalie JP Mella closed the door as the Highlanders took their first win of the season.

    Gunnery continues play this weekend with a 1-0 record as they travel to the Exeter Prep Pot Invitational showcase on Dec. 2 and 3. Gunnery faces off against host Exeter at 5:30 pm Saturday night and New Hampton Sunday at 12:00 pm.


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Team Statistics

Overall Statistics
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21 10 1 67.2

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mail address: 99 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT 06793
tel: 860-868-7334
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Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.