The Wave was all-in for the Brameier CT coaching stakes at Niskayuna. And it was something of a race across the finish line with big numbers running up for opposing coaches.
This milestone meant a lot to him, and although he may not have openly talked about it, it was great to accomplish this for him.
— Finlay Collins
“All of us knew the stakes of the game as their coach was going for his 400th win as well,” said Darien’s Riley Stewart following the Wave’s 17-9 road victory at Union College in Schenectady, New York on Saturday. “I know I speak for the team when I say that we are extremely proud of being a part of something like this, as Coach B added to his legacy today.”
It is win 552 for Wave coach Jeff Brameier, making him the high school lax coach with the most victories in the state. He outdistances former New Canaan coach Howard Benedict, and hops over him for seventh place in the nation.
All of Brameier’s wins come with the Wave which he has coached since 1984.
“It was really exciting to get this win against Niskayuna, they are a great team and we knew it would be a tough challenge going in,” said Finlay Collins. “Coach B is the greatest coach I have ever had and all of our success can be accredited to him.”
“He is very good at what he does and we know we always have the coaching advantage with him on our side,” Stewart said.
As for the game?
“We came out with a very physical mentality as we played hard nosed defense,” Stewart added.
The offense was pretty hard on the hosts too.
“Great performances by Kevin Lindley and Brian Minicus secure the win,” said Stewart, with Lindley erupting for nine goals, tying a Wave record, and Minicus firing four.
Darien climbs to 3-0, Niskayuna goes to 2-1.
Lindley scored three straight to finish out the half, then started the third quarter with a goal.
Darien was up 5-3 after one period, 10-5 at the half, 12-7 after three.
And Minicus kicked the lights out for good with goals down the stretch.
Logan McGovern scored four.
“Today we were just prepared,” Lindley said. “The week of practice was amazing and high intensity and that translates on the game today.
“We knew going into the game that it was going to be a game where both teams have insane offensive fire power.”
The set-ups were as fierce as the finishes.
“It was a good team performance from defense to offense,” said Lindley. “The amount of assisted goals is awesome and proves how good our offense is.”
Ryan Cornell came up, as always, aces when dealt the opponent’s high card. He made 11 stops.
“We knew coming into the game that one of the two coaches was going to reach a milestone and we wanted to make sure that we were on the winning side,” Cornell said. “Our offense came out firing. To put up 17 against a team like that is huge for our offense.”
Keeping Nisky to nine was on par to the firepower up front.
“The defense played excellent in front of me,” said Cornell. “None of the nine goals were on them. Jake Bieler, Arden Cohen, and Quinn Fay were all lockdown.”
“Our defense is unreal and so fun to watch,” added Lindley. “Especially Ryan in goal.”
“Finlay Collins had three assists in a great effort,” said Brameier. “The defense was led by Arden Cohen, Nick Percarpio, Jake Bieler, Quinn Fay, Matt Gould, Andrew Darby, Nick Green, Jack Joyce, Riley Stewart and Blake Sommi.”
Tanner Strub (15-for-28) was excellent on face-offs.
“It was great to solidify him as the winningest coach in Connecticut history,” Collins said. “He’s not only an amazing coach but an amazing person and we’re all very fortunate to have him leading us.
“I know this milestone meant a lot to him, and although he may not have openly talked about it, it was great to accomplish this for him.
“With that being said there are definitely some things we can work on, and we need to continue progressing throughout the rest of the season.”
Darien 5-5-2-5 = 17
Nisky 3-2-2-2 = 9
Darien record: 3-0
Nisky record: 2-1
Kevin Lindley 9-1
Logan McGovern 4-1
Brian Minicus 4-1
Finlay Collins 0-3
Nick Percarpio 0-1
Lucas Quinn 3-1
Mike Dixie 2-2
Griffin King 2-3
John Phfol 1-0
Connor Wolf 1-0
Tyler Gregory 0-1
Darien, Ryan Cornell 11
Nisky, Max Ronesi 12