THE BRUNSWICK JUNOR HIGH Hawkins Division champions pose for a photo after winning 5-4 over South Portland recently in the SMMSHL title game in Portland.

THE BRUNSWICK JUNOR HIGH Hawkins Division champions pose for a photo after winning 5-4 over South Portland recently in the SMMSHL title game in Portland.

PORTLAND — The third-seeded Brunswick Junior High School “A” team defeated top-seeded South Portland, 5-4, to capture the Hawkins Division Championship in the Southern Maine Middle School Hockey League title game recently at Troubh Ice Arena.

“It was a great way to cap off the Junior High School hockey experience for seven out of 12 of the kids who will be moving up to play hockey at the high school next year,” said head coach David Israel. “Especially, after having started the season in a lower division (A2) and challenging the kids to rise to the high level of hockey we knew they were capable of playing. They have really come together as a team over the year and we couldn’t be any prouder of them.”

THE BRUNSWICK JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL hockey team gathers to hoist the Mariner Cup after winning the Hawkins Division championship during play in the Southern Maine Middle School Hockey League. Brunswick defeated South Portland, 5-4, in the title game.

THE BRUNSWICK JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL hockey team gathers to hoist the Mariner Cup after winning the Hawkins Division championship during play in the Southern Maine Middle School Hockey League. Brunswick defeated South Portland, 5-4, in the title game.

Brunswick jumped out quickly, grabbing the lead just 35 seconds into the game on a goal by Michael Marro, with Tyler Patterson picking up an assist.

Later in the opening frame, defenseman Henry Burnham beat the South Portland goaltender with a hard shot from the blue line for a 2-0 edge. Liam Hemberger assisted on the goal.

The lead grew to 3-0 in the second period when Brunswick’s Alec Hess put home an unassisted goal.

South Portland didn’t fold, answering with three straight goals to tie the game after two frames.

Hess wasn’t done scoring. He broke the tie off an assist from Griffin Johnson, then scored unassisted for the hat trick and a 5-3 Brunswick lead.

South Portland countered with a goal with 5:04 remaining in regulation, but Brunswick held on behind the solid goal-tending of Spencer Marquis.

When the final horn sounded, Brunswick rushed the ice and mobbed Marquis before hoisting the Mariner Cup.