Gunnery won the 2018 Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic by going 3-0-1 over the weekend at the newly-renovated Jennings Fairchild Rink on the campus in Avon, Conn.
Gunnery had the most depth of any of the eight teams in the tournament. Craig Badger’s team downed St. Paul’s School, 2-0, in Saturday afternoon’s championship game after beating Trinity-Pawling and Loomis-Chaffee and tying Kent in round robin play.
The hosts also went 3-0-1, but lost in a shootout, which prevented them from playing in Saturday’s championship game against Gunnery. The Winged Beavers had been dinged a couple of times heading into the tournament, but this could be John Gardner’s most complete team in a few years. There’s some depth and the team has a solid, veteran goaltender in Providence commit and 2019 NHL Draft hopeful Alex Aslanidis.
With the tournament starting Thursday, it provided a good opportunity for college coaches and NHL scouts to take in the action before the three major tournaments in the Boston area started a day later.