Dragons earn 3-3 deadlock in hockey opener
Down 3-1 and facing nearly all of five-minute major penalty to kill off, the Brunswick High School girls hockey team was in trouble in the team’s hockey opener on Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee against Lewiston.
But, the Dragons found a way, killed off the remaining penalty time, and even scored a shorthanded goal in earning a hard-fought 3-3 come-from-behind deadlock.
“ It was nice to come out of a major penalty even,” said Brunswick coach Bill Bodwell, whose team is slated to host Cheverus tonight at 8:45 p.m. at Bowdoin College’s Sidney J. Watson Arena. “Anytime you’re able to come out of Lewiston with a tie is good. This will certainly mean a lot for this team as we move forward.”
The Blue Devils carried the play in the early going, jumping out to a 1- 0 lead on a power- play goal by Makaela Field. She took a pass from Lauren Lessard, with her wrister from the blue line slipping past Brunswick goaltender Erin Gay at 3:18.
Five minutes later, Sadie Poulin won a battle in front of the Dragons net to give Lewiston a 2-0 edge with 6:36 left in the first period.
Brunswick jumped into the fray two minutes later. Rachel Moroney gained control of the puck behind the Lewiston net, beat two defenders and fed Eliza Brooks in front. Her one-timer beat Blue Devil freshman netminder Paige Fontaine (23 saves) high to get the Dragons to 2-1 after a period.
The second period featured both teams going hard to the net. Suzannah Smith had her wrister turned aside by Fontaine, who made a nice glove save on Annie Kelly moments later to keep her team in front.
At the other end, Gay stoned Lessard on a 2-on-1 break.
A five-minute major for hittingfrom behind on Brunswick forward Sarah Thibeault gave Lewiston an extended power play, and Mikaela Brown’s shot from the long distance snuck between Gay’s pads just six seconds later to give the Blue Devils a 3-1 lead, with 4:54 still remaining on the major penalty.
“I was definitely thinking a lot about that third goal, and knew from there I had to stop everything for us to have a chance,” said Gay, who finished with 22 stops, including a superb save on Ashley Chase midway through the Lewiston power play.
Brunswick received a jolt of adrenaline from Kelly. She picked up the loose puck and skated past a Lewiston defender before sending a shot underneath the cross bar with eight seconds left on the Blue Devil power play to cut the deficit to 3-2.
“I thought we started outhustling Lewiston during the penalty kill, and from there we began taking over the game,” said Bodwell.
The Dragons came out firing in the third period, with Brooks having two opportunities in front, while Field blocked a sure goal off the stick of Moroney seconds later to keep her team ahead.
Brunswick defenders Smith, Jen Machin and Caroline Wild kept Lewiston from generating much on the offensive end, with Machin’s hustle getting her team even.
Machin, who switched to defense this season after leading her team in goals last year, took advantage of open ice and moved in on Fontaine. Her first shot struck the post and the second was stopped by the goaltender. Machin’s third opportunity finally trickled into the cage with 3:57 left in regulation.
“I wasn’t sure the puck went in at first, but it must have gone in through the five-hole,” said Machin of her goal. “It was exciting to score and tie the game.
“A tie definitely feels good, especially after we were down two goals.”
The Dragons owned the eightminute overtime session, outshooting Lewiston 7-2.
Fontaine starred for the Blue Devils, especially when she sprawled along the ice to smother a chance by Moroney on a 3-on-1 break.
Brunswick finished with a 26-25 edge in shots.
Moroney had two assists for the Dragons, with Kelly adding an assist to her shorthanded goal.
Brunswick 3, Lewiston 3
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First period — 1. ( L) Makaela Field ( Lauren
Lessard), ppg, 3:18; 2. (L) Sadie Poulin (Mikaela St.
Laurent), 8:24; 3. (B) Eliza Brooks (Rachel Moroney),
10:39. Penalty — (B) Kate Bernier (holding).
Second period — 4. (L) Mikaela Brown (Erica
Lemieux), ppg, 5:02; 5. (B) Annie Kelly, sh, 9:54.
Penalty — (B) Sarah Thibeault (major, hit from
behind, game misconduct).
Third period — 6. (B) Jen Machin (Rachel Moroney,
Annie Kelly), 11:03. Penalties — (L) Makaela Field
(tripping); (B) Caroline Wild (tripping); (B) Kate
Shots on goal — (B) 6-6-7-7 — 26; (L) 6-9-8-2 —
Saves — (B) Erin Gay 22; (L) Paige Fontaine (23).
Power play — Brunswick 0-1; Lewiston 2-4.
Records — Brunswick 0-0-1; Lewiston 0-0-1.
Next for the Dragons — Tonight at home against
Cheverus, 8:45 p.m.