Boys’ Hockey – Press Herald Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:59:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sports Digest: Scarborough promotes longtime assistant as new coach for boys’ hockey Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:39:20 +0000 HIGH SCHOOLS

Scarborough picks Brown as boys’ hockey coach

Longtime assistant coach Jacob Brown has been promoted to be the head coach for the boys’ hockey team at Scarborough High.

Brown replaces Norm Gagne, who left Scarborough after eight seasons to return to his alma mater, Edward Little. Gagne has 715 career wins and seven state championships, including the Class A title with the Red Storm in 2015.

Brown, a middle school teacher in Scarborough, served as an assistant coach for the last seven years.

“Coach Brown joins an outstanding family of coaches here in Scarborough,” said Mike LeGage, the Scarborough athletic director, in a press release. “His expertise will provide Scarborough’s student-athletes with the best opportunity to learn those important life skills essential for success on and off the ice.”

Brown was a four-year varsity player at Lewiston High.


FREE FISHING WEEKEND: It’s Free Fishing Weekend on Maine’s waterways.

Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that anyone can fish for free without a license this weekend, except those who have had their license suspended or revoked. All other rules and regulations apply, including bag and possession limits.


NBA: The blood clots that Chris Bosh has dealt with the last three seasons have been declared a career-ending injury situation, and the Miami Heat will soon remove the 11-time All-Star forward from their roster, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

Bosh will never be able to play again for the Heat, said the source, who added that Bosh could play for another club if he gets medical clearance. But the $52 million Bosh is owed over the next two seasons won’t count against Miami’s salary cap.

 Jack McCloskey, the general manager who built the Detroit Pistons’ championship teams in 1989 and 1990, has died. He was 91.

The Pistons said McCloskey died Thursday in Savannah, Georgia. He had fought Alzheimer’s disease.

Led by McCloskey draft picks Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman – all Hall of Famers, along with coach Chuck Daly – and trade acquisitions Bill Laimbeer, Vinnie Johnson, Rick Mahorn, Mark Aguirre and James Edwards, the Pistons won back-to-back NBA titles.

WNBA: Tina Charles scored a career-high 36 points and Shavonte Zellous added 27 to help the New York Liberty beat the visiting Dallas Wings, 93-89.

Zellous scored just 22 points in the team’s first five games but surpassed that mark early in the fourth quarter.


NHL: Anaheim Coach Randy Carlyle received a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

The deal announced also includes an option for 2019-20.

Carlyle, in his second stint with the Ducks, is the winningest coach in franchise history and the only Anaheim coach to win the Stanley Cup.

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Scarborough hockey future may be in doubt Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:18:33 +0000 Scarborough High is looking for a new boys’ hockey coach after the recent departure of Norm Gagne, the winningest coach in Maine history. But the search for a nearby ice rink may have greater urgency for the future of the school’s hockey programs.

“Until more rinks are built, it’s going to continue to be a struggle,” said Athletic Director Mike LeGage. “We’re in a situation where we have to ask, ‘Do we do this and try to make it work or do we not offer the sport of hockey?’ We’re really at that point.”

Last summer the Red Storm lost their rink – MHG Ice Arena in Saco – when ownership decided to convert the space into a multisport training facility. The boys’ and girls’ teams were forced to find a new home this winter at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, more than 40 miles away.

Instead of practicing after school, the teams had to take ice time at odd hours. Players didn’t get home until about 11 p.m. some weeknights. As a result, Scarborough ended up not having the numbers to field a boys’ junior varsity team.

“Getting home really late and not having as much time to do school work or hang out with friends – it kind of took away from our personal life and made it too much like a pro hockey team,” said junior goalie Brandon Wasser. “It was a lot of back-and-forth. It’s hard to stay focused and be ready for games when you’re just drained from the practices.”

Hope was on the horizon in 2015 when a nonprofit group, Friends of Scarborough Hockey, worked with the Town Council to use municipal-owned land near the high school for a privately financed $5.5 million arena. The project never left the planning stages and was dropped when the group couldn’t raise the money, lacking major donors.

“It’s tough on families and it’s tough on our community,” LeGage said, “but we want to continue to offer the sport of ice hockey.”

There has been interest again in building a rink in Scarborough. Chuck Bradish, president of Scarborough Boys Hockey Boosters, said hockey is a “strong community presence” in Scarborough and the energy to solve the problem is there.

“We need ice – that’s plain and simple,” Bradish said. “I’ve had meetings over the last week with individuals who are looking to pick up the ball where some of us left it. … People are talking to me but until I actually see an official group formed, it’s a conversation.”

For now, the Red Storm plan to practice and play games in Lewiston again next season. Because of the travel, Wasser said he’s unsure whether he’ll go out for the team.

Gagne said his decision to leave Scarborough for Edward Little was unrelated to the struggle to find ice time.

“This is where my career started so I figured it was time to do it,” Gagne said of returning to Edward Little, his alma mater. “I love Scarborough. It was a privilege to be able to coach there. I felt like I was leaving the program in good hands with a good staff.”

Scarborough was a power during Gagne’s eight seasons as coach, winning the Class A state championship in 2015. This winter marked the first time in five years that the Red Storm didn’t advance to the regional championship game, falling to Cheverus 4-3 in the Class A South semifinals.

Wasser said he and his teammates didn’t see Gagne’s departure coming.

“A lot of them were really surprised and kind of bummed,” he said.

“All the players had their end-of-year meeting and no one mentioned it. Next thing you know, he’s going back to his old high school.”

Bradish said Gagne will be missed.

“Obviously, you look at a coach like Norm and you wish he could be around forever,” Bradish said. “He has done wonderful things for the programs – everything from his coaching ability to his work with the booster board and also bringing on new talent.”

LeGage said he has no timetable for hiring a new coach. Gagne is an advocate for Jake Brown, whom he called his “right-hand man,” who served as his assistant coach for seven years.

“Everyone has a special kind of bond with him,” Wasser said of Brown. “The way he talks to us like he’s on the team – he’s a great guy.”

Bradish, whose son was a senior on the squad, echoed this praise of Brown.

“Jake Brown has been a strong second voice on the team – the kids have loved him,” Bradish said.

“I think if we didn’t have Jake, it would be more devastating. Don’t get me wrong, though – we’re going to miss Norm. We’re going to miss Norm a lot.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or

Twitter: TaylorVortherms

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Boys’ hockey: Jeromey Rancourt, Lewiston Sun, 02 Apr 2017 08:00:00 +0000 When Jeromey Rancourt was sick the week of the Class A boys’ hockey state championship game, Lewiston Coach Jamie Belleau was nervous.

After all, Rancourt had played a crucial role in helping the Blue Devils get to that stage for the second straight year.

“It would have taken (a catastrophe) to keep him off the ice that game,” Belleau said. “He battled forward. He’s a heck of a player.”

Rancourt came through with a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win over Falmouth – the only team to beat the Blue Devils (20-1) this season. The senior forward capped his career with back-to-back Class A titles and won the Travis Roy Award on March 26.

For his determination on and off the ice, Rancourt is the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Boys’ Hockey Player of the Year.

“It was probably the worst possible time to get sick, but it’s senior year – you can’t get that back,” Rancourt said. “Lewiston is a tough team to play for – it’s lot of responsibility. Everybody on this team has worked hard and sacrificed a lot to get where we are.”

A captain the last two years, Rancourt tied for the team lead in scoring during the regular season with 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) and had a goal and five assists in three playoff games. He also scored the winner in last year’s state championship game, which snapped a 13-year title drought for the program.

“His skill and performance on the ice and his character off it was obviously a huge factor in bringing our team together,” Belleau said. “He takes his role as a leader seriously. He’s always looking out for the players. We became a family.”

It didn’t take long for Belleau to recognize Rancourt’s potential. By his sophomore year, Rancourt was getting a regular shift and was an “All-State caliber player,” said Belleau.

“He was always a very talented skater, always had good hands and a good shot,” Belleau said. “He continued to get stronger and grow. He’s really just an all-around solid player for our program, and he has gained the respect from coaches around the league.”

However, Rancourt wasn’t always so graceful on the ice. In fact, during his first time on skates, he told his dad he wanted to quit.

“He told me I had to stick with it,” Rancourt said. “He taught me a lot while he was here.”

When Rancourt was 7, his father, David, died in an accident the day of Rancourt’s first hockey game. David was a U.S. Army Reserve veteran who completed two tours in Iraq. He had served with the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years before suffering a fatal heart attack at age 40 while diving in the Androscoggin River searching for evidence in a criminal case.

Rancourt’s mother, Dawn – who was pregnant with Rancourt’s brother, Brock – broke the news to Jeromey before his Mites debut. He didn’t make it to his game that night, but he was on the ice for the next one.

“She’s my rock. She always told me, ‘You don’t have to be the man of the house,'” Rancourt said. “I never thought I had to be, but I knew I had to grow up a little bit earlier. Things weren’t going to be the same, and I wasn’t going to have that ideal childhood.”

Rancourt turned to hockey as a way to feel connected with father. On his stick are the numbers 1-1-5 – his dad’s license plate with the sheriff’s department. During the national anthem before every game, Rancourt talks to his dad.

“I ask him to look over me,” Rancourt said. “He’s with me every game.”

Rancourt plans to play junior hockey for the next year or two, but isn’t sure where. He just knows he wants to keep playing hockey.

“Once he passed, I wanted to do this for him, to make him proud,” Rancourt said. “I just don’t want that feeling to ever go away. I know it won’t, I know it will always be with me. It’s just one way to feel that I can be with him.”


Jackson Aldrich, Waterville senior forward: Aldrich led the state with 70 points (29 goals, 41 assists), two more than teammate Justin Wentworth. Both scored a hat trick in the Class B state final to help the Panthers win back-to-back titles.

Robbie Armitage, Falmouth senior forward: Armitage and his twin brother, Reece, were the only seniors on a team that won the Class A South title. The Travis Roy Award finalist had a team-high 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in the regular season.

Joe Bisson, Lewiston junior forward: Bisson led Class A with 24 goals and tied for the team lead with 44 points in the regular season, helping the Blue Devils win a second straight state championship.

Derek Fournier, Bangor senior goalie: Fournier, a Travis Roy Award finalist and returning All-State pick, finished the regular season with a 1.86 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. He helped the Rams reach the Class A North final.

Tanner McClure, Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach/Bonny Eagle senior forward: A team captain for three years, McClure recorded his 100th career point and led Class A players in scoring during the regular season with 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists). He was a semifinalist for the Travis Roy Award.

Eric Murray, Scarborough senior defenseman: An offensive-minded defenseman, Murray led the Red Storm in points during the regular season with 15 (seven goals, eight assists). He is a finalist for the Travis Roy Award.

Cole Ouellette, Lewiston senior defenseman: Ouellette compiled 32 points in the regular season (16 goals, 16 assists) for the two-time Class A champions.

Spencer Pierce, Falmouth junior goalie: Pierce had a .926 save percentage in the regular season – the best among full-time goalies. He was the only goalie to defeat Lewiston, making 48 saves in a 3-2 win over the Blue Devils in January.

Jeromey Rancourt, Lewiston senior forward: The returning All-State pick tied for the team lead with 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) in the regular season – second-most in Class A. He had a goal and five assists in the playoffs to help the Blue Devils repeat as champions.

Andrew Roderigue, Waterville senior defenseman: A returning All-State pick, Roderigue totaled more than 130 points for his career, including 51 (18 goals, 33 assists) in the regular season this winter.

Ricky Ruck, Biddeford senior forward: The Travis Roy Award semifinalist led the Tigers to the Class A South quarterfinals, collecting 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists) during the regular season.

Dominic Tocci, Portland/Deering forward: Tocci led the Bulldogs with 25 regular-season points (12 goals, 13 assists), helping them get to the Class A South semifinals. He scored the winning goal with one second left in the quarterfinals.


Jamie Belleau, Lewiston: The Blue Devils went into the season as the favorite in Class A and didn’t disappoint, going 20-1 to capture their second straight state title by defeating Falmouth 6-2 in the championship game.

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Lewiston’s Jeromey Rancourt wins Travis Roy Award Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:10:40 +0000 LEWISTON — Lewiston senior Jeromey Rancourt has more in common with Travis Roy than just a passion for hockey.

“Travis Roy has demonstrated how a tragedy can alter an individual’s path in life,” Rancourt said Sunday in a speech to a crowded room at the Ramada Inn.

Rancourt knows this all too well. After losing his father when he was 7, he turned his focus to hockey and became one of the top high school players in Maine. The forward led Lewiston to back-to-back Class A state titles, and he was honored Sunday as the winner of the Travis Roy Award at the Class A Hockey Coaches Association banquet.

The award, given to the top senior player in Class A, is named for a former North Yarmouth Academy standout who was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first shift in his first game for Boston University. He now lives in Boston and is a motivational speaker who works with a charity named for him that helps people who suffer from spinal injuries.

“Being nominated for this Travis Roy Award is an honor because of who Travis was on and off the ice,” Rancourt said. “Travis Roy has motivated me and so many other people in this world to keep moving forward in life no matter what kind of adversity comes your way.”

In his speech, Rancourt recalled the moment in the hospital when he learned his dad, David, had died. David served with the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years before suffering a fatal heart attack while diving into the Androscoggin River searching for evidence in a criminal case. He was 40.

“I was numb. I could have given up and not pursued my dreams, but I continued to be me,” Rancourt said. “I realized that all I wanted to do was play hockey and make my dad proud. If it wasn’t for my teammates, my coaches and my mom, I couldn’t have gotten through that tragic time in my life.”

Both Rancourt and his mother, Dawn, were teary-eyed after he was announced the winner.

“I don’t even … I’m speechless. Just very, very proud,” Dawn said. “He managed to push forward. He sat here three years ago and said, ‘I want that award.’ Then, when he found out he’d have to give a speech, he was like, ‘Yeah maybe not.'”

Dawn laughed, noting her son isn’t a fan of public speaking. “And here he is,” she said.

Rancourt tied for the team lead in scoring during the regular season with 44 points – 18 goals and a team-high 26 assists – then added a goal and five assists in three playoff games.

“He’s obviously one of the best,” Lewiston Coach Jamie Belleau said. “As good as his performance on the ice has been, he has been a good representation of his family, his teammates and his community. He’s humble and recognizes the importance of his teammates.”

Other finalists for the award were Falmouth forward Robbie Armitage, Scarborough defenseman Eric Murray and Bangor goalie Derek Fournier.

“(Rancourt) is just awesome,” said Armitage, who paced a young Falmouth squad to the state final with 33 regular-season points (16 goals, 17 assists). “You’ve seen what he has done. The award undoubtedly has to go to him.”

Murray, a defenseman who led Scarborough in scoring during the regular season with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists), also said Rancourt was “definitely deserving” of the award.

“Rancourt is spectacular,” Murray said. “I’ve been playing against him for a ton of years now, and he has scored countless goals against me. He’s dynamic, he makes plays happen, and I’m really happy for him.”

Rancourt said winning this award is an honor he will always cherish.

“It wasn’t until my father passed away where I realized I had more of a reason to play hockey, and I wanted to go as far as I could with the sport,” Rancourt said. “I strive to be the best person I can be on and off the ice to make my father proud.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or:

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Wells boys’ hockey players left out in the cold Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:48:18 +0000 Wells High is looking for a school to take in its boys’ hockey players.

Wells, which formed a co-op team with Noble for the past six years, discovered earlier this week that Noble was dropping the Warriors.

“I was certainly blind-sided when I got the phone call Monday morning,” said Wells Athletic Director Jack Molloy. “We’re actively looking for a partner.”

Noble, located in North Berwick, broke up with Wells because it believes it has a new partner: Marshwood High of South Berwick. The neighboring school districts combine for other activities, including a middle- school hockey team called the Knight Hawks.

“We thought it would be helpful to our players (to stay together),” said Noble Principal Joe Findlay. “We would also like to have the ability to form a (junior varsity) program – with Marshwood, we could have a JV program in place – giving our players a chance to develop their skills on the JV.”

But a Noble-Marshwood team hasn’t been decided on, according to Marshwood Athletic Director Rich Buzzell.

“We’ve talked about it. It kind of makes sense,” Buzzell said. “But it’s only a request at this point. They asked us to consider it. We’re going to look at our options.”

This winter, Marshwood used players from two other schools – Traip Academy in Kittery and Sanford – on its team. The Hawks had 13 players from Marshwood, six from Traip and two from Sanford. The 21-player roster allowed Marshwood to also schedule junior varsity games.

The Maine Principals’ Association allows schools to co-op to provide enough players for a team and/or give opportunities to players whose school doesn’t sponsor a team.

The MPA once limited co-ops, disallowing the mergers of big schools. But that rule is now routinely waived, once Portland and Deering merged for boys’ hockey in 2012.

The co-op is often used in ice hockey.

Of the 19 boys’ teams in Class A, 10 are co-op teams of two or more schools. Of the 16 girls’ teams in the state, 11 are now co-op.

The Noble-Wells merger began six years ago.

“We had a couple of kids who wanted to play,” Molloy said. “We reached out and Noble accepted us.”

The schools contracted for a two-year agreement and renewed it twice.

According to Molloy, the schools split the cost for transportation, referees and coaches’ stipends. A booster club helped pay for ice time, uniforms and gear.

The combined team had some success, reaching the regional semifinals in 2014 and 2015.

The Knights’ schedule toughened up the past two years. They finished 9-9 in 2016 and 3-15 this winter.

The 2016-17 team featured nine players from Wells and 12 from Noble.

Of the nine Wells players, only one was a senior, leaving eight with no team next year.

“It’s disappointing for our kids and parents who have worked so hard for the co-op,” Molloy said.

The Noble/Wells booster club president, Ken Webb, whose son is a sophomore at Wells, called Noble’s decision “unconscionable … Noble has no problem completely abandoning the Wells players.”

Webb said he met Friday with Noble Athletic Director Blair Morelli, who was not available for comment.

“We spoke of plans for the offseason and next season – looking at a potential JV program,” Webb said. “He listened, all the well knowing none of these were in his plans.”

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

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State hockey champs: Lewiston, Waterville score decisive victories Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:00:08 +0000 0, 11 Mar 2017 23:58:16 +0000 Boys’ hockey: Lewiston rolls to Class A title Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:09:27 +0000 LEWISTON — Lewiston’s Jeromey Rancourt didn’t have much of a voice after the Class A boys’ hockey state championship game Saturday night against Falmouth.

“I hope you can hear me,” Rancourt said with a smile before turning away to cough. “I’m fighting everything right now.”

The senior forward certainly didn’t appear sick during the game, helping the Blue Devils repeat as champions with a 6-2 win at a packed Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Rancourt had a goal and two assists as Lewiston scored six straight goals in the second and third periods before Falmouth answered with two late goals.

The state title was the 22nd for the Blue Devils (20-1), whose only loss this season was to Falmouth (16-4-1).

“This game boiled down to making smart decisions with the puck, utilizing our strengths and keeping our composure,” Lewiston Coach Jamie Belleau said. “We know that they like to play a physical game.”

Belleau said his team fell into that trap of trying to match Falmouth’s physical style when they played during the regular season. The Yachtsmen crawled back from two- and three-goal deficits in those games while the Blue Devils “spent too much time in the penalty box,” said Belleau.

This time, however, they maintained their composure and capitalized on two of seven power plays while allowing Falmouth just one.

“They’re just a powerhouse team. They’re well-coached, they’ve got incredible talent,” Falmouth Coach Deron Barton said. “When you come up against that, you almost have to be perfect. Maturity shows itself. They capitalized and made us pay for our mistakes.”

The Blue Devils outshot Falmouth 40-14. Jacob Strout stopped 12 shots for Lewiston, while Spencer Pierce made 34 saves for the Yachtsmen.

After a scoreless first period, Cole Ouelette kicked off Lewiston’s run 1:34 into the second period with an unassisted power-play goal.

“We just kept to our game,” said Ouelette, who finished with two goals. “Defense first, and offense will come.”

Alex Robert scored from Joe Bisson and Alex Rivet just 2:33 later before Rivet converted another power play, assisted by Rancourt and Nick Bisson, at 10:58.

Still, Barton said his team had a positive attitude going into the third period.

“We’ve come out of this before – we’ve got the resources in the room to do it,” Barton said he told his team. “We certainly were not thinking we were out of the game.”

But the Blue Devils never let up. Ouelette scored again from Cody Doyon with 11:16 left, and Joe Bisson made it 5-0 just 37 seconds later. Rancourt capped the surge with 8:39 remaining.

“You never feel safe,” Rancourt said. “At any moment in that game, they could take that one goal and that could spark them.”

After a 5-minute major on Falmouth late in the third period, the Yachtsmen came alive with two short-handed goals – an unassisted tally by Robbie Armitage with 4:03 left and a goal by Brendan Hickey, assisted by Marcus Cady, with 1:20 left.

But it was too little, too late for Yachtsmen. They will lose only two seniors, twins Robbie and Reece Armitage, who Barton said will be “sorely missed and very hard to replace.”

And Barton is already looking ahead to next season.

“When we get back here next year,” Barton said, “we’ve got to bottle this up and learn from it. It’s a growing experience.”

As for Rancourt – one of seven Lewiston seniors – he ended his career on the highest of notes. No illness could make him feel anything short of amazing.

“I feel the love between all of these guys,” Rancourt said, just before a teammate interrupted him with a hug. “This is my family.”

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Boys’ hockey: Waterville tops York to win Class B title Sat, 11 Mar 2017 20:06:56 +0000 LEWISTON — It was a fitting conclusion, the two most prolific scorers in Maine boys’ hockey shrouded in a school banner and lugging a trophy around the ice, posing for pictures and sharing hugs at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Jackson Aldrich and Justin Wentworth capped brilliant senior seasons, each registering a hat trick as part of Waterville’s 7-4 victory over York in the Class B state championship game Saturday afternoon. It was the second consecutive state title and 22nd overall for the Purple Panthers, who won their first crown in 1927.

Waterville, which finished 20-1, hasn’t lost to a Class B foe since the 2015 regional semifinals.

Aldrich finished with five points against York (17-3-1), bringing his point total for the season to 81. His second goal, with 3:34 remaining in the third period, snapped a 4-4 tie before he added an empty netter as time expired to finish his hat trick.

“We knew we had to complete the game. We had to finish the way we usually finish games, which is by winning,” said Aldrich, who scored 34 goals this season. “We just had to have the right attitude.”

“When they scored (to tie the game), we all looked at each other and said, ‘OK, now we just need one more,'” Wentworth added. “That’s the greatest part about this family. Our heads never dropped. We just kept it going.”

York’s Jacob Martin tied the game with 6:48 remaining. Martin figured in all four Wildcat goals as York battled back from a 4-1 deficit.

Martin’s goal set the stage for Waterville’s big finish. After Aldrich scored the tiebreaker, Wentworth got his third goal with 1:23 left, capitalizing when York’s defensemen, in full desperation mode, were caught pinching at the point and gave up a breakaway.

“There wasn’t much to say,” Waterville Coach Dennis Martin said of York tying the game. “(The players) knew that obviously we needed to get the next goal, and it just came down to working hard. The tougher the situation, the harder these guys worked to try and make something happen.”

York Coach Jim Powers was pleased with his team’s ability to battle back from a tough situation late in the second period.

“They’ve got some very good defensemen and some skilled forwards and they made it tough,” Powers said. “We didn’t back down – we battled back, but they beat us to the finish.”

Aldrich was instrumental in a good start for Waterville, which broke open a tie game with two goals on the first shift of the second period.

After York goalie Keenan Gamache (24 saves) was brilliant in the opening period while the Wildcats tried to find their legs, Waterville stormed out following the intermission. Wentworth centered from behind the net to an unchecked Michael Bolduc in the slot, and Bolduc swept his shot inside the right post along the ice for a 2-1 lead just 15 seconds in.

Waterville won the ensuing faceoff, charged up the ice and, in eerily similar fashion, Aldrich spotted Wentworth for a bang-bang goal only 18 seconds later.

“Once we got to this point (playing for the state championship), we knew we just had to cap it off,” said Wentworth, who finished with 47 goals this season. “Once one of us has the puck, if someone swarms to us, it leaves someone open. It gives us a lane.

“We’ve been playing for this our whole lives.”

Wentworth, who like Aldrich had three goals and two assists, made it 4-1 game at 12:24 of the second period, keeping the puck on a 3-on-1 rush and beating Gamache from the left circle.

York answered, however, with two goals in the final 2:13 of the period. Spencer Pickett and Andrew Bertolini, the overtime hero in a regional final win over Greely on Wednesday, scored to make it 4-3.

“Obviously, they’re a good hockey team over there,” Martin said. “You knew they weren’t going to fold, or they wouldn’t have gotten here.”

Aldrich and York’s Julius Lundgren traded first-period goals just 19 seconds apart. Gamache made 12 stops in a period that could have been one-sided, as the Purple Panthers got off to a quick, high-pressure start.

“He has a knack for making these huge saves that either get us back into the game or keep us where we were,” Powers said of his netminder. “He did that consistently for us all year long. He’s a fierce competitor.”

So, too, are Aldrich and Wentworth.

“I was never thinking about points, and I don’t think Justin was either,” Aldrich said. “We cared about the one goal. Our team motto was ‘one team, one goal’ throughout the year, and our goal was to win the championship. We did it.”

]]> 0 photo by Derek Davis Dalton McCann of York skates between Michael Bolduc, left, and Chase Wheeler of Waterville in the second period of the Class B hockey state championship game Saturday in Lewiston.Sat, 11 Mar 2017 20:20:01 +0000
Hockey state championships on the line Saturday Sat, 11 Mar 2017 01:09:12 +0000 Lewiston High Coach Jamie Belleau knows better than most that no lead is safe against the Falmouth boys’ hockey team.

Twice this season the Yachtsmen have rallied from deficits of two goals or more against Lewiston, and they handed the Blue Devils their only loss.

After splitting two games during the regular season, the teams will face off again at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston for the Class A state championship.

“We’ve got to minimize mistakes,” Belleau said. “You make a mistake, they’ll probably make you pay for it.”

Falmouth (16-3-1) won the Class A South final in similar fashion – down 2-0 before rallying to defeat Cheverus 3-2 on Tuesday. Falmouth Coach Deron Barton said his team was “solid” despite trailing 2-1 after two periods.

“We knew that they were tired and we had the momentum swing,” Barton said. “We focus on the next shift, forget about the score and just keep working hard. It paid off again.”

But he also understands the risk of playing from behind.

“We certainly can’t play like that Saturday night,” Barton said.

Not against the defending state champion. Lewiston (19-1), which defeated Scarborough last year in the final, is a deep and experienced squad that rolled past Bangor 6-0 on Tuesday for the Class A North title.

Joe Bisson and Jeromey Rancourt scored 44 points each for the Blue Devils during the regular season – the second-most in Class A.

“They’re a quality team. They’ve proved it all year long,” Barton said of Lewiston. “We’re young. The majority of our players are underclassmen with very little experience in this kind of showcase.”

Falmouth’s roster boasts only two seniors: the Armitage twins, Robbie and Reece. They are two of Barton’s leading scorers, with juniors Brendan Hickey and Theo Hembre. Robbie Armitage led the team in points during the regular season with 33; the other three each put up 22.

The Yachtsmen will be hard-pressed to get their shots past Lewiston goalkeeper Jacob Strout, who has four shutouts and allowed fewer than two goals a game on average. Falmouth is the only team to put up four goals against him.

“They’re a hungry team. We’re going to have to play our best game,” Belleau said. “We’ve got a lot of depth, experience and speed.”

The Blue Devils, who average seven goals a game, will face goalkeeper Spencer Pierce. Pierce has five shutouts, allowed an average of two goals per game, and stopped 48 shots for the Yachtsmen in a 3-2 win over Lewiston on Jan. 16.

The Blue Devils led 2-0 until late in the second period, when Hembre kicked off Falmouth’s comeback. He scored twice before Marcus Cady put away Reece Armitage’s rebound in the third period for the winner.

Five days later, Lewiston let a 3-0 lead slip away; Hickey and Robbie Armitage each scored twice to put the Yachtsmen ahead 4-3 late in the third. But the Blue Devils didn’t lose their cool – Cody Doyon and Bisson scored 25 seconds apart for a 5-4 victory.

“We have to come to play them like we did the last two times we played them,” Barton said. “If we can maintain the tempo and keep it close, it’s going to be a hell of a hockey game.”


York will take on an unfamiliar foe in Waterville, the defending state champion, in the Class B state championship game Saturday. That game also will be played at the Colisee, at 1 p.m.

More than 100 miles separates the schools, which didn’t meet in the regular season.

“We haven’t seen them and they haven’t seen us, so I’m sure we’re both scratching our heads about what we’re up against,” said York Coach Jim Powers. “I know they’ve got a good squad. They have a lot of dynamic forwards.”

Waterville (19-1), the Class B North champ, has averaged eight goals a game. Two of its forwards led the state in scoring during the regular season. Jackson Aldrich had 70 points (29 goals, 41 assists) and Justin Wentworth had 68 (42 goals, 26 assists). In all, seven players had more than 20 points,

“Our offense scores a lot goals,” said Waterville Coach Dennis Martin. “Both teams are going to be in the same boat. They’re probably going to be making adjustments on the fly during the game.”

Powers said there’s “a lot of distribution of goal scoring” among the Wildcats (17-2-1), with Tommy Carr (38 points), Julius Lundgren (37), Jake Martin (33) and Spencer Pickett (27) leading the team in the regular season. York goalie Keenan Gamache has six shutouts and allowed fewer than two goals a game.

“The strength of our team has been to consistently skate three lines out there against pretty much anybody,” Powers said. “Our kids are some very solid, powerful skaters.”

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]]> 0 Rancourt of Lewiston has hurt Falmouth before while stationed in front, and the Yachtsmen will be mindful of his presence Saturday night when the teams meet for the Class A state championship.Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:52:11 +0000
Boys’ hockey: York advances to Class B state final Thu, 09 Mar 2017 02:07:09 +0000 LEWISTON — After a slow first period for the York High boys’ hockey team Wednesday night, Coach Jim Powers said he wasn’t too concerned.

“We lost the first period and we said, ‘What’s the big deal?’ ” Powers said. “‘We can come back.’ Lo and behold, we came back.”

After trailing 1-0 through the first, the second-ranked Wildcats rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory against fourth-seeded Greely in the Class B South final at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

York (17-2-1) will play Waterville (19-1), the defending champion, in the state final at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Colisee.

Jacob Martin scored twice for York before Andrew Bertolini won it in overtime.

“My teammates made the play and forced the puck up to me,” Bertolini said. “All I had to do was put it home.”

Freshmen Matt Kramlich and Jake MacDonald scored for Greely (14-7).

“They’re both really good young players and they’ve been producing all year,” Greely Coach Barry Mothes said. “They blended in really well with the veteran guys on the team.”

York defeated Greely 6-2 on Feb. 15, but the Rangers seemed to peak at the right time. They upset top-ranked Gardiner – which beat York twice in the regular season – in the semifinals.

Greely outshot York 13-3 in opening period. Penalties hurt the Wildcats, who gave up three power-play opportunities to the Rangers, including a major on Julius Lundgren for boarding. Kramlich capitalized with a goal from Colby Robinson with 1:41 left in the period.

“Coach said, ‘We need to stay out of the box,’ ” Bertolini said. ” ‘This is our game and we can get back in it.’ ”

The Wildcats then outshot the Rangers 12-5 in the second. Lundgren nearly scored for York in the first three minutes but his shot bounced off the crossbar. Martin finally scored from Maxwell Pickett to tie it with 9:15 left.

“The first period was obviously upside down with all the penalties we took,” Powers said. “But we turned the momentum around in the second period, and the third was a free-for-all.”

MacDonald pulled the Rangers back ahead with 13:25 left in regulation when he scored on Ryan Sullivan’s cross. But Martin kept the Wildcats alive with an unassisted, short-handed goal on a breakaway after forcing a turnover.

“Unfortunately, in the end we just didn’t take care of a couple pucks coming out from the back in the way that we needed to,” Mothes said. “Sometimes you survive those mistakes but we didn’t tonight.”

York goalie Keenan Gamache finished with 27 saves. Josh Lawless had 25 for Greely.

With 3:19 remaining in overtime, Bertolini scored for the Wildcats’ first regional title in six years.

York won its last regional championship in 2011 by downing Greely 6-4 before edging Brewer 4-3 for the state title.

“We have epic battles every time we get to the playoffs,” Powers said. “Some of them are heartbreaking and some are glorious.”

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Boys’ hockey: Falmouth rallies to win Class A South title Wed, 08 Mar 2017 03:25:25 +0000 LEWISTON — Falmouth Coach Deron Barton said his boys’ hockey “woke up” Tuesday night, and that made the difference in the Class A South championship game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

The top-ranked Yachtsmen scored three unanswered goals and held second-seeded Cheverus to one shot on net in the third period to recover from a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 victory.

“To play a lethargic two periods and still be able to come back against a quality team, how can you not be proud of these guys,” Barton said. “We certainly can’t play like that Saturday.”

Garrett Tracey, Theo Hembre and Reece Armitage scored for Falmouth (16-3-1), which will play Lewiston (19-1), the defending champion, in the state final Saturday night.

On Tuesday, Falmouth got off to a slow start “for whatever reason.”

“I can’t even figure it out yet,” Barton said. “They were nervous, overly confident, over-prepared – who knows?”

The Stags (15-6) fired off three unanswered shots in the opening four minutes before Falmouth threatened. With 10:52 left in the first, Hembre got past a defender for a breakaway, but Jason Halverson blocked the shot for his first save. He notched 13 more that period.

Seven minutes into the game and four seconds into the Stags’ first power play, Ryan McSorley redirected a Cheverus shot for what briefly appeared to be a goal. But, after reviewing the play, officials overturned the call for high sticking.

It wouldn’t matter. Kieran Conley scored unassisted for the Stags on that same power play with 6:09 left in the first period. Despite outshooting Cheverus 14-6, the Yachtsmen entered the second down 1-0.

Conley wouldn’t limit his contributions to offense. He blocked several shots to help keep the Yachtsmen from getting any on goal for the first eight minutes of the second period.

Meanwhile the Stags fired off eight shots – all of which goalkeeper Spencer Pierce blocked. That is, until Falmouth gave Cheverus its third power play of the game, and the Stags again capitalized. Sean Walsh scored from Jesse Pierce with 6:02 left in the second. The call was – again – originally overturned. But it was ultimately ruled a goal, giving the Stags a 2-0 lead.

“We’ve been in this situation several times throughout the season and we have been successful coming back,” Barton said. “The last three minutes of the second period, the tide started to turn.”

Garrett Tracey – a sophomore Barton called an “unlikely hero” – gave the Yachtsmen some much-needed momentum, weaving through the Stags before scoring unassisted with 55.5 seconds left in the second. The goal cut Cheverus’ lead to 2-1.

“We went into the locker room solid. We knew they were tired and we had the momentum swing,” Barton said. “We just had to come up and capitalize, and we did.”

Forty-one seconds into the final period, Hembre scored on a Robbie Armitage assist to make it 2-2. Reece Armitage added another goal, assisted by Brendan Hickey and Parker Wyatt, to give Falmouth the lead with 8:02 left.

Hembre nearly cushioned that lead with 5:41 left. He finished a rebound, tipping the puck into Cheverus’ net, but not before the net got moved, which discounted the goal.

Falmouth outshot Cheverus, 36-17. Pierce finished with 15 saves and Halverson notched 33

The Yachtsmen won back-to-back state titles in 2013 and 2014. They split with Lewiston in the regular season, edging the Blue Devils 3-2 on Jan. 16 and falling 5-4 on Jan. 21.

“They’re a quality team. They’ve proved it all year long,” Barton said. “They’re deep and we have to play them like we did the last two times.”


LEWISTON 6, BANGOR 0: Top-ranked Lewiston (19-1) outshot second-seeded Bangor (12-8) 17-0 in the firsp period and won the regional title at Lewiston.

Alex Robert and Joe Bisson both scored twice, and Jean-Luc Dostie and Ryan Bossie each contributed a goal for the defending state champion.

UPDATE: This story was updated on March 10 at 10:10 a.m. to correct Parker Wyatt’s name.

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Boys’ hockey: Cheverus ousts Scarborough in overtime Sun, 05 Mar 2017 03:40:01 +0000 LEWISTON — After failing to capitalize on Scarborough penalties earlier in the game, the Cheverus boys’ hockey team finally got a power-play goal from Colby Anton with 1:32 remaining in a Class A South semifinal Saturday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee to send the game to overtime.

Then, Sean Walsh scored 2:49 into the extra period to lift the second-seeded Stags (15-5) to a 4-3 win over No. 3 Scarborough, the two-time defending regional champion.

“It came down to the end – we just didn’t quit,” Cheverus Coach Dan Lucas said. “The goals we got weren’t pretty goals. It could have gone either way.”

Cheverus will play No. 1 Falmouth in Tuesday’s regional final.

The Red Storm ended their season 11-8-1.

Cheverus and Scarborough split in the regular season, with the Red Storm winning 3-0 on Dec. 27 and the Stags getting a 3-2 victory on Feb. 11.

“It was back and forth – we started a little slow,” Lucas said. “But we stayed within our structure and just kept playing.”

Three minutes into the game, Scarborough’s Skylar Pettingill opened the scoring on a power play, assisted by Cam Smith and Justin Perry.

The Stags had a 10-7 edge in shots in the first period but failed to capitalize on three power plays. But with 1:28 left, Cheverus tied it when Walsh put away a Jesse Pierce rebound.

Ryan McSorley gave Cheverus its first lead of the game, scoring from Lukas Church 3:45 into the second period. But Scarborough controlled the period from there, outshooting the Stags 13-4.

Penalties again proved costly for Cheverus. With a 5-on-3 advantage, Scarborough’s Smith finished a Justin Perry shot to tie the score 2-2 with 3:26 left in the period.

Halfway through the final period, defenseman Eric Murray put Scarborough ahead 3-2, with an assist from Charles Bradish.

After failing to score on four earlier power plays, Cheverus finally converted. Anton scored from Aydan Smalley and Jesse Pierce, rounding the Scarborough net before scoring on a backhand shot.

“It doesn’t have to be a pretty goal,” Lucas told his team after the third period. “Just be strong on your stick around the net.”

In overtime, Walsh’s second goal of the night was the winner.

“We were cycling around the zone,” Walsh said. “We got a good shot in from the point, it jumped out right to me. I was in the right place at the right time.”

Scarborough finished with a 30-29 edge in shots. Scarborough’s Brandon Wasser made 25 saves, while Cheverus’ Jason Halverson notched 27 saves.

Falmouth swept Cheverus during the regular season, winning 5-0 and 4-3.

“They’re a good team and we had a really good game with them at the end of the year,” Lucas said. “It’s going to be an up-and-down game.”

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Boys’ hockey: Falmouth advances to Class A South final Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:52:27 +0000 LEWISTON — Top-seeded Falmouth overcame a shaky start and pulled away in the third period for a 5-2 win over No. 4 Portland/Deering in a Class A South boys’ hockey semifinal Saturday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

The Yachtsmen (15-3-1), who have reached the regional final four times in the last five years, will play second-seeded Cheverus for the regional title Tuesday night at the Colisee.

“Games like this, historically, are tough games,” said Falmouth Coach Deron Barton after his team defeated the Bulldogs for the second time this season. “I love the way Portland plays. I love how they kept their composure. They really gave us a battle, and that’s the way it should be.”

The score was tied 2-2 the end of the first period.

Portland/Deering’s Jacob Luce opened the scoring by putting in a shot from the slot less than five minutes into the game. It was the Bulldogs’ first shot of the game.

Falmouth tied it six minutes later when defenseman Robbie Armitage swept the puck inside the left post after receiving an across-the-slot pass from Brendan Hickey.

Three minutes later, Hickey made it 2-1 when he scored on a breakaway after stealing the puck in the neutral zone.

Portland (11-8-1) pulled even, though, with 0.7 seconds left in the period. Mason Martell slammed in a rebound for a power-play goal after goalie Spencer Pierce stopped a shot by Dominic Tocci.

“We’ve been here enough to know these games,” Barton said. “(Portland’s) got nothing to lose and everything to gain, so the pressure’s on us. You’ve got to work through it. We had a shaky first period because of those things.”

The score remained tied until late in the second period, when Theo Hembre put the Yachtsmen ahead with the first of his two goals.

Hembre capitalized on a turnover, snapping a shot from the top of the slot that went in off the crossbar.

“I thought we had a real good second period, (but) the third goal took a little gas out of us after playing pretty well,” Portland Coach Jeff Beaney said.

“We were determined to come back, but it’s playoff hockey. There’s not a lot of room out there.”

Hembre and defenseman Alex Grade scored in the first three minutes of the third period to put the game out of reach.

Portland was making its first appearance in a regional semifinal in more than a decade.

“Falmouth has been at this level for a number of years now and has got some quality players, and it was a learning experience for us,” Beaney said.

“We have a lot of heart. We showed a lot of class out there. The program took a big step forward.”

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Bangor holds on to beat Cony in A South semifinals Sat, 04 Mar 2017 20:13:11 +0000 LEWISTON — Derek Fournier never blinked, not when he surrendered a goal just 21 seconds after the opening puck drop and not when fending off a late two-man advantage for Cony/Hall-Dale/Monmouth with their own goalie pulled.

The Bangor High School netminder made 24 saves, including a key point-blank stop early in the third period, leading the No. 2 Rams to a 2-1 win over No. 3 Cony in the Class A North semifinals on Saturday afternoon at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Cony’s first shot of the day beat Fournier, but none the Rams’ further attempts did as Bangor advanced to Tuesday’s regional final for the first time under head coach Quinn Paradis.

“Sometimes I like to top the other goalie. If he’s making big saves at the other end, I like to try to top it — or match it, at least,” Fournier said. “Whenever a goalie is making big saves, it just fires me up to do even better on my end.”

Fournier did just that. At the opposite end of the Colisee, Cony’s Dalton Bowie (19 saves) was instrumental in holding back some key Bangor pressure in the first period and again on a power play early in the third, when he turned away a dangerous Kodi Legassie bid.

But Fournier, his team clinging to a one-goal lead, saved his best save of the night for the 2:30 mark of the final period — turning away Logan Leadbetter’s point drive and then acrobatically recovering to keep Cam Wilson from tying the game on the rebound chance.

“I’ve played with Derek for a long time (on the Maine Moose junior team), and we know how good he is,” Wilson said. “I think we were taking a little too much time trying to make ‘good’ plays because we were worried about the goaltending.”

“Their goalie played really well. He made some great saves,” Cony coach Chad Foye said of Fournier. “We had chances that were the chances we wanted, where we were going to the net well and getting shots away, but he’s good. He came up with a couple of second and third saves that make you wonder a little bit.”

It was a far cry from the opening minute of the game, when Nate Foye’s slapper from the right point pinballed off a pile of bodies in front and landed on the stick of Wilson, who had an easy tap-in chance at the left post for an early 1-0 Cony lead.

Bangor (12-7-0), and most of all Fournier, never panicked.

“It was a crazy bounce off our defenseman right to (Wilson’s) stick. I didn’t have many worries about it after,” Fournier said “It was just that we had to try and get back into the game really quick.”

Bangor tied the game at the midway point of the opening stanza, when Legassie scored a goal similar to Wilson’s. Jacob Muroe’s shot caromed awkwardly in the traffic in front of Bowie, squirting free to Legassie to wrist home.

The go-ahead goal was a backbreaker for Cony, with a poor clearing pass intercepted at the attacking blue line. Nick Cowperthwaite whacked home a knuckling shot just 50 seconds into the middle period that seemed to fool Bowie.

From there, Fournier took over.

“Derek stood on his head. That was probably the difference maker in the game, was our goaltender,” Paradis said. “It proves why he’s a senior and he’s gotten us to these games every year. You’ve really got to look at him. He carried us through those low moments and got us through it.”

Cony (14-6-0) couldn’t covert on either of its power plays in the final period, including a 6-on-4 advantage for the final 1:08 of regulation with Bowie pulled for an extra attacker. Like most of the period, the Rams enjoyed possession of the puck in the Bangor zone but couldn’t get enough traffic or bodies in front of Fournier to make his life more difficult.

“I try and keep the same mindset every game, but I knew for a fact that this was going to be a close game,” Fournier said. “I thought we did a really good job of clearing guys out in front of me so I could see the puck from the blue line. They have some pretty big boys on that team.”

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Boys’ hockey: Greely topples top-seeded Gardiner Sat, 04 Mar 2017 02:56:53 +0000 LEWISTON — Fourth-seeded Greely used a solid forecheck to knock top-seeded Gardiner off its game and rolled to a 5-2 win in a Class B South boys’ hockey semifinal Friday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Jake MacDonald and Andrew Moore each had a goal and an assist as the Rangers won for the 11th time in their past 12 games.

Greely (14-6) will play No. 2 York (16-2-1) for the regional title at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Colisee.

“Their forecheck was strong,” Gardiner Coach Sam Moore said. “They’re quick and they move the puck well. Our passes weren’t as sharp as they needed to be coming out of our zone. Our forwards weren’t moving their feet.

“You know, we’ve not been playing for the past two weeks, and our rust kind of showed in the first period.”

Greely Coach Barry Mothes said the development of his team’s forecheck was the main reason for the Rangers’ late-season surge.

“There’s nothing too magical about it,” he said, “I think the key behind it is just the effort, using our foot speed to pressure the puck hard and get on people and sort of force them to make multiple plays.”

The Rangers opened the scoring four minutes into the game when MacDonald slammed a rebound into the left side after goalie Michael Poirier used his blocker to stop Jackson Williams’ shot from the right circle during a two-on-two break.

One of the Tigers’ best scoring opportunities came during the final two minutes of the first period when Ryan Kelley broke in alone while his team was trying to kill the first penalty of the game. When the senior forward moved past the last defender at the top of the slot, goalie Josh Lawless slid out of the crease to break up the rush.

Early in a the second period, just after Gardiner finished killing the penalty, Ryan Megathlin made it 2-0. He stuffed the puck into the net after it had caromed of the back board when Ryan Sullivan’s shot went wide.

Five minutes into the second period, Gardiner defenseman Connor Manter put in a blast from out high, but the Rangers went ahead by two again less than a minute later on a goal by Matt Kramlich.

With less than five minutes left in the second, Jack Saffian, Greely’s captain, put in rebound for a power-play goal.

Moore and Gardiner’s Cameron Bigelow each had a goal in the final minute of the game.

Lawless made 28 saves.

“Our goaltender had another composed, steady game,” Mothes said. “It’s not like he had to play out of his (skates), but things kind of stuck to him, and there weren’t any rebounds.”

The teams split two regular-season games.

On Dec. 10, Gardiner (13-6) opened the season with a 3-2 win over the Rangers at the Ice Vault in Hallowell. On Feb. 7, Greely eked out a 5-4 win over the Tigers at Family Ice Center in Falmouth.

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Boys’ hockey: York rolls into Class B South final Sat, 04 Mar 2017 01:11:08 +0000 LEWISTON — The Yarmouth boys’ hockey team ran out of magic, and York made sure the Clippers wouldn’t pull off another playoff upset.

After beating No. 3 Cape Elizabeth 4-1 in a Class B South quarterfinal Monday, sixth-seeded Yarmouth had its hopes of a second-straight regional title stopped cold by No. 2 York, which took control early on its way to an 8-1 victory Friday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

The Wildcats (16-2-1), who hadn’t won a playoff game since 2012, will face No. 4 Greely in the regional final Wednesday at the Colisee.

“Sometimes, you go through a bit of a drought,” York Coach Jim Powers said. “This is a well-rounded squad right now.”

Yarmouth ended its season 8-11-1.

“Considering their success last year, we knew we had to give it our all,” York’s Jake Martin said. “This is new to all of us.”

York outshot Yarmouth 49-20. Martin, Andrew Bertolini and Jake Nelson each scored twice, and Dalton McCann and Julius Lundgren contributed a goal apiece.

“When you see guys giving up the puck and moving it – they’re not playing for themselves,” Powers said. “It’s harder to cover.”

York shut out Yarmouth 7-0 on Feb. 11. But the Clippers proved they shouldn’t be overlooked when they knocked off Cape Elizabeth, which tied York 4-4 in the final game of the regular season.

“We beat them earlier in the season, but that was one of our best games all year,” said York goalie Keenan Gamache. “They came out and beat Cape, and we knew we were going to be in for something good.”

Yarmouth goalie Dan Latham, who made 34 saves in the quarterfinals, stopped 41 shots against York but couldn’t do much to slow the Wildcats’ onslaught.

“Dan has been a rock for us all year,” Yarmouth Coach David St. Pierre said. “But a good hockey team is going to break through eventually.”

York outshot the Clippers 21-5 in the opening period. Bertolini turned a McCann pass into a goal with 7:45 left in the first. Martin made it 2-0 less than four minutes later, with an assist from Spencer Pickett during a power play.

The Wildcats added three goals in the second period.

Nelson found the back of the net after a pass from Max Pickett less than three minutes into the period, and Lundgren scored from Joe Graziano two minutes later. McCann extended York’s lead with 4:31 left in the period by putting away the rebound of a Tom Carr shot.

Bertolini scored his second goal early in the third, assisted by Carr and McCann. Martin then notched an unassisted goal before Bennett Travers put the Clippers on the board with 4:40 remaining, on an Owen Ramsay assist.

Nelson recorded a power-play goal with 55.6 left, assisted by Henry McCaddin and Graziano.

“It was nice to see we didn’t quit,” St. Pierre said. “I’m proud of the fact we made it to this point. Last year, we made a good run, and this year we ran into a good team. Hats off to them.”

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Boys’ hockey: Portland/Deering advances on last-second goal Thu, 02 Mar 2017 02:02:30 +0000 Dom Tocci scored on a backhander in the final second Wednesday night as fourth-seeded Portland/Deering advanced to the Class A South boys’ hockey semifinals with a 6-5 victory against fifth-ranked Massabesic/Bonny Eagle/Old Orchard Beach at Troubh Arena.

The winner capped a three-goal surge in the final 4:26 for the Bulldogs (11-7-1), who will meet top-ranked Falmouth (14-3-1) in the semifinals Saturday at Lewiston.

“I was in line with the scoreboard and Dom Tocci backhanded it,” Portland Coach Jeff Beaney said. “When I looked it was zero zero point one. Then everything went white when everyone jumped off the bench.”

Portland advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2003, when the team was solely made up of Portland players, not combined with Deering.

“There was a faceoff in our zone. I was honestly just trying to push the (opposing faceoff) guy forward and have Mason (Martell) come through (for a shot),” said Dominic Tocci.

“The puck trickled out and my brother (Donnie) caught it. (His shot) was blocked and it came right to me. I just threw it (on net) and hoped for the best.”

A penalty on Dom Tocci – who missed part of an 8-6 loss and 3-3 tie to the Mustangs (11-6-2) during the season after a major penalty and ensuing suspension – allowed the Mustangs to take a late lead.

With 8:14 left in a 3-3 game, Tocci’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taking a shot on goal after the whistle blew came at the same time of a Martell tripping call.

Massabesic wasted no time. Cameron Roy scored off a pass from Tanner McClure (one goal, three assists) four seconds after the penalties.

With Tocci still in the box, the Mustangs upped the lead to 5-3 only 1:08 later when Travis Marsh found the back of the net. McClure assisted.

A little more than two minutes later, at 4:26, Donnie Tocci picked up a rebound of Joe Herboldsheimer’s shot and buried a wrister. It was his second goal of the game.

“The guys were mad. They felt like things went against them there on the (two) penalties,” Beaney said. “The key was to make it a one-goal game. Massabesic was a little bit on their heels.”

After making it 5-4, the Bulldogs kept the puck in the Mustangs’ end for more than a minute. Beaney finally pulled goalie Sam Segal with 1:07 remaining with a faceoff in the offensive zone.

Miki Silva (one goal, one assist) drew the puck back to Cam King, who fired in a wrist shot with 1:05 left to make it 5-5.

“That is a good team we played. We knew it would be a battle to the end,” Massabesic Coach Loren Blair said. “I thought we had them where we wanted them. But we started to make mental mistakes and they capitalized on them. They worked hard all three periods and used every second of the game.

“We made some mental mistakes on faceoffs and not getting the puck into (our offensive) zone. It turned in a hurry.”

The teams traded goals to make the game 3-3. Silva, Donnie Tocci and Martell scored for Portland. Brandon Caron scored twice and Tyler Ouellette once for Massabesic.

“On the bench we knew it wasn’t over,” Dom Tocci said. “We were going to fight to the end. Luckily I was able to come through.

“Sometimes the puck just finds you.”

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Boys’ hockey: Cheverus advances with 5-2 win Wed, 01 Mar 2017 23:45:29 +0000 Ryan McSorley scored twice in the first three minutes of the second period Wednesday night to spark second-seeded Cheverus to a 5-2 victory against seventh-ranked South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete in a Class A South boys’ hockey quarterfinal at Troubh Arena.

The victory put the Stags (14-5) into a regional semifinal Saturday night against third-seeded Scarborough (11-7-1) at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

McSorley’s two goals put Cheverus in the lead for good.

“The leader shows up when he has to,” said Cheverus coach Dan Lucas. “McSorley came out in the second period and set the tone for us, and that’s what a leader does.”

McSorley, the team captain, snapped a 1-1 tie when he scored 14 seconds into the period. He got a backhander past goalie Joe Grant after weaving his way through the defense down the right side. “I had the goalie going one way and I just put it up high the other way,” McSorley said.

A little more than two minutes later, Mike Hatch’s shot from the left circle went in off McSorley’s body for a power-play goal to make it 3-1.

“(Hatch) had the puck at the point, and I knew he has a great shot and always gets it through, so I just got in front of the net and tried to screen the goalie,” McSorley said. “I got lucky. (The puck) went off me and right into the net.”

Until McSorley’s two goals, it looked like Grant, who made 17 of his 37 saves in the first period, would be able to keep the Riots in the game.

“He was awesome,” said South Portland Coach Joe Robinson.

Less than a month ago, Cheverus skated to a 10-0 victory against South Portland (7-11-1).

“I’m very proud of the guys,” Robinson said. “They came to work tonight. We’ve had a few games this season where we’ve played like that and some games were we didn’t. That’s the sign of a young team, and I’m hoping next year we can take it to another level.”

Still, Cheverus held a 42-20 edge in shots on goal.

Two minutes into the third period, Gus Lappin, another freshman forward, cut the Stags’ lead to one goal when he put in a shot from the top of the left circle for a power-play goal after Max Winson won a faceoff.

Less than five minutes later, Colby Anton swept a wide-angled shot into the right side to give Cheverus a 4-2 lead.

With 22 seconds left, Jesse Pierce completed the scoring with an empty-net goal.

David Woodford opened the scoring for the Stags seven minutes into the game when he flipped a rebound into the left side of the goal after Grant steered Pierce’s close-in shot away from the right side of the goal.

Devan Hannan tied it up five minutes later on a breakaway after intercepting a pass near his own blue line.

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Tuesday’s high school hockey roundup: St. Dominic advances Wed, 01 Mar 2017 03:09:19 +0000 AUBURN — Mack Pelletier scored three goals, including two late in the third period, to lead fourth-seeded St. Dominic to a 4-1 victory against fifth-ranked Poland/Leavitt/Oak Hill/Gray-New Gloucester in a Class A North boys’ hockey quarterfinal Tuesday night at the Norway Savings Bank Arena.

The Saints (9-10) will play at top-ranked Lewiston (17-1) in the semifinals Saturday.

Pelletier and Sam Blaisdell had power-play goals as St. Dominic grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Austin Taylor brought Leavitt (11-7-1) within 2-1 with a power-play goal midway through the second before Pelletier scored with 1:37 remaining in the game, then added an empty-netter in the final seconds.

OLD TOWN/ORONO 3, CAMDEN HILLS 2: Gabe Talon scored in overtime as the second-seeded Coyotes (15-2-2) beat the seventh-ranked Windjammers (4-13-2) in a Class B North quarterfinal at Orono.

Old Town will play third-seeded Brewer (12-6-1) in the semifinals Saturday.

Jack Morse scored on a power play at 11:11 of the second period for Camden Hills to tie the game.

Talon’s winner came 2:21 into overtime from Jacob Dubay.

HAMPDEN ACADEMY 3, HOULTON/HODGDON/SOUTHERN AROOSTOOK/KATAHDIN 0: The fourth-seeded Broncos (14-5) took a 2-0 lead in the first period and cruised past the fifth-ranked Shiretowners (9-9-1) in a Class B North quarterfinal at Brewer.

Hampden will be at top-ranked Waterville (17-1) in the semifinals Saturday.

Cooper Leland set up Joey McLain for the first goal at 4:08 and added an unassisted goal at 9:15.

Mark Thibodeau scored from Sam Economy after 3:14 of the second.

CONY/HALL-DALE/MONMOUTH 8, EDWARD LITTLE 4: Reid Hopkins scored three consecutive goals as the third-seeded Rams (14-5) handled the sixth-ranked Red Eddies (5-14) in a Class A North quarterfinal at Hallowell.

The Rams will face second-seeded Bangor (12-7) in a semifinal Saturday at Lewiston.

Avery Pomerleau added three goals for Cony. Cam Wilson also scored.

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Boys’ hockey: Greely tops Kennebunk Wed, 01 Mar 2017 02:52:43 +0000 FALMOUTH — After splitting a pair of regular-season games with Kennebunk, Greely knew what needed to be done in Tuesday’s Class B South boys’ hockey quarterfinal.

Greely got the job done, producing a 5-2 win at Family Ice Center to advance to the semifinals against Gardiner at 8 p.m. Friday.

“We talked a lot about – and this was true when we played them last Thursday – that we needed to get the game down below the dots,” said Greely Coach Barry Mothes. “We wanted to use our speed and agility, and we do have some good quickness. Kennebunk is a bigger and more physical mature team, so we had to use that quickness. The first time we played them we were kind of hanging on the perimeter, and it led to getting stripped and pushed around. Fortunately, we learned our lesson.”

Getting the game deeper in the Rams’ territory led to success throughout for the Rangers, who got two goals and an assist from freshman Matt Kramlich.

With 6:19 to go in the first, Greely defenseman Adam Rost collected a pass from Kramlich and sent a wrister toward the net from just inside the blue line.

His shot slipped in under the goalie Spencer DesRochers’ right pad for 1-0 lead.

Kennebunk tied the game with 1.6 seconds left in the period when Brenden Whitten picked up a loose puck in his own end and skated the length of the ice before he sent a backhanded shot into the top left corner of the net.

The Rangers made it 2-1 with 6:52 in the second period when the Rams couldn’t clear a loose puck in front of the net. After Ian Grant put a drive on net, Peter Lattanzi pushed the ricochet home for the lead.

With both teams skating with a man in the box, Kramlich skated the length of the ice and uncorked a shot over DesRochers’ pad for a 3-1 lead with 1:29 left.

Early in the third period, neither team managed a shot on net until 6:44 in when Kyle Beaupre scored on a pass from Justin Wiggins to pull Kennebunk within one.

A minute and a half later, Andy Moore pushed the Rangers’ lead back to two when he drove a Jack Saffian pass into the back of the net.

Kramlich iced the win when he forced a turnover near center ice and unleashed a blistering drive into the back Kennebunk’s empty net with under 30 seconds to play.

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Boys’ hockey: Scarborough knocks off Biddeford Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:29:41 +0000 LEWISTON — The third-seeded Scarborough boys’ hockey team came alive in the second period Tuesday, scoring three goals en route to a 3-2 victory over sixth-ranked Biddeford in a Class A South quarterfinal at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Cam Smith assisted on all three goals to help the Red Storm (11-7-1) advance to the semifinals for the sixth straight year.

Scarborough (11-7-1), the defending regional champion, will play Saturday against second-seeded Cheverus (13-5) or seventh-ranked South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete (7-10-1).

“I just thought we were really moving the puck well tonight overall,” said Smith, a senior forward. “I’m glad that I got to be on three good teams and make it this far.”

Colin Petit scored twice for Biddeford (10-9).

“We knew it was going to be a tight defensive game,” Biddeford Coach Jason Tremblay said. “I just think they played a little tighter. We just couldn’t generate enough offense.”

Scarborough outshot Biddeford, 25-16. But despite ending the opening period with a 7-3 edge in shots on net, the Red Storm entered the second down 1-0.

“We didn’t really have the will to score in the first period,” Smith said. “That second period, we started finishing.”

The Tigers didn’t get their first shot on goal until 81/2 minutes into the game, when Petit took one on a breakaway. Scarborough goalkeeper Brandon Wasser blocked the shot before diving on top of it.

But with 2:35 left in the first period, Petit managed to put a shot past Wasser – assisted by Brady Crepeau and Ricky Ruck.

“I just wanted them to take quick shots on net,” Scarborough Coach Norm Gagne said. “I told them, ‘Don’t try to do more than we’ve practiced.’ When you get into a playoff game like this, kids tend to try and do too much. Just keep it simple.”

The Red Storm came out sharp in the second period. On a power play in the first 25 seconds, Justin Perry scored from Mason Parks and Smith. Five minutes later, Parks and Smith assisted on another Scarborough goal – this one by Skylar Pettingill – for the Red Storm’s first lead of the game.

“They scored out of the gate – 30 seconds in,” Tremblay said. “I think they grabbed the momentum.”

But Colin Petit answered back less than a minute later. With 8:56 left, he tied the score again with a goal assisted by Curtis Petit and Colin Lavigne.

Samuel Neugebauer gave the Red Storm the lead for good when he put away a Smith rebound with 6:34 left in the second. Neither team would score again.

Wasser finished with 14 saves for Scarborough. Owen Sullivan of Biddeford stopped 22 shots.

The teams split two games in the regular season, with Biddeford edging Scarborough 2-1 on Dec. 23 and the Red Storm shutting out the Tigers 2-0 on Feb. 4.

“We knew it was a tough matchup but we knew we had beaten them earlier,” Tremblay said. “I’m proud of the senior leadership. They guided this team and it leaves us with a bright future next year.”

Scarborough has won its last three games, capping off its regular season with wins over Portland/Deering and South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete.

“I told them before the game, ‘Our veterans are going to have to play like veterans, and our younger guys are going to have to step up and learn what it’s all about,’ ” Gagne said. “When we run the system, we play well.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or

Twitter: TaylorVortherms

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Boys’ hockey: Yarmouth knocks off Cape with 3 goals from May in Class B South quarterfinals Tue, 28 Feb 2017 02:17:34 +0000 Cooper May scored a hat trick to lead sixth-seeded Yarmouth to a 4-1 upset over third-ranked Cape Elizabeth in the boys’ hockey Class B South quarterfinals Monday at Troubh Ice Arena.

Yarmouth improves to 8-10-1 and advances to play No. 2 York in the regional semifinals Friday at Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Yarmouth led 1-0 in the second period on a goal by Dom Morrill before May started his hat trick. Chris Romona made a hustle play on the forecheck, creating a turnover and dishing the puck to Bennett Travers, who found May in front of the net for a goal to give Yarmouth a 2-0 lead with 5:21 left in the period.

“(May) is a talent. When you got a big, strong body like that and you can skate the way he does, you add the will to compete there (and) that’s a tough force to stop,” said Yarmouth Coach David St. Pierre. “His will is stronger than anybody on the team’s and he showed it tonight.”

May made it 3-0 with 4:35 left in the third period and finished his hat trick with an empty-net goal in the final minute of play.

“My linemates made it really easy for me tonight. I had two great passes from Bennett out front but to be honest, I’m just psyched that we won,” said May.

The second period was chippy and became more so after Yarmouth made it 2-0. There were several scrums in front of the net that led to pushing and shoving. Cape Elizabeth went on a power play with 2:32 left when Yarmouth’s Caleb Morrison drew a matching roughing penalty with Cape’s Jack Roy-Becker and a 10-mintue misconduct for throwing Roy-Becker down.

“(The) keys tonight were just physicality and intensity level,” said May. “Tonight, as a team, we played a full 45 (minutes) and that’s the first time all year we’ve done that.”

Yarmouth didn’t convert on the power play, but killed off four Cape Elizabeth power plays.

Dan Latham stopped 34 shots to earn the win for the Clippers.

“I was just trying to make the first save and then my defense would really help me out, kick out my rebounds and make sure we got the puck out of the zone,” said Latham. “We got up on them early and that really helped.”

“That was a game that if it was our night and we’re getting the bounces, we’re scoring nine goals,” said Cape Elizabeth Coach Matt Buotte. “I just have to say that I tip my hat to Yarmouth. They’re a class organization.”

Ryan Collins broke up Latham’s shut out with 1:31 left in the game.

“(Latham) just gives us everything he’s got and he made some amazing saves tonight,” said St. Pierre.

Cape Elizabeth won both regular-season meetings: a 4-3 overtime win at home on Feb. 2 and a 3-2 win at Yarmouth on Feb. 21 in the Clippers’ regular-season finale.

“We had some tough losses to (Cape Elizabeth) and it feels really good to put a full 45 minutes together and come out on top,” said May.

The Clippers had lost seven of their last eight games heading into the postseason.

“We refocused on a theme and our team is about family, about coming together and working for each other,” said St. Pierre.

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Waterville hockey overcomes slow start, bad ice Sat, 11 Feb 2017 21:59:06 +0000 WATERVILLE — A win is a win, but Waterville High School certainly was put to the test on Saturday afternoon.

The Purple Panthers slogged through a sluggish start and bad ice conditions, escaping with a 3-1 over Houlton/Hodgdon/Southern Aroostook/Katahdin in a Class B North boys hockey matinee at Colby College’s Alfond Rink. The unbeaten Purple Panthers (16-0-0) got the state-leading 39th goal of the season from senior center Justin Wentworth and a two-point effort from senior winger Jackson Aldrich in a game mired by poor ice from the lack of an ice resurfacer during either intermission.

The arena’s electric Zamboni was only being used between games on Saturday.

“It was the same for both teams,” said Waterville coach Dennis Martin. “Both teams played on it. That’s how you have to look at it. You have to tip your cap to those guys. We didn’t play our best game, but you can’t take away anything from the opponent. We had some opportunities that we would normally capitalize that we didn’t. It happens.”

Though the visitors were the ones who had to travel nearly 200 miles for the matinee start, Waterville was actually the team that appeared to be fighting bus legs in the opening period. The Purple Panthers racked up 16 shots over the first 15 minutes, but the fluidity that has been a staple of their transition game throughout the season was largely absent.

But, as the second period opened, Waterville looked much more like its old self.

“We weren’t like our normal selves (in the first),” Martin said. “We weren’t really flying, I guess. But you always seem to be feeling out the other team in the first period just to get a feel for things, too.

“We started coming around.”

Just 2:12 into the middle period, Wentworth whacked home the rebound of Chase Wheeler’s drive from the right point. At 9:34, the lead doubled when Aldrich found Roderigue sneaking in from the left point for a top-shelf wrister and a 2-0 lead.

“I don’t know if it was the weather or what, but we were kind of slow today,” Wentworth said. “We haven’t had practice for a couple of days, but we can definitely look forward to skating in the next practice.”

Houlton/Hodgdon responded when Garrett Perkins cashed in on what appeared to be a harmless 2-on-2 over the Panther blue line at the 12:29 mark on just the Blackhawks’ third shot of the period.

Waterville, however, does what Waterville has done so well all season long: it responded.

Thirteen seconds after seeing their lead cut to 2-1, Wentworth streaked across the attacking blue line and centered for Aldrich, who pulled the puck onto his backhand and easily beat goalie Ian Neureuther (43 saves).

“We knew that the puck was slowing down more, so we really wanted to shoot more,” Wentworth said. “We wanted to get it in their zone and shoot it. We wanted to really try to pepper their goalie. The puck wasn’t moving at all, so we wanted to get it in and get to rebounds.”

With ice conditions having rapidly deteriorated by the time the third period rolled around, Houlton/Hodgdon was able to slow Waterville some over the final stanza. By the same token, it kept the Blackhawks from being able to find a quick, up-ice counter strike.

Waterville outshot the Blackhawks by a 3-to-1 margin (46-13) for the game, hitting a couple of posts and just missing on open chances in front. Aldrich, who now has 26 goals on the year, missed two point-blank opportunities with the goalie trapped out of position.

Martin felt that if a few of those near-misses had turned into goals, like they often have this season, the game would have had a much different feel.

“It was more like we were playing on practice ice,” Aldrich said. “It was slower, and we had to adjust to it. We never really got to that adjustment, but we tried to keep playing our game and hope for the best.”

Travis Barrett can be reached at 621-5621 or at:

Twitter: @TBarrettGWC

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Wednesday’s boys’ roundup: Falmouth rides second-quarter surge past Cape Elizabeth Thu, 09 Feb 2017 04:12:53 +0000 FALMOUTH — Colin Coyne scored 10 second-quarter points to help Falmouth surge ahead in a 60-44 Class A South boys’ basketball victory over Cape Elizabeth on Wednesday night.

The Yachtsmen (13-4) used a 20-10 run to go up 32-24 at halftime and held off the Capers (10-7) throughout the second half.

Coyne finished with 25 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and dished out 11 assists. Sean Walsh scored 19 points.

Andrew Hartel led Cape Elizabeth with 16 points. Quinn Hewitt hit two buckets from behind the arc and finished with 12 points.

PORTLAND 69, CHEVERUS 46: Terion Moss scored 25 points and the host Bulldogs (16-2) posted a 37-18 second-half advantage on their way to defeating the Stags (11-7).

Moss connected on three 3-pointers and added eight rebounds.

Jack Casale led Cheverus with 18 points.

YARMOUTH 79, LAKE REGION 40: Nolan Hagerty had 12 points during a 27-13 first-quarter run, and the Clippers (15-2) used a 28-5 second-quarter advantage to pull away from the Lakers (8-9) at Yarmouth.

Hagerty finished with 18 points. Gibson Harnett scored all of his 16 points in the first half, while Aleksander Medenica added 12 points and Najee McQueen 10.

Tyler Walker led Lake Region with 21 points, while Luke Porter contributed 10.

WAYNFLETE 59, TRAIP ACADEMY 29: Jack Meahl scored 10 of his game-high 13 points in the second half as the Flyers (12-5) pulled away from the Rangers (6-11) in Kittery.

Christian Brooks scored 12 points and Alex Saade added 11 for the Flyers, who outscored the Rangers 31-10 in the second half.

Dalen Hubbard scored 10 points to lead Traip Academy.

WESTBROOK 53, BIDDEFORD 44: Landon Sjoberg scored nine of his 13 points in the third quarter, hitting three 3-pointers, helping the Blue Blazes (13-5) get past the Tigers (8-9) in Biddeford.

Zac Manoogian also had 13 points and Kyle Champagne scored 12 for Westbrook, which outscored Biddeford 15-8 in the third to take a 35-30 lead.

Patrick Pearl scored 12 points for the Tigers.

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 79, TEMPLE ACADEMY 52: Chandler Waldron and Miles Chapman each scored 20 points, and the Panthers (12-5) held a 46-24 lead at the half in a win over the Bereans (8-10) in Yarmouth.

Waldron hit six 3-pointers and scored all 20 of his points in the first half. Te’Andre King added 18 points for the Panthers.

Bradley Smith led Temple Academy with 24 points.

MASSABESIC 73, NOBLE 65: Nick Amabile hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter as the Mustangs (2-15) used a 23-13 run to open an 18-point lead against the Knights (0-17) at Waterboro.

Zion Mercado had 30 points and grabbed 12 boards for Massabesic, while Amabile finished with 26 points.

Zach Deroches and Brandon Davis combined for three quick 3-pointers for Noble early in the fourth quarter to halve the deficit but the Mustangs were able to quell the rally. Deroches finished with 19 points, while Davis added 18 and James Hashem 13.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 72, FREEPORT 33: John Henry Villanueva scored 12 of his 19 points during the first half as the Patriots (8-9) opened a 29-14 halftime lead over Freeport (5-12) in Gray.

John Martin added 16 points for Gray-New Gloucester, Josiah Rottari had 11 and Hunter Colby 10.

Connor Dostie and Eriksen Shea each scored eight for the Falcons.

WELLS 82, POLAND 56: Deandre Woods scored 22 points and the Warriors (13-4) cruised to a victory over the Knights (6-11) in Wells.

The Warriors had five players score in double figures, including Riley Dempsey, who had 16 points, and Tyler Dewey, who added 12 on four 3-pointers.

Kurtis Leighton led the Knights with 20 points, connecting on four 3-pointers.

WINTHROP 55, HALL-DALE 51: Jacob Hickey scored 19 points, grabbed six boards and dished out six assists to lead the Ramblers (18-0) past the Bulldogs (13-5) at Winthrop.

Jett Boyer hit four baskets from behind the arc and finished with 16 points for Hall-Dale.


GREELY 5, GARDINER 4: Jack Saffian scored the go-ahead goal with 1:10 remaining, just six seconds after Ben Kennedy’s tying goal, and the Rangers (7-5) battled back from a 4-2 third-period deficit to beat the Tigers (9-4) at Family Ice Center in Falmouth.

Matthew Kramlich started Greely’s rally with 5:27 remaining.

Ryan Megathlin and Andrew Moore also scored for the Rangers.

Ryan Kelley had a goal and two assists for Gardiner, while Tanner Hebert, Joe Clark and Connor Manter each added a goal.

CAPE ELIZABETH 3, MARANACOOK/WINTHROP 2: Chris Laprade and Matthew Laughlin scored 42 seconds apart for a 2-1 first-period lead, Jack Roy-Becker added a second-period goal and Cape Elizabeth (9-4) held on to beat the Black Bears (0-14) in Kents Hill.

Bailey Stockford scored from Matt Ingram 54 seconds into the game for a Maranacook lead. Laprade tied the game at 5:47, with Laughlin scoring the go-ahead goal at 6:29.

After the Capers extended the lead to 3-1, Dan Shea tallied in the opening minute of the third period to make it a one-goal game.

Will Hays kept the game close with 47 saves for the Black Bears, and Ingram finished with two assists. Peter Haber made 12 stops for Cape Elizabeth.

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Boys’ hockey: Cape Elizabeth surges to overtime victory Fri, 03 Feb 2017 04:13:37 +0000 Phillip Tarling had two goals, including the overtime winner, to lead Cape Elizabeth to a 4-3 win over Yarmouth in a Class B boys’ hockey game Thursday night at Troubh Arena.

Tarling delivered the winner with traffic in front of the net just 31 seconds into overtime.

“We just lost in overtime (Saturday to Cheverus) so we knew we had to come out fast and get a quick one,” said Tarling. “We went out and worked hard …somehow it went in.”

Cape Elizabeth (8-4) was without starting goalie Peter Haber, who was sick.

“We thought (Haber) was going to be able to go, then about two minutes before the game he (became too sick),” said Cape Coach Matt Buotte.

Garrett Mello took the start instead and came through with 17 saves.

“We knew we could count on (Mello). He works just as hard as anybody at practice,” said Buotte.

Mello made his biggest save with two seconds remaining in regulation, a dive to his right to stop an open shot by Chris Romano.

“I don’t know how many saves (Mello) made today but what can you say? Wow,” said Buotte.

Cooper May led Yarmouth (6-6-1) with two goals and an assist.

May recorded his first goal after just 49 seconds, taking a pass in front from Bennett Travers. May deked his way around Mello and fired from the left side.

May added his second goal midway through the first period on a five-on-three power play, giving the Clippers a 2-0 lead.

Cape Elizabeth answered with 3:16 remaining in the first period on a nice give-and-go between Alex Glidden and Ben Ekedahl.

On a two-on-one in the neutral zone, Glidden dished to Ekedahl, drawing the defender. Ekedahl hit Glidden in stride as Glidden skated up the ice, leading to a breakaway.

Glidden delivered with the Capers’ first goal.

The Capers made it 2-2 with just under one minute left in the first on the first goal by Tarling.

“We got down early and I knew we were going to make it a long night for (Yarmouth) regardless if we won the game or not,” said Buotte.

The Clippers regained the lead with 4:35 left in the second period on a Bill Jacobs goal.

“We rebounded pretty well (after losing the lead). We picked up the energy and kept battling hard,” said Yarmouth Coach David St. Pierre.

The lead was short-lived. Glidden made it 3-3 just 48 seconds later.

“There’s one thing you can control once the puck drops. You can’t control what the opponent does, you can’t control the referees, you can’t control the crowd. You can control your heart, your hustle, and I’m so proud of my guys,” said Buotte.

Yarmouth fell to 5-2 on the road this season and has to play its next game at Gardiner, which is the top-ranked team in Class B South.

Cape Elizabeth has won seven of its last eight games and will next play at winless Maranacook. The Capers defeated Maranacook 11-0 earlier this season.

“We’re only as good as our next game. This game is all fine and great, it’s a good win. But if we turn around and lose our next one, what does it matter? We want to keep building on this,” said Buotte.

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Boys’ hockey: Cheverus wins with another quick start Fri, 27 Jan 2017 04:21:37 +0000 It’s easy for high school athletes to let the importance of a game get the best of them. In its second meeting against crosstown rival Cheverus, the Portland/Deering boys’ hockey team had a temporary lapse of focus when emotion took over Thursday night.

The Stags took advantage with three goals in a 61-second span midway through the first period en route to a 5-3 victory at Troubh Arena.

When the teams first met Jan. 2, Cheverus also opened a 3-1 lead in the first period on the way to a 5-2 win.

“(The quick three goals) was the game tonight,” said Bulldogs Coach Jeff Beaney. “There is a lot of emotion in these games. They want to win so bad that they got a little rattled in the first period.”

Cheverus (6-3), which moved into third place in the Class A South Heal point standings – passing Portland – controlled the first two periods, stretching its 3-0 lead in the first period to 4-0 after the second.

“We had a nice start tonight with the quick three goals,” Cheverus Coach Dan Lucas said. “I thought for the first two periods we were pretty sound. We didn’t give up a lot of shots and we stayed out of the penalty box. If you have those two things, you have a good chance (at winning).”

The tone of the game was set in the opening minutes when both teams hit anything that was close. The result was the Bulldogs (6-4) didn’t register their first shot on goal until 3:37 had elapsed. The Stags went 1:08 longer before landing a shot on Portland goalie Sam Segal (17 saves).

The hard hitting continued throughout the game. Five of the 10 penalties were for cross-checking.

Cheverus opened the scoring 8:50 into the game when Jackson Wilson cleared the puck out of his defensive zone to David Woodford, whose shot was just wide. Luke Church then picked up a rebound of Marco Giancotti’s ensuing shot and scored from in close.

Forty-seven seconds later, Sean Walsh pounced on a rebound of his own shot from between the circles and slipped the puck just inside the left goal post.

The Stags’ third goal was scored at 9:51 when Walsh picked up a rebound off the back boards and buried a wrister from the bottom of the right circle.

Giancotti and Justin Ray picked up assists.

The only goal in the second period came less than one minute in. Ryan McSorley gathered a rebound and scored from the bottom of the right circle. Colby Anton, who took the initial shot, recorded the assist.

Portland came out strong in the final period and scored after 35 seconds, cutting its deficit to 4-1. Miki Silva took a pass at the blue line from Jake Luce (two assists) and unloaded a slapper that eluded Cheverus goalie Jason Halvorsen (16 saves).

Cheverus didn’t cave, answering 43 seconds later when Jess Pierce drove down the left wing and found the short side above Segal’s shoulder.

“I thought if we got the first goal (of the third period) we had a chance, but unfortunately Cheverus scored right after (our first goal),” Beaney said.

The Tocci brothers – Dominic and Donnie – recorded the final two goals for the Bulldogs.

Donnie Tocci’s goal cut the Cheverus lead to 5-3 with 3:08 to play.

UPDATE: This story was updated at 10:05 a.m. on Jan. 27 to show Sean Walsh scored Cheverus’ third goal, and again at 5:33 p.m. to correct the time span between the first three Cheverus goals.

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Boys’ hockey: Lewiston thwarts Falmouth comeback Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:27:47 +0000 FALMOUTH — Not again. That’s what Lewiston Coach Jamie Belleau was thinking late in Saturday’s boys’ hockey game against Falmouth inside a packed Family Ice Center.

After watching a 3-0 lead slip away, the Blue Devils nearly suffered their second loss to Falmouth in six days. Brendan Hickey and Robbie Armitage combined for four straight goals, with Armitage recording two short-handed goals just 57 seconds apart to put the Yachtsmen up 4-3 with 5:53 remaining.

That prompted Belleau to call a timeout.

“We have to relax,” Belleau said of his message to his squad. “There’s still a lot of game left. We’re a good team and we’ll figure this out.”

On Monday, Falmouth scored three unanswered goals to hand the reigning Class A state champions their first loss of the season, 3-2. This time, though, Lewiston had the final say, scoring two goals in the final five minutes to earn a 5-4 win.

“We battled back – that’s what’s most important,” said Lewiston’s Alex Rivet, who had two goals and an assist. “That’s a playoff atmosphere game.”

Falmouth fell to 7-2-1, finishing a difficult week with its second straight loss. The Yachtsmen fell 2-1 to St. Dominic on Wednesday.

“I think, all in all, it was a valuable week,” Falmouth Coach Deron Barton said. “You lose some games but you gain maturity in the process.”

Lewiston (10-1) came out like a team with something to prove, scoring three goals in the first period. Rivet put the Blue Devils on the board at 3:47, assisted by Sam Frechette. Rancourt made it 2-0 just 15 seconds later, with an assist from Jack LeBlond, and Rivet scored on a power play at 11:04, with a shot that sailed through traffic after a pass from Rancourt.

Brendan Hickey started Falmouth’s comeback just 23 seconds later, sending a shot into the top right corner. Reece Armitage assisted on the goal.

The Yachtsmen had four power plays in the second period and fired off 10 shots, but goalie Jacob Strout helped the Blue Devils sustain their two-goal lead.

Two minutes into the third, though, Hickey put in a rebound, with assists going to Robbie Armitage and Marcus Cady. Then, with Hickey serving a five-minute major, Robbie Armitage scored two short-handed, unassisted goals, and Falmouth suddenly had a 4-3 lead.

“His game gets elevated when a situation presents itself like that,” Barton said. “That’s the type of player he is.”

But Lewiston eventually capitalized on Falmouth’s penalties. With the Blue Devils on a five-on-three advantage, Cody Doyon tied the game with 4:29 left, assisted by Cole Ouellette. Lewiston still had a man advantage when Joe Bisson scored the winner 25 seconds later, assisted by Rancourt and Rivet.

Strout finished with 24 saves, while Spencer Pierce had 26 saves for Falmouth.

“It’s disappointing we gave them those two plays,” Belleau said of Robbie Armitage’s goals, “but the fact that (we) came back and responded the right way is good.”

Barton lit up at the prospect of a third meeting between these teams, which would be in the state final.

“That’s what high school hockey is all about,” said Barton. “Put 5,000 fans in the Colisee, drop the puck and let’s have fun.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or:

Twitter: TaylorVortherms

]]> 0's Jeremy Rancourt wins a race to the puck ahead of Falmouth's Alex Grade during their Class A hockey game Saturday at Family Ice Center. Rancourt finished with a goal and two assists, and Lewiston won, 5-4.Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:19:18 +0000
Boys’ hockey: Romano’s two goals spark Clippers Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:38:09 +0000 Yarmouth boys’ hockey coach Dan St. Pierre described Chris Romano and Cooper May’s chemistry on their line as “instant.”

That was evident Thursday night in Yarmouth’s 4-3 victory over Portland/Deering at William B. Troubh Ice Arena. Romano had two goals and an assist, and May contributed a goal and an assist.

“We put those two guys together about halfway through last year,” St. Pierre said. “Ever since then it has been building.”

Portland fell to 6-3 despite a 26-18 edge in shots on goal.

“I thought they were a little more competitive in front of the two nets,” Portland Coach Jeff Beaney said. “We kind of lost our focus.”

The game was physical. The Bulldogs had six power-play opportunities while allowing Yarmouth (5-3-1) just one.

“A lot of penalty-kill time but I’m proud of the way the guys reacted to it and kept their head in a difficult situation,” St. Pierre said. “We came out of it, kept our cool, kept focused on what we had to do as a team instead of things we couldn’t control.”

Yarmouth scored first, May converting a Romano assist with 4:38 left in the first period. Romano and May again proved too much for Portland’s defense with 8:51 left in the second, this time Romano scoring from May on a power play.

“He’s a heck of a player,” Romano said. “His puck movement and vision makes it pretty easy to put the puck in the back of the net.”

The Bulldogs answered about four minutes later when Cam King capitalized on a five-on-three power play, assisted by Joe Herboldsheimer.

But Joe Truesdale made it 3-1 with a backhanded goal on an Owen Ramsay assist with 2:52 left in the second period. Romano then scored his second goal – this time unassisted – with 10:59 left in the game.

Dominic Tocci pulled the Bulldogs within 4-3 with two goals less than a minute apart. King assisted on the first with 3:50 left, then Alex McGonagle on the second with 2:27 remaining.

Dan Latham finished with 23 saves for Yarmouth. Sam Segal had 14 for Portland.

“You get off to a good start and all the sudden it gets a little bit harder when you hit that first speed bump,” Beaney said.

But Beaney is optimistic. Last year Portland missed the playoffs with a 5-13 record. This season the Bulldogs trailed only Falmouth in Class A South heading into Thursday’s game. And their success is no fluke. They have been tested by teams such as Scarborough – the state runner-up – a team Portland edged 1-0 on Jan. 12.

Yarmouth, which advanced to last year’s Class B state championship game, got off to a slower start this season. But its three losses have been to powerhouses Waterville, Falmouth and Gardiner

Portland will play next Thursday at Cheverus – a team that beat the Bulldogs 5-2 early this season. Yarmouth will play Saturday at Greely, which St. Pierre described as a “huge rivalry game.”

“I think we’re starting to get there,” St. Pierre said. “The guys are learning the hard way but they’re learning.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or

Twitter: TaylorVortherms

]]> 0's Chris Romano checks Alex McGonagle of Portland/Deering during a boys' hockey game Thursday at Troubh Ice Arena. Romano scored twice and set up another goal in a 4-3 win.Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:09:30 +0000
Boys’ hockey: Lewiston shrugs off brief deficit to beat Biddeford, 4-1 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 02:56:26 +0000 BIDDEFORD — Lewiston, the top team in Class A North, trailed for just 41 seconds Tuesday night before finding its rhythm to register a 4-1 boys’ hockey victory over Biddeford at Biddeford Ice Arena.

“(Lewiston) played excellent hockey tonight – they were all over us,” said Biddeford Coach Jason Tremblay. “Like I told our team, they beat us in all phases of the game – they outskilled us, outworked us and outplayed us. They’re a great team and they’re number one in the state for a reason.

“We’ll learn from it. It’s a good measuring stick for us.”

The Tigers (4-2) scored 57 seconds into the game when Colin Petit beat Blue Devils goalie Jacob Strout (10 saves) to the puck between the circles and poked the puck into an unoccupied net.

But Lewiston (7-0) tied it 41 seconds later when Sam Frechette knocked in a rebound from in close with Tanner Cortes and Alex Rivet collecting assists.

The Blue Devils gained the lead for good, scoring with 1:21 left in the evenly played first period. Rivet’s hard shot from the top of the left circle was kicked out by Tigers goalie Justin Larnerd (30 saves), but the rebound came to Joe Bisson at the bottom of the right circle and he one-timed it into an empty net.

“We had to pause after the goal,” Rivet said. “Everyone looked around and wondered what (had) happened. We said let’s play our game and we’ll get back into it.

“Every championship team has ups and downs. Bouncing back (quickly) in a big game like this is what we needed.”

Lewiston stretched the lead to 3-1 on Alex Robert’s breakaway goal at 5:51 of the second. He took a long pass from Cole Ouellette and beat Larnerd with a wrister to the high stick side. Strout was credited with the second assist.

Biddeford still had plenty of opportunities with four second-period power plays. It had a two-man advantage for 43 seconds at the end of the period when the Blue Devils received a 5-minute major for boarding, but the Tigers weren’t able to get a shot on goal.

With fresh ice to start the third period, the Tigers still had 3:19 on the major penalty but again couldn’t generate much. They recorded three shots on goal, but Lewiston had two.

Midway through the third Biddeford went on its fifth man advantage. But Rivet, Frechette and Bisson (twice) all had quality-scoring chances as Lewiston had a 4-0 shot advantage on the power play.

“We could have let the game get away because we took too many penalties,” said Lewiston Coach Jamie Belleau. “But on the flip side our man-down coverage was very good. We had some good scoring opportunities.”

All Tremblay could do was commend the visiting team.

“With the power plays we had chances to get back in the game, but we just didn’t respond,” he said. “I tip my cap to them.”

Cody Doyon scored Lewiston’s final goal when he knocked in a rebound from the goal crease off Dustin Larochelle’s initial shot from the left circle.

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High school hockey notes: Rams see positives in weekend loss to Lewiston Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:58:13 +0000 The Cony/Hall-Dale/Monmouth boys hockey team didn’t pick up a win against unbeaten Lewiston on Saturday afternoon at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, but the Rams might have earned something nearly as valuable as a move up the Heal point standings.

“We definitely grabbed another gear compared to our last few games,” senior center Cam Wilson said. “(Lewiston) has definitely been our hardest competition. It was nice to see we can play with them.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t beat any team in our league after playing this game.”

On Monday, despite the loss, Cony remained third in the Class A North standings at 4-2-0. While head coach Chad Foye isn’t necessarily one for moral victories, he liked what he saw from his team against the Blue Devils.

“They make you skate a little bit quicker and move a little bit quicker, and you’ve got to make quicker decisions when you play them,” Foye said. “You always want to try to get better every game. You always look to improve and take things away from every game and say, ‘We can build on this.’ I think the effort (Saturday), we can build on. The speed we played with, we can build on.”

What Cony doesn’t want to do is fall into the trap of thinking that what it did against Lewiston, in which it executed a defensive game plan that often left the Blue Devils frustrated, is ‘good enough.’

“We can’t slip back into a lower gear and go play lazy,” Foye said. “We can’t be lazy in our next games. We’ve got to keep getting better and keep building. That’s the thing you take away. We can be this good if we really try and focus on it, but we’ve got to expect to be this good every time we go on the ice.”

• • •

Gardiner is off to an impressive start.

The Tigers entered the week at 4-1-0, including a victory over reigning Class B South champion Yarmouth, and at the top of B South in Heal points.

“We have eight seniors, and I think it’s their leadership,” Gardiner head coach Sam Moore said of the key for his team. “It’s just been hard work, and I think they’re learning that it pays off.”

All five of Gardiner’s games have been decided by three goals or less, including a 3-2 win over Greely in the season opener and a 3-1 win over York last week. Where inexperienced teams might cave under pressure, the Tigers are thriving.

And Moore is happy to have played an abundance of tight contests.

“Last year, we had some close games, but we also had some games where we blew teams out,” Moore said. “When that happens, a team can get a little complacent. When they know they have to go in and battle every night, they come ready to play.”

Senior goalie Michael Poirier ranks third in Class B among netminders with more than 100 minutes played this season, in both save percentage (.910) and goals against average (2.20). Statistics aside, his presence in net has an effect on everything else.

“It helps the defensemen, because they know if they make a mistake they’ve got someone there to back them up,” Moore said. “I think it helps us be more of an aggressive team like we want to be.”

This week should put the Tigers and their ability to succeed in close games to the test. They play at No. 3 Kennebunk (6-1-0) on Thursday before hosting unbeaten and reigning Class B state champion Waterville on Saturday.

• • •

Fans might not recognize the face, but the name will certainly be familiar.

Last week against Maranacook/Winthrop, Messalonskee freshman Dylan Cunningham recorded the first hat trick of his varsity career. Cunningham is the younger brother of Chase Cunningham — who captained the Eagles’ 2014 Class B state title team — and Jared Cunningham, the all-time leading scorer in Messalonskee history.

“Well, we can’t fill those shoes. We’re just young kids,” Dylan Cunningham said after an 11-1 win over the Hawks at the Bonnefond Ice Arena. “But we’re trying to do our job.”

Thus far, the newest Cunningham has done his job well enough to earn the trust of Messalonskee coach Kevin Castner. Cunningham has spent the early part of the season on the team’s second line, alongside senior center Jack Moore, while also earning spot duty as the right wing on Dylan Brown’s first line.

“Dylan (Cunningham) has got good eyes, good vision, good stickhandling skills and things like that, and there’s an entire line out there with him to help him and support him,” Castner said. “He can pretty much play with any line you put him on. That just goes to show that our boys try to work hard when they’re out there and do their jobs.”

Cunningham ranks third on the team with six goals and nine points; his six goals tie him for second with senior Tyler Lewis, two goals behind Brown’s team-leading eight.

Messalonskee is 4-3-0, holding onto the sixth of seven playoff spots in Class B North.

“We haven’t played a lot together. We’re kind of getting used to each other, and we’re picking it up,” Cunningham said. “We’re making the passes, and we’re starting to know where each other is going to be. I think it’s going well.”

• • •

Maranacook/Winthrop head coach Chip Jones expected this to be another building year for the Hawks, but that doesn’t make it any easier to endure as the losses pile up.

Maranacook/Winthrop is winless as the midway point of its season (0-9-0), having scored just four goals while surrendering 86.

“It is baby steps. That’s been our problem all year long,” Jones said. “In practice, it’s pressure-pass, presssure-pass. In games, it’s no pressure and then we just get rid of the puck and panic. That’s what happens with a young team. They hear the skate blades when they’re not there.”

Jones is hoping that the Maranacook Youth Hockey Association’s participation numbers will boost the varsity program in the not-too-distant future.

“I have four seniors this year and lot of underclassmen. That’s the way we’re going to go for the next few years,” he said. “We’re going to graduate light and bring in heavy on the bottom.

“We’ll still be inexperienced, but I’ve got two freshmen defensemen that will, in four years, have four years of varsity playing under their belt. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s a long tunnel.”

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Boys’ hockey: Kennebunk pulls away from Greely Mon, 09 Jan 2017 23:35:56 +0000 BIDDEFORD — Brenden Whitten had three goals and an assist to lead the Kennebunk boys’ hockey team past Greely 5-1 in a Class B South game Monday at the University of New England.

Whitten scored in all three periods to help the Rams improve to 7-1. The senior forward’s timely goals proved crucial in beating the Rangers (3-3), who, despite the lopsided score, finished with a 26-18 edge in shots on goal.

“He stepped up big tonight, and we needed it,” Kennebunk Coach Sean Smith said of Whitten. “He definitely played a big role in getting the win.”

Whitten scored the Rams with 9:42 left in the first period. Jakub Simikak brought the puck into Greely’s defensive zone before crossing it to Whitten, who scored on Kennebunk’s first shot on goal.

Greely’s Matt Kramlich answered with 3:10 left in the period when he scored from Jake MacDonald. The Rangers held a 9-4 edge in shots after the first period.

“I thought we had a lot of momentum coming out of that period,” Greely Coach Barry Mothes said. “Unfortunately, we weren’t intense enough in the first five or six minutes of the second period. That really hurt us.”

Kennebunk came alive in the second period. Whitten scored his second goal with 12:10 left on an assist by Christian Putnam. Two minutes later, Whitten picked up an assist when Simikak put away a rebound of a Whitten shot to give the Rams a 3-1 lead.

“After the first period, we knew we didn’t really play our best,” Whitten said. “We had more in us. We just came out harder and right away just started battling. I think we took a good momentum swing after that first goal, which allowed us to get that second one.”

The Rangers, however, looked poised to close the gap. They opened the third period firing nine shots on goal while allowing the Rams just one.

However, Kennebunk goalkeeper Spencer Desrochers and his defense thwarted Greely’s efforts to climb back into the game.

“Miles Eaton and Walker Robinson had incredible games on defense,” Smith said. “Without them and the way they anchored the defense tonight, we wouldn’t have gotten this win either.”

Kennebunk added two empty-net goals in the final minutes. Whitten scored his third on another Putnam assist (1:07), and Zachary Brown scored from Kyle Beaupre with 48.1 seconds left.

Desrochers finished with 25 saves, and Greely’s Karsten Bourgoine had 13.

“Our goalie, Spencer Desrochers, has saved us in the last two games,” Whitten said. “It just really helps us win when we have that security net behind us. Even if we do get beat, he has our back.”

Kennebunk has won its past five games and totaled 43 goals this season. The Rams’ only loss was 4-0 on Dec. 20 to Class A Thornton Academy.

Before Monday, Greely’s only two losses this season had been to last season’s Class A and B Southern Maine runners-up: Falmouth and Gardiner. Greely will play Saturday at Cape Elizabeth, and Kennebunk plays host Gardiner on Monday.

“We were coming down here to win today,” Mothes said. “We made it really hard for us to get back in the game. It’s a competitive league, and this wasn’t good enough.”

]]> 0, ME - JANUARY 9: Jack Saffian of Greely and Nathaniel Jewett of Kennebunk battle fore control of the puck during a hockey game at the Harold Alfond Forum at the University of New England in Biddeford on Monday, January 9, 2017. (Photo by Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer)Mon, 09 Jan 2017 23:32:50 +0000
Boys’ hockey: Cheverus beats Portland/Deering for City Cup Tue, 03 Jan 2017 02:42:25 +0000 Cheverus won the City Cup for the fourth consecutive year, beating Portland/Deering 5-2 in a Class A boys’ hockey game at jam-packed Troubh Ice Arena Monday afternoon in Portland.

The annual game between the two crosstown rivals is normally played on New Year’s Day. Because that holiday fell on a Sunday this year, it was played Monday.

“It’s a great time to get kids to come out on a day off and both schools were well-supported,” Cheverus Coach Dan Lucas.

The standing-room-only crowd made for a highly-charged atmosphere.

“This game always has increased intensity no matter how different the teams’ skill levels are,” said Cheverus senior forward Ryan McSorley, who scored two goals and had an assist to earn most valuable player honors.

Cheverus, 5-3 in City Cup games, tapped into that increased intensity level right off when Colby Anton slid a rebound inside the right post 20 seconds into the game after Portland goalie Sam Segal stopped Cam Dube’s shot from point-blank range.

“We always try to come out with intensity and get off to a fast start,” said McSorley, who drew an assist on the play.”

Less than five minutes later, Alex Brewer put in another rebound to make it 2-0.

“We stood around,” Portland/Deering Coach Jeff Beaney said. “We’ve been changing some people around and we were very tentative in our own end early on.”

Midway through the first period, Mason Martell put in a shot from left circle to cut the Stags’ lead, but McSorley scored his first goal less than two minutes later for a 3-1 lead.

The Bulldogs climbed back into the game when Cam King scored a power-play goal 27 seconds into the second period.

In the waning moments of that period, Portland forward Dylan Wike received a 5-minute major penalty for hitting from behind. The Stags took advantage of that penalty when Jesse Pierce’s shot from the left circle went in off the stick of a defender less than two minutes into the third period.

“These games are so emotional,” Beaney said. “We had it leveled off and then we made some decisions and took some penalties, and I think that was the difference in the game.”

McSorley scored his second goal with less than two minutes left.

It was Portland’s first loss of the season after a 3-0 start.

“I certainly didn’t plan to go 20-0 on the year, but you want to keep getting better,” Beaney said “If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. Hopefully, a game like this helps. As a program, we haven’t been in many important games, (so) this type of thing will help us in the playoffs.”

Cheverus is 3-3.

Five of the Stags’ first six opponents this season qualified for the playoffs last season, three of them played for regional titles.

“We wanted to be playing against the best teams,” Lucas said.

“I try to play four lines as much as I can. I know a lot of teams don’t do that. We want to get the guys exposed. We have a good skating team. If everybody can contribute, we think it will help us towards the end (of the season).”

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Boys’ hockey: Biddeford blanks Thornton Academy Sun, 01 Jan 2017 00:31:09 +0000 BIDDEFORD — There aren’t many boys’ hockey rivalries in Maine fiercer than the one between Biddeford and Thornton Academy, which have combined for five Class A state championships in the last 10 years.

For eight sophomores and six freshmen playing their inaugural varsity season for Thornton Academy, there was a rude welcome to the rivalry Saturday, as Biddeford earned a 3-0 win at Biddeford Ice Arena.

The 14 underclassmen learned that taking advantage of opportunities is paramount. And keeping your head on swivel is important, too, as two Trojans ended up in the hospital after thunderous hits.

“This is nothing new. Emotions run high (in a Biddeford-Thornton Academy) game,” said Thornton Coach Jamie Gagnon. “We have a young team that was just introduced to the rivalry.

“Our main concern is for the two guys at the hospital, and we are hoping for the best for both of them.”

Chandler Bilodeau was knocked out of the game on a hit near center ice. The contact resulted in a 5-minute major and game misconduct with 2:43 left in the second period.

Biddeford’s Brady Crepeau had scored only 30 seconds earlier, assisted by Logan Magnant and Ricky Ruck, to increase the lead to 2-0, so the power play was a chance for the Trojans (2-3) to cut into their deficit.

But Biddeford goalie Owen Sullivan (16 saves) made three saves while his team was short-handed, including a tough one on Nick Beaudoin from in close.

“It (didn’t) help that one of the cornerstones of our power play is taken out on that play,” Tremblay said of the injury to Bilodeau. “We had to shift some things around, and that makes it a little tough to get a unit together that has had a chance to work together.”

A little more than three minutes later, Sullivan stretched out with his stick along the goal line to thwart Chase Wescott’s shot to the far corner on a give-and-go with Luke Chessie, preserving the shutout for Biddeford (3-1).

“(Owen) works so hard and it is great to see him have a huge game like that,” said Biddeford defenseman Joey Curit.

“(Killing the major penalty) was absolutely huge. It’s a huge difference between 2-0 and 2-1, so we knew we had to keep on battling, and if we … weathered the storm we’d be fine.”

In addition to Bilodeau’s unspecified injury, the Trojans lost another forward, Josh Lessard, who was injured late in the first period.

Colin Lavigne put Biddeford on the board with 2:11 remaining in the first period when he buried a shot from in close after Magnant’s pass from behind the net.

Ruck, who was flying around the ice all afternoon, iced the victory with an empty-net tally with three seconds remaining. Max Mourmouras collected an assist.

“This is a big win for us,” said Biddeford Coach Jason Tremblay. “We’ve beaten Scarborough, Cheverus and now Thornton Academy. And we were right there with Falmouth, so we feel we are starting to pick it up and (we’re) improving every day.

“It’s early in the season, so it is about getting better. And I thought we did that today.”

]]> 0 Wescott, left, of Thornton Academy and Tyler Laflamme of Biddeford keep their eye on the puck during a Class A South hockey game Saturday at Biddeford Ice Arena. Biddeford won, 3-0.Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:38:02 +0000
Boys’ hockey: Lewiston tops Scarborough in rematch of state final Thu, 22 Dec 2016 04:22:22 +0000 LEWISTON — In a Class A state championship rematch at Androscoggin Bank Colisee Wednesday night, Lewiston defeated Scarborough once again.

The Blue Devils (2-0) scored three goals in the last five minutes of the second period to come back from a 2-1 deficit for a 4-2 victory over the Red Storm (0-2-1).

The last time the teams met was in March, when Lewiston edged Scarborough 2-1 for the Class A title.

“Playing Scarborough is always a fun game,” said Lewiston forward Joe Bisson, who scored in both games. “It’s always exciting because we’re big rivals. It can get pretty intense at times, and people can lose control over their emotions. But, overall, we love playing them.”

Penalties helped Lewiston notch two of those goals, with the Blue Devils capitalizing on two of their seven power plays. Lewiston gave Scarborough six power play opportunities.

“If we weren’t on a power play, they were, and vice versa – I guess that might have played to our advantage a little bit,” Lewiston Coach Jamie Belleau said of the second period. “I thought Scarborough played a really good game. They’re missing some players. … I thought they blocked a lot of shots and got under our skin a little bit.”

Scarborough was missing two of its top players – Cam Smith and Justin Perry – because of injuries, which forced the team to rely on some younger players. Sophomores Anthony Burnham and Brett Rockey accounted for Scarborough’s goals.

“That’s the top team in the state,” Scarborough Coach Norm Gagne said of Lewiston. “I told them I thought this was going to be the toughest team they’re going to face all year. … Overall, I was pleased.”

Scarborough goalkeeper Brandon Wasser kept the Red Storm in the game with 33 saves. Lewiston’s Jacob Strout made 10.

Lewiston outshot Scarborough 15-3 in the first period, but it was the Red Storm who managed to get on the board first. Burnham scored unassisted with 11:49 left to give Scarborough a short-lived 1-0 lead.

The Blue Devils answered less than a minute later when Bisson scored from Scarborough’s right post, tapping the puck past Wasser to tie the score 1-1. Cody Doyon and Brad McLellan assisted on the goal.

Scarborough again took the lead when Rockey scored a goal assisted by Eric Murray with 11:11 left in the second period.

However, Scarborough was only able to withstand the Lewiston attack for so long.

With 4:53 left in the second period, Sam Frechette capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play with a goal assisted by Jeromey Rancourt to tie the score again.

Dustin Larochelle gave the Blue Devils their first lead of the game less than 30 seconds later with a goal assisted by Frechette on a power play.

Lewiston’s Brad McLellan scored perhaps the most impressive goal of the game with 1:48 left in the period. From the center of the rink and with the Blue Devils short-handed, McLellan scooped up the puck and arced his shot into Scarborough’s goal for a 4-2 lead.

The final period was much less eventful, with neither team scoring. Lewiston notched a 10-7 edge on shots in the period and a 37-13 advantage overall. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Jan. 25.

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Tuesday’s boys’ roundup: 3-pointers help Bonny Eagle top Scarborough, 61-57 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 04:21:52 +0000 SCARBOROUGH — Connor Sirois nailed five 3-pointers Tuesday night to lead Bonny Eagle to a 61-57 boys’ basketball win against Scarborough.

Sirois finished with 15 points, connecting on three shots from long-range in a close fourth quarter. Zachary Maturo scored a game-high 17 points for the Scots (3-1). Jackson Hogan added 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers.

Nick Fiorillo led Scarborough (0-5) with 13 points, and Jaquan Seme added 12 points.

PORTLAND 73, LEWISTON 31: Terion Moss scored 13 of his 25 points in the second quarter as the Bulldogs (4-0) pushed a 17-15 lead to 42-19 over visiting Lewiston (0-4) at the half.

Moss also led a Portland defense that held the Blue Devils to four second-quarter points by taking away the passing lanes and attacking the ball.

Griffin Foley added 15 points for Portland. Luke Madore’s 10 points led Lewiston.

FREEPORT 48, SACOPEE VALLEY 44: Joey Burke and Matthew Nielsen combined for nine third-quarter points as the Falcons (1-3) rallied back to grab a 33-31 lead and held off the Hawks (0-4) at South Hiram.

Sacopee Valley had a 27-19 halftime lead.

Toby Holt and Connor Dosties each had nine points to lead a balanced offense for Freeport, and Burke finished with eight points.

Cameron Cyr led the way for the Hawks with a game-high 20 points, Alex Mudgetts chipped in with 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

THORNTON ACADEMY 69, SANFORD 50: Austin Boudreau hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Golden Trojans (4-0) over the Spartans (2-2) in Sanford.

With the game tied at halftime, Thornton Academy pulled away in the second half, outscoring Sanford 38-19.

David Keohan added 16 points for the Trojans.

Brad Bouchard led the Spartans with 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers.

GREELY 64, GORHAM 53: Matt McDevitt scored eight points during the second quarter as the Rangers (5-0) turned a four-point deficit into a 31-26 lead over Gorham (1-3) in Cumberland.

Jordan Bagshaw then scored eight of his 16 points in the second half as Greely slowly widened the lead.

McDevitt finished with 19 points. Jackson Fotter scored 26 for the Rams.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 55, POLAND 53: Kyle Allen hit a layup at the buzzer for the winner for the Seagulls (2-2) as they edged the Knights (2-2) at Poland.

Poland trailed by as many as 16 points with 1 minute to play in the third quarter, but rallied led by 11 fourth-quarter points by Kurtis Leighton.

Ian Regan had 15 points to lead four Old Orchard players in double figures, Brian Davis had 14 points, and Allen finished with 12 points and Cody Blanchette tossed in 10.

Leighton finished with a team-leading 16 points, including three baskets from behind the arc, and Caleb Hodgkin added 13.

BIDDEFORD 59, CAPE ELIZABETH 36: The Tigers (2-2) forced 26 turnovers and posted a 37-18 advantage in the second half as they easily defeated the Capers (1-2) in Cape Elizabeth.

Cody Saucier led Biddeford with 10 points, hitting two 3-pointers. Caleb Ball and Patrick Pearl each added nine points.

Marshall Peterson scored 11 points for the Capers, and Finn Bowe added 10 points.

YARMOUTH 65, MARANACOOK 45: Jonathan Torres scored 15 points and the Clippers (4-1) led 32-18 at the half on their way to defeating the Black Bears (0-5) in Yarmouth.

Nolan Hagerty added 14 points for Yarmouth.

Kyle Wilbur led Maranacook with 10 points. Silas Mohlar added nine points, hitting two 3-pointers.

WESTBROOK 39, FRYEBURG 36: Westbrook scored off a turnover and Zac Manoogian hit a pair of free throws as the Blue Blazes (2-1) notched the final four points of the game to slip past the Raiders (2-2) in Fryeburg.

Fryeburg attempted a pair of 3-pointers in the final seconds, but missed.

Landon Sjoberg added 11 points for Westbrook, Cody Gullikson’s 18 led Fryeburg.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 63, LINCOLN ACADEMY 54: John Martin scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Patriots (2-2) took control of a game that was tied 40-40 after three quarters at Newcastle.

John Henry Villanueva went 4 for 4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and finished with 16 points for Gray-New Gloucester, and Josiah Rottari tossed in 10 points, including three 3-pointers.

Bryce York led Lincoln Academy with 21 points and Keyden Leeman added 13 points.

WAYNFLETE 53, NORTH YARMOUTH 44: Jack Meahl’s 21 points led Waynflete (3-1) to a victory over the Panthers (1-3) in Yarmouth.

The Flyers, leading by four with three minutes to play, combined steals with five successful free throws to nail down the win.

Asker Hussein scored 11 points for the Flyers, and Jake Malcom had 14 and Haven Cutko 11 for North Yarmouth.

KENNEBUNK 57, LEAVITT 50: Cameron Lovejoy hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Rams (3-1) over the Hornets (0-4) in Kennebunk.

Lovejoy scored 10 in the third quarter in which the Rams outscored the Hornets 23-10.

Nick Angello led the Hornets with 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers.

OCEANSIDE 73, LAWRENCE 62: Mason Cooper scored 43 points, but it was not enough as the Mariners (3-0) earned the win in Rockport.

Mike Norton scored 22 points to lead Oceanside and Nate Raye added 19.

Braden Ballard and Brandon Hill each had five points for Lawrence (0-4).

MESSALONSKEE 64, CAMDEN HILLS 54: Griffin Tuttle had seven points, eight rebounds, six assists and six blocks to help the Eagles (2-2) to the win in Camden.

Nate Violette led all scorers with 26 points, and James Kouletsis had 18 for Messalonskee.

Devin Bangel scored 25 points for Camden Hills (2-2).

MEDOMAK VALLEY 64, NOKOMIS 58: Kyle Donlin’s 18 points helped the Panthers remain unbeaten, in Newport.

Brent Stewart added 12 points for Medomak (4-0).

Zach Hartsgrove had 27 points for Nokomis (3-1), and Brad Allen added 12 points and seven rebounds.

SEACOAST CHRISTIAN 59, GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 29: Caleb LaCroix had nine of his 11 points in the second quarter as the Guardians (3-2) pulled away to a 36-16 halftime lead and downed the Lions (1-3) at South Portland.

Jet Archer had 12 points and grabbed six boards to lead the way for Seacoast Christian, Sky Archer added nine points and six rebounds, and Marlon Bernard chipped in with nine points and six steals.

Ethan Spaulding led Greater Portland Christian with eight points.

RICHMOND 76, ST. DOMINIC 44: The Bobcats (5-0) held a 46-16 lead at halftime and easily cruised to victory over the Saints (0-3) in Richmond.

Zach Small and Matt Holt each scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds for Richmond.

Sam Rines scored a game-high 21 points for the Saints.

WINSLOW 69, BELFAST 63: Jack Morneault scored 18 points and Spencer Miranda added 17 points to lead the Black Raiders (4-0) over the Lions (2-1) in Winslow.

Dylan Hutchinson scored 10 points for Winslow.

Nolan Woods led Belfast with 23 points.

FOREST HILLS 72, BUCKFIELD 50: Parker Desjardins scored 24 points to lead the Tigers (1-3) in Jackman.

Dalton Gregoire added 15 points for Forest Hills.

Noah Wiley had 11 points for Buckfield (0-4).


FALMOUTH 9, YARMOUTH 1: Reece Armitage and Alex Grade scored within the opening 46 seconds of the second period as Falmouth (2-0-1) began to run away from a 1-1 first-period tie against the Clippers (1-1-1) in Yarmouth.

Armitage scored the first of his three goals three minutes into the game for a 1-0 Yachtsmen lead, only to have Yarmouth’s Bill Jacobs tied the game with a minute left in the period. But Falmouth skated to victory with four goals in each of the next two periods.

Grade finished with two goals, and Garrett Tracey and Jack Kidder each had a goal and an assist. Spencer Pierce blocked nine of the 10 shots he faced in net for Falmouth. Dan Latham had 39 saves for the Clippers.

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Monday’s high school roundup: Yarmouth girls’ hockey beats Cape Elizabeth Tue, 20 Dec 2016 04:24:30 +0000 YARMOUTH — Katherine Clemmer had four goals and an assist as Yarmouth/Freeport scored five consecutive goals to come back and beat Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland 7-6 on Monday in girls’ hockey at Travis Roy Arena.

Cape Elizabeth scored three straight goals in the second period to take a 5-2 lead. Yarmouth then scored twice before the end of the period and three more times in the third to go up 7-5.

Caroline Grant added two goals and two assists for Yarmouth and Kelsey Meyer had a goal.

Sophia Venditti scored twice, and Eliza Connelly, Katherine Zajkowski, Hannah Bosworth and Katherine Grinder each scored once for Cape Elizabeth.

Abby Joy stopped 21 shots for Cape Elizabeth, and Violet Leith had three saves for Yarmouth.

GREELY 1, SCARBOROUGH 0: Bridget Rogers scored in the second period as the Rangers (5-1) beat the Red Storm (3-1-1) in Lewiston.

Mckenzie Cormier stopped 15 shots for Scarborough. Nikka Todd had 27 saves for Greely.


GREELY 3, SCARBOROUGH 2: The Rangers (2-1) scored three consecutive goals and held off the Red Storm (0-1-1) at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee at Lewiston.

Matthew Kramlich, Ryan Megathlin and Quinn Molloy scored for Greely. Eric Murray and Eric Quirk scored for Scarborough.


MEDOMAK VALLEY 52, OCEANSIDE 36: Kyle Donlin and Brent Stewart each had seven points in the fourth quarter as the Panthers (4-0) pulled away from the Mariners (2-1) at Waldoboro.

Donlin finished with 21 points and Cameron Allaire added 12.

Sam Atwood had 18 points for Oceanside.

GORHAM 45, MASSABESIC 30: Bryce Womack had 15 points and nine rebounds and the Rams (1-2) beat the Mustangs (1-3) in Gorham.

Jackson Fotter added nine points and six assists for Gorham. Jason Komulainen added eight points.

Tyler Stinson had 14 points for Massabesic.

PINE TREE ACADEMY 51, GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 43: The Breakers (2-0) outscored their opponents 14-6 in overtime to down the Lions (1-2) at Freeport.

Greater Portland Christian’s Eddie Daignault hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds to play in regulation to send the contest to overtime.

Najee Jean-Louis had a game-high 22 points for Pine Tree. Mason Jones had 13 points for Greater Portland Christian.

A.R. GOULD 79, SEACOAST CHRISTIAN 73: Tyrese Collins finished with 30 points and Gage Barton and Kobe James added 19 and 12 to lead the Bears (3-0) past the Guardians (2-2) at South Berwick.

Caleb La Croix had 19 points, and Jet Archer added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Seacoast Christian.

LISBON 76, BOOTHBAY 63: Tyrese Joseph scored 22 points as the Greyhounds (2-2) beat the Seahawks (1-3) in Boothbay Harbor.

Jonah Sautter added 18 points for Lisbon.

Kyle Ames scored 25 points for Boothbay.


DEERING 43, SANFORD 17: Katasia Titherington had 17 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Rams (3-1) over the Spartans (1-3) in Portland.

Amanda Brett added 12 points for Deering.

SCARBOROUGH 44, WINDHAM 40: The Red Storm (4-0) outscored the Eagles (3-1) 13-6 in the fourth quarter on their way to a win in Scarborough.

Jordyn Cowan and Sophie Glidden each had 12 points for Scarborough. Lindsey Kelley added 10.

Tara Flanders had 10 points for Windham.

BOOTHBAY 66, DIRIGO 29: Faith Blethen scored 22 points and Page Brown had 16 as the Seahawks (4-0) beat the Cougars (1-3) in Dixfield.

PINE TREE ACADEMY 39, GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 19: Alexandra Goodman had 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as the Breakers (2-0) cruised by the Lions (0-3) in Freeport.

Adriana DePalma had 11 points and four assists for Pine Tree Academy.

LAKE REGION 61, TRAIP ACADEMY 42: The Lakers (2-2) closed the third quarter on a 14-3 run and pulled away from the Rangers (2-2) at Kittery.

Chandler True scored 17 points for Lake Region. Lauren Jakobs added 12 and Kristen Huntress 11.

Cassidy Delano had 16 points for Traip Academy.

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Boys’ hockey: Cheverus edges Thornton, 4-2 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 01:59:31 +0000 BIDDEFORD — After dominating for the first two periods but unable to pull away, Cheverus scored two goals in the third period Wednesday night to come away with a 4-2 victory against Thornton Academy in a boys’ hockey game at the Biddeford Ice Arena.

The victory was the first for the Stags (1-1) following a 5-3 loss to Lewiston in their opener.

Cheverus held a 19-6 advantage in shots through the first two periods yet held just a 2-1 lead.

“We wanted to spend as much time in their end as we could,” Cheverus assistant coach Brad Church said. “We did a good job at doing that, sustaining some pressure, and their goalie did a good job of keeping them in the game early.”

The Golden Trojans (0-2) could barely cross into the Cheverus end of the ice in the first period, when Seth Dube made nine saves for the Trojans.

But Jesse Pierce put Cheverus ahead at 4:55 assisted by Luke Church.

“We were getting chances,” Cheverus forward Ryan McSorley said. “We just couldn’t finish until halfway through the first period, when Jesse scored. That gave us the confidence we needed to get the offense going.”

The Golden Trojans didn’t fire off their first shot until 12 minutes into the game, when Nolan Millett broke loose with no one but Cheverus goalkeeper Colby Benway between him and the goal.

But Benway made three saves at the end of the period, including on the breakaway, to keep Thornton scoreless.

Evan Balzano tied the score for Thornton with 5:24 left in the second period on a power play with assists by Millett and Chase Wescott.

But Mike Hatch answered back for the Stags less than a minute later – assisted by Sean Walsh and Cam Dube – for a 2-1 lead at the end of the period.

Four minutes into the third, McSorley cushioned the Cheverus lead with an unassisted goal.

“It was a good defensive play by Hatch getting the puck up the ice quick,” McSorley said.

“Their defenseman fumbled it, and I picked it up and just tried to pick a corner.”

And he found one. But the Golden Trojans managed to create some dangerous opportunities in the third period – matching Cheverus’ six shots.

They cut the deficit to one goal when Luke Chessie put away a rebound with 2:14 left. Spencer Bergeron’s shot bounced off Benway and Chessie was there to score.

“As a team we never try to feel comfortable,” McSorley said. “When we feel too comfortable we tend to let up, so we try to play on edge the whole time like it’s a 0-0 game.”

Thornton didn’t allow the Stags to feel comfortable until the end, when Colby Anton capitalized on the Golden Trojans’ open goal with a buzzer-beater.

Seth Dube finished with 25 saves for the Golden Trojans. Benway notched 12 for the Stags.

Both teams will play again Saturday, with Cheverus at home against Brunswick (0-1-1) and Thornton hosting Portland/Deering (1-0).

“We did a good job at controlling the middle of the rink and getting pucks deep,” Brad Church said. “They’re a good team and they gave us a good challenge. It was a good win for us.”

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Boys’ hockey: Falmouth, Scarborough skate to 3-3 tie Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:50:53 +0000 FALMOUTH — Tuesday night’s boys’ hockey game between Scarborough and Falmouth played out quite differently from their last matchup, in last season’s Class A South championship.

In both games, Scarborough scored in the second period for a 1-0 lead heading into the final period. But this time, the Red Storm couldn’t hold on as they did for the regional title, and the two powerhouse squads battled to a 3-3 tie at the Family Ice Center.

The Yachtsmen scored three goals in three minutes in the third period to rally from a two-goal deficit. But Cam Smith, who scored the only goal in the regional final, again came through for the Red Storm, scoring on a power play with 41 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

“They just made it a lot easier by taking that penalty,” Scarborough Coach Norm Gagne said. “For any team to take advantage of the other team’s mistakes in a crucial situation like that – especially under adversity of being behind – that was a big goal.”

However, for most of the game, it was Falmouth fighting from behind. Scarborough’s Skylar Pettingill scored the first goal in the second period, and Anthony Burnham added another early in the third. But Robbie Armitage sparked the Yachtsmen with two unassisted goals, and Parker Wyatt added another to give Falmouth the lead.

“The good, the bad, the ugly – it was all out there tonight,” Falmouth Coach Deron Barton said. “We’re a young team. We were able to come back … and that’s character-building.”

Falmouth goalkeeper Spencer Pierce made 27 saves while Brandon Wasser had 23 for Scarborough.

With 8:24 left in the second period, Pettingill put the Red Storm ahead with a short-handed goal assisted by Brett Rockey and Mason Parks. Rockey’s shot bounced off Pierce to Pettingill, who placed it in the back of the net.

With 12:17 left in the third period, Burnham arced in a shot on a power play, with an assist by Soty Giftos.

“We were probably the flattest we’ve ever been as a team since I’ve been at Falmouth,” Barton said. “I don’t think two days off helped us. We had some issues with tempo – all the things as a coach you absolutely fear unfolded out there.”

Down 2-0 with 10:46 left, Armitage scored his first goal on a power play – then added another a minute and a half later to tie the score.

“I think we came out really slow, but that kind of shows how much heart we have,” Armitage said. “That was probably a C-plus game of ours. Even when we’re not playing well, we still find a way to win. Or tie, I guess.”

Parker Wyatt gave Falmouth its first lead with 7:43 left a shot that sailed in between Wasser’s legs, before Smith capitalized on a power play before time expired in the third period.

The 1-0-1 Yachtsmen were coming off a 4-3 win over Biddeford – where they also overcame a two-goal deficit – while the Red Storm were opening their season. The teams meet again on Feb. 1.

“Win, lose or draw – having these kids come out and have that rivalry,” Barton said, “that’s what high school hockey is all about.”

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Tuesday’s boys’ roundup: Kennebunk uses balanced attack for first basketball victory Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:26:26 +0000 KENNEBUNK — Cameron Lovejoy had 16 points to lead five players in double figures Tuesday night as Kennebunk topped Gray-New Gloucester 75-71 in boys’ basketball.

Seven players hit 3-pointers for Kennebunk (1-1), which went 13 for 35 from behind the arc.

Hunter Colby had a game-high 22 points for Gray-New Gloucester (0-2), and John Martin had 21 points, including four baskets from 3-point range.

Joseph Bush Jr. had 14 points for the Rams, Zack Sullivan had 13 points, Max Murray had in 11 and Kyle Pasieniuk 10.

PORTLAND 71, BONNY EAGLE 45: Terion Moss had 20 points and five assists to lead the Bulldogs (2-0) over the Scots (1-1) in Portland.

The Bulldogs led 33-22 at the half, and opened up their lead in the third quarter, posting a 22-9 advantage in the quarter.

Charles Lyall added 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks for the Bulldogs.

Casey Maturo led the Scots with 11 points.

CHEVERUS 64, WINDHAM 59: Jesse Matthews had 18 points and grabbed 10 boards to lead a balanced attack as the Stags (3-0) defeated the Eagles (0-2) at Portland.

Cheverus had a 15-point halftime lead, 39-24, but Windham rallied in the second half, paced by Mike Gilman, who scored all of his 17 points in the second half, cutting the Stags’ lead to a point with 57 seconds to play in regulation.

The Stags hit 4 of 6 free throws in the final seconds to hold on for the victory.

Jack Casale had 16 points and dished out seven assists for Cheverus.

DEERING 79, NOBLE 33: Junior Butera scored a game-high 13 points and Raffaele Salamone had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Rams (2-0) cruised to a win over the Knights (0-2) in Portland.

Brandon Davis and Britton Study each scored nine points for Noble.

SOUTH PORTLAND 59, WESTBROOK 50: Ruay Bol scored 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter as the Red Riots (1-1) pulled away from the Blue Blazes (0-1) in Westbrook.

Riley Hasson and Deandre White each added nine points for South Portland, which outscored Westbrook 22-8 in the third. Zacari Manoogian scored a game-high 19 points for the Blue Blazes, and Nemieceo Loureiro added 11.

WELLS 84, ST. DOMINIC 17: The Warriors (2-0) jumped to a 21-3 lead after one quarter and cruised past the visiting Saints (0-2) at Wells.

Riley Dempsey had 22 points to pace Wells.

TRAIP ACADEMY 57, SACOPEE VALLEY 43: Dalen Hubbard and Angelo Succi each scored 13 points and the Rangers (2-0) used a 24-9 advantage in the third to get by the Hawks (0-2) in Hiram.

Alex Mudgett scored a game-high 18 points, hitting three 3-pointers for Sacopee Valley.

MADISON 58, BOOTHBAY 40: Mitchell Jarvais and Sean Whalen each scored 14 points as the Bulldogs (2-0) beat the Seahawks (1-1) in Madison.

Kyle Ames hit five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 17 points for Boothbay.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 62, POLAND 44: The Raiders (1-1) opened the game with a 17-0 run and cruised past the Knights (1-1) at Fryeburg.

Oscar Saunders had 15 points to lead Fryeburg Academy, Ryan Hewes chipped with 12 points and Francesco Gianefelice tossed in 11 points.

Caleb Hodgkin led Poland with 18 points.

CONY 81, CAMDEN HILLS 58: Jordan Roddy scored 22 points to lift the Rams to the win in Rockport.

Roddy also had six steals. James Hunt had 11 rebounds for Cony (2-0) and Taylor Heath and Simon McCormick each had nine points.

Camden Hills (1-1) was led by Daniel Peabody with 16 points.

RICHMOND 60, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 53: The Bobcats (3-0) rallied in the second half to defeat the Seagulls (1-1) in Richmond.

Trailing 29-24 at halftime, the Bobcats outscored the Seagulls 36-24 in the second half. Cody Tribbet led Richmond with 17 points, and Matt Rines added 14.

Ian Regan scored a game-high 19 points for the Seagulls.

WAYNFLETE 55, PORTLAND 30: Oscar Hussein scored a game-high 15 points and dished out six assists to lead the Flyers (2-0) over the Falcons (0-2) in Portland.

Yai Deng added 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds for Freeport.

Matthew Nielsen led the Falcons with six points.

YARMOUTH 75, LAKE REGION 55: Aleksander Medenica had 14 of his 18 points in the first half as the Clippers (2-0) got by the Lakers (0-2) at Naples.

Gibson Harnett had 13 points for Yarmouth, Nolan Hagerty tossed in 10 points.

Tyler Walker led all scorers for Lake Region with 19 points and Mark Mayo added 13.

SEACOAST CHRISTIAN 43, GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 40: Caleb La Croix had eight of his game-high 26 points in the third quarter as the Guardians (1-1) took a 30-26 lead after three quarters and held off the Lions (1-1) at South Berwick.

Jet Archer and Marlon Bernardo each added seven points for Seacoast Christian.

Jeremy Daigneault had 11 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Greater Portland Christian, and Jeremiah Hammond and Ethan Spaulding each tossed in nine points.

BRUNSWICK 59, MT. ARARAT 37: The Dragons (2-0) led 32-16 at the half and easily defeated the Eagles (1-1) in Topsham.

Nathan Benoit scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the first half for Brunswick. Corban Teel added 18 points and six rebounds for the Dragons.

Ryan Mello led the Eagles with eight points.

MORSE 71, LEAVITT 60: Dakota Freeman finished with 25 points and Parker Onorato and Tait Nygaard added 17 and 10 points to lead the Shipbuilders (1-1) over the Hornets (0-2) at Bath.

Nick Angello paced Leavitt with 14 points and Cole Morin and Jack Sylvester each added 13.


GARDINER 6, BRUNSWICK 3: The Tigers scored four first-period goals, three in a span of 29 seconds, to cruise to a win over the Dragons (1-1) in Brunswick.

Jared Hummer gave Brunswick a 1-0 lead 6:32 into the first with a power-play goal. Joseph Clark tied the game for the Tigers (2-0) 17 seconds later.

Alic Shorey, Cameron Bourassa and Connor Manter each added goals from the 11:02 mark of the first to the 11:31 mark to take a 4-1 lead. Jacob Folsom and Cameron Bigelow each added second-period goals for Gardiner. Michael Deveaux had two assists and scored unassisted early in the second for Brunswick.

YARMOUTH 8, MARANACOOK/WINTHROP 0: Cooper May had three goals and a pair of assists for the Clippers (1-0-1) in their win over Maranacook/Winthrop (0-2-0) at Kent’s Hill.

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Boys’ hockey: Gardiner slips past Greely Sun, 11 Dec 2016 03:06:43 +0000 HALLOWELL — Michael Poirier was keeping his Gardiner boys’ hockey team in its season opener. The senior goalie just needed a little bit of help from the offense.

Leave it to a family member to provide the boost.

Poirier made 27 saves and younger brother Matthew scored twice, including the winner, to lift the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over Greely on Saturday at the Camden National Bank Ice Vault.

“I think we played a little sloppy and undisciplined. We took way too many penalties,” said Gardiner Coach Sam Moore, whose team went 15-5-1 last season and reached the Class B South final.

“Michael really held us in the game and made some great saves. We were lucky to come out of it with the win, honestly. I honestly think we were.”

The Tigers broke a 2-2 tie in the third, thanks to the instincts of the younger Poirier. Greely was in the attacking zone when Matthew, a sophomore, stole the puck from Andy Moore and tore up ice for a breakaway.

“He opened up to shoot the puck and I just saw my opportunity,” Poirier said. “I poke-checked it, I saw open ice, and I skated as hard as I could.”

As he approached the net, Poirier first took the puck right, then carried it left after the goalie moved and buried the shot with 10:40 remaining.

“He’s really quick, he’s got soft hands, he’s good with the puck,” Moore said. “That was an awesome effort on Matt’s part to poke that puck away … and then have the composure to make a move and put it away.”

The Tigers killed six power plays. Poirier turned away Greely rushes and rebound tries, and made a big stop with 3:50 left when Jackson Williams carried the puck in and tried a shot from just in front of the crease. Williams lost his balance and collided with Poirier after the shot, but the goalie held on.

“The kids see the kind of effort that Michael puts out. Never says a word, never complains,” Moore said. “It’s hard for them not to go out and give 110 percent.”

The teams swapped goals in the first two periods. Greely struck first at 11:03 of the first after Poirier made a pair of impressive saves, stopping Matt Kramlich on a rush and then Caleb Duff on a rebound from the slot. The puck stayed in the zone, however, and Jake MacDonald took it into the right corner before finding Kramlich in the slot for a one-timer.

Gardiner answered at 13:44. Joe Clark took the puck close to the goal line on the right side before sending a pass through the slot, and Matthew Poirier was waiting on the other side of the net to bang it home.

The Tigers took their first lead at 5:34 of the second period. Clark again carried the puck into the right corner and sent a pass toward the slot, where Ryan Kelley was waiting to knock it in.

That lead didn’t last either, as Greely’s Jack Saffian fired a shot from the left side that kicked right to Peter Lattanzi, who sent it into the net at 8:49.

Greely Coach Barry Mothes liked the showing from his team, which went 6-12 last year.

“I thought the guys came in and played a pretty good hockey game tonight,” he said. “I think we’re disappointed that we kind of didn’t take care of a couple of pucks.”

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Boys’ hockey: Yarmouth, Brunswick settle for tie Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:32:23 +0000 YARMOUTH — When Yarmouth and Brunswick skated to a 2-2 deadlock in a boys’ hockey season opener Saturday, at Travis Roy Arena the postgame reactions were far from alike.

The home team, coming off an appearance in last season’s Class B state championship game, expected more.

“We are definitely disappointed,” said Clippers Coach David St. Pierre. “For stretches of the game, I thought we played well. We had our chances and we had a lot of open looks.

“Honestly, I think this is one of those games that we will look back on and wish we had finished the right way.”

Brunswick, an up-and-coming squad that ended last year with a loss in the Class B South quarterfinals, was pleased with its effort. Jacob Doring’s goal with 2:28 remaining, while his team was on the penalty kill, enabled the Dragons to avoid a season-opening loss.

“(Yarmouth) played (for the) state championship last year, so (a tie against them) is a big benchmark for us to see how we are doing,” Brunswick Coach Bill Bodwell said. “I am never happy with a tie, but the way it happened, being down and scoring in the last minutes, I was a little worried.”

The late tally was one of a handful of short-handed opportunities for the visitors, including a two-on-one for Doring and Michael Deveaux while killing off a major penalty called with 2:58 left in the eight-minute overtime. Clippers goalie Dan Latham (19 saves) made an arm save on Deveaux’s wrister from the right circle.

“It’s always difficult with special teams at the high school level to have it click the way you want it to be clicking at the start of the season,” Bodwell added.

Both teams had odd-man rushes at the start of overtime. Doring and Deveaux had another two-on-one off the faceoff. Moments later, Yarmouth’s Bennett Travers intercepted a pass at his defensive blue line, setting up a scoring chance, but his shot was smothered by Brunswick goalie Riley Kirk (28 saves).

Yarmouth generated many opportunities during the abbreviated five-minute power play in overtime. A wrister from the slot by Bill Jacobs was saved by Kirk, who also stopped Dom Morrill’s rebound bid from in close.

Yarmouth got on the board 3:28 into the middle period. Morrill took a shot from the point and it deflected through a maze of players, but Kirk made the save. After Cooper May’s rebound was turned aside, Chris Romano buried the puck from the doorstep.

Brunswick answered 37 seconds later when Andrew Eno’s wrister from inside the left circle snuck past Latham. Alex Labbe registered the lone assist.

The Dragons almost grabbed their first lead with 4½ minutes gone in the third period when Doring raced around the net and fired a shot from the bottom of the left circle. The puck trickled toward the goal line, but Spencer King cleared it.

Yarmouth took the lead again with 6:46 left in regulation when the teams were skating four-on-four. Defenseman Owen Ramsay whipped a shot from the right boards that eluded Kirk.

“We absolutely felt we should have won,” said Romano. “In all honesty, this is a team we should beat. But things didn’t go our way today.”

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Friday’s boys’ roundup: Cheverus wins in overtime in basketball Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:40:10 +0000 SANFORD — Matt Duchaine hit a 3-pointer late in overtime Friday night to give Cheverus a 51-49 victory against Sanford in an SMAA boys’ basketball opener.

Friday was the opening night of high school basketball in Maine.

Brad Bouchard of Sanford hit a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime.

Jack Casale had 20 of his game-high 23 points in the second half for Cheverus. William Shibles added eight points.

Bouchard finished with a team-high 20 points for the Spartans, including six 3-pointers. Ethan Belanger added 16 points, going 7 of 10 from the foul line.

GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 63, HIGHVIEW CHRISTIAN 43: Jeremiah Hammond scored 13 of his team-high 19 points in the first quarter as the Lions opened a 25-0 lead after the first quarter at Bangor.

Jeffrey Macomber scored nine of his game-high 24 points in the second quarter as the Knights pulled within 35-15 at halftime. Macomber finished with six 3-pointers.

Mason Jones added 17 points for the Lions.

BRUNSWICK 65, MORSE 37: Nathan Benoit scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter as the Dragons cruised at Brunswick.

Corban Teel added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Brunswick, which led 34-14 at halftime. Dakota Freeman scored 17 points with five 3-pointers to lead Morse.

DEERING 62, WINDHAM 41: JeanClaude Butera scored nine of his 12 points in the second quarter as the Rams opened a 39-18 halftime lead at Windham.

Emmanuel Chikuta led Deering with 13 points. Raffaele Salamone added 12, including 8 of 14 from the foul line.

Nick Curtis led Windham with 12 points. Mike Gilman had 11.

TRAIP ACADEMY 57, ST. DOMINIC 42: Shane MacNeil scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Rangers at Kittery.

Andrew Davis added eight points with two 3-pointers for Traip, which outscored St. Dom’s 15-2 in the first quarter. Ethan Bosse scored five points to lead the Saints.

BONNY EAGLE 58, NOBLE 49: Zach Maturo scored a game-high 25 points and the Scots used a 7-0 run to open the second half at Standish.

The score was 25-25 at halftime. Brandon Davis scored 12 points to lead Noble, and Tyler Oliver and Luke Carlock each added 10. Will Hendrix added 12 points for Bonny Eagle.

FALMOUTH 69, KENNEBUNK 46: Colin Coyne nailed seven 3-pointers and scored 36 points to lead the Yachtsmen at Kennebunk.

Falmouth led 20-6 after the first quarter and 40-25 at halftime. Coyne scored 26 points in the first half, connecting on six 3-pointers.

Cameron Lovejoy led the Rams with 25 points and three 3-pointers.

POLAND 48, FREEPORT 43: Curtis Lane scored a game-high 18 points and the Knights used a 15-2 run midway through the fourth quarter to rally past the Falcons at Poland.

Caleb Hodgkins added 11 points and gave Poland its first lead of the fourth quarter on a bucket with under a minute left to make it 44-43.

Nate Chouinard added 11 points for the Knights, who trailed 35-28 after three quarters. Toby Holt scored 13 points to lead Freeport.

BOOTHBAY REGION 59, MOUNTAIN VALLEY 56: Carter Babcock had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Seahawks at Boothbay Harbor.

Elijah Gudroe sealed the victory, hitting two free throws in a 1-and-1 situation with 15 seconds remaining to put the Seahawks ahead by four.

Keegan Davis led the Falcons with 23 points and hit five 3-pointers. Jacob Blanchard added 22 points.

WELLS 60, LAKE REGION 47: Cam Cousins had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead the Warriors at Wells.

The Warriors led 14-6 after the first quarter and 47-31 by the start of the fourth.

Matt Sherbourne added four points and seven steals for Wells.

Tyler Walker led the Lakers with 19 points.

YARMOUTH 61, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 41: Jonathan Torres and Gibson Harnett combined to score 11 of the 17 third-quarter points for the Clippers, who pulled away from a 27-27 halftime tie at Yarmouth.

Torres and Harnett finished with 13 points each for Yarmouth. Noah Eckersley-Ray added 10.

John Martin scored a game-high 18 points for Gray-New Gloucester, including three 3-pointers. Josiah Rottari and Hunter Colby each chipped in six points.

LINCOLN ACADEMY 69, MARANACOOK 67: Cody Tozier had a pair of buckets and Nathan Simmons was 3 of 4 from the foul line in overtime as the Eagles won at Newcastle.

Trailing by four with about 30 seconds to play in regulation, Kyle Wilbur hit two free throws to cut the deficit to two for Maranacook, which then forced a turnover. With five seconds left, Wilbur hit a runner to force to overtime.

Tozier led the Eagles with 29 points, going 11 of 17 from the foul line. Nathan Masters added 13 points and Keyden Leeman chipped in 10.

Wilbur finished with a game-high 32 points. Hayden Ellwell added 12.

YORK 52, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 35: Trevor Labonte scored a game-high 26 points, including 9 of 9 from the foul line, as the Wildcats cruised at York.

Jackson McCarty had nine points for York.

Cody Gullickson scored seven points and Tucker Buzzell tossed in six for Fryeburg.

BIDDEFORD 68, MASSABESIC 42: Patrick Pearl scored a game-high 19 points as the Tigers won at Waterboro.

Issac DesVergnes scored 15 points for Massabesic. Zion Mercado added 14.

OCEANSIDE 53, ERSKINE ACADEMY 41: Nate Raye scored a game-high 23 points to lift the Mariners at South China.

Cooper Wirkala added 12 points for Oceanside. Jack Jowett led Erskine with 18 points. Noah Bonsant chipped in 10.

HALL-DALE 72, LISBON 66: Jett Boyer scored 35 points and hit seven 3-pointers, helping the Bulldogs to win in overtime after Lisbon erased a 10-point fourth-quarter lead at Lisbon Falls.


KENNEBUNK 2, SOUTH PORTLAND 0: Jacob Simikak scored twice for the Rams at Biddeford.

Simikak’s first goal came with 23 seconds remaining in the second period from Justin Wiggins.

With 5:47 remaining in the game, Simikak added his second goal on a power play from Miles Eaton.

Spencer Desrochers recorded 17 saves for the shutout. Joe Grant stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced for South Portland.

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Boys’ hockey: 5 teams to watch Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +0000 1. Falmouth: While the Yachtsmen lost two of their three top scorers in Chris Camelio and Henry Norris, Coach Deron Barton says his team will probably be a little bit better than last year, when the Yachtsmen lost 1-0 to Scarborough in the Class A South final. Robbie Armitage is coming off a 39-point season, and Spencer Pierce (.917 save percentage, 1.79 goals-against average) is one of the state’s best goalies. Look for the Yachtsmen to contend for a third state title in five years.

2. Scarborough: The Red Storm lost Matt Caron, who led the team in goals (20) and assists (22) and was named the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Player of the Year. But Coach Norm Gagne said the two-time defending regional champions will be strong again. He expects forwards Cam Smith, Justin Perry, Skylar Pettingill, Brett Rockey and Kyle Jacques to lead the offense, while defensemen Eric Murray and Mason Parks help keep teams off the board.

3. Yarmouth: After losing three senior captains in Patrick Grant, Walter Conrad and Noah Grondin, Coach David St. Pierre said the Class B South champions have new leaders ready to step in. Up front, Yarmouth will benefit from scoring depth in Cooper May, Chris Romano and Bill Jacobs, who all finished last season with double-digit points. Goalie Dan Latham and defenseman Owen Ramsay will lead the defense. St. Pierre said he feels pretty good about “picking up where we left off.”

4. York: Opposing coaches expect the Wildcats to be among the top teams in Class B South. York didn’t lose a single player from last year, which Coach Phil Rowley said has facilitated great team chemistry. Tommy Carr and Jake Martin ranked second and third in the region in scoring last season, and Keenan Gamache is a solid goalie. York also added has added Julius Lundren – a talented 6-foot-4 exchange student from Sweden.

5. Cape Elizabeth: The Capers have a deep roster, with eight seniors and four solid lines. Coach Matt Buotte will count on Ben Ekedahl, a speedy senior, to lead the defense, and senior forward Alex Glidden to spark the Capers’ offense. “We’re hoping that we’ll be one of those teams that never runs out of steam,” Buotte said. “If we can’t get you in the first period, we’ll do it by the third.”


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Boys’ hockey preview: Rink closures cause scramble for ice time Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +0000 LEWISTON — “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer” is a fitting phrase for the Scarborough and Lewiston High hockey teams.

After Scarborough lost its home rink during the offseason, the two perennial powerhouses who battled each other for the Class A state title in March now share a home – the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

While the teams are not actually “enemies,” the move has been tough on Scarborough, as the closure of rinks across Maine continues to put a crunch on ice time.

“Getting ice time is really difficult,” said Scarborough Coach Norm Gagne, who is in his 42nd year of coaching. “I just think that it’s a dangerous time for hockey.”

Scarborough's Norm Gagne, in his 42nd year coaching high school hockey, says that with so many rinks closing around the state, "I just think it's a dangerous time for hockey."

Scarborough’s Norm Gagne, in his 42nd year coaching high school hockey, says that with so many rinks closing around the state, “I just think it’s a dangerous time for hockey.”

The Red Storm previously held practices right after school less than 10 miles away at MHG Ice Arena in Saco. They lost their rink when ownership decided to convert the space into a multisport training facility. The sudden departure of the Portland Pirates last spring prompted the decision, as the American Hockey League team – along with the Portland Junior Pirates Elite squad – would no longer be using the facility.

Now, Scarborough travels by bus some 50 minutes to practice, which can start as late as 8:30 p.m. On those nights players don’t get home until around 11 p.m.

“It has been a little tough,” said Eric Murray, a senior defenseman. “School can be a little tiring the next day.”

As a result of the new schedule, Scarborough has fewer players this season – not enough to field a JV team.

“They’re young and we have late practices – their parents didn’t want them to travel,” Gagne said of potential JV players who didn’t come out for the team.

“We don’t have our own rink – a lot of places don’t. So you’ve got to take the ice time when you can get it.”

Scarborough isn’t the only high school program recently uprooted. Winslow, Messalonskee and the Lawrence/Skowhegan cooperative team lost their home when Sukee Arena in Winslow did not open this winter because of an ice-making equipment failure.

Those schools are now relying on the Camden National Bank Ice Vault in Hallowell, Alfond Athletics Center in Kents Hill and Colby College’s Alfond Rink in Waterville.

South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete Coach Joe Robinson considers his boys’ team “one of the lucky ones.” His squad usually gets onto the ice early in the afternoon at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland – its home since the 1990s. However, they have a handful of practices scheduled as late as 9:40 p.m. in Falmouth.

“There’s a direct correlation between the lack of rinks and the shrinking number of kids participating in hockey – no question,” Robinson said. “There are more co-op teams now in Southern Maine than there are not.”

Eleven of the 20 Class A boys’ teams are co-ops. For the girls, 12 of 16 squads involve more than one high school.

“When you see a team like Scarborough have to call their home ice Lewiston, you know there’s a shortage of ice,” said Falmouth Coach Deron Barton, whose squad was beaten by Scarborough 1-0 in last season’s Class A South final. “Scarborough is a great program with a great tradition. There needs to be another facility built in southern Maine, because the demand is certainly there.”

It’s no coincidence that programs with easy access to ice time are growing. Camden Hills, which practices less than two miles away from its high school at MidCoast Recreation Center in Rockport, recently added a JV squad. Coach Karl Enroth estimated that the Class B North school has about 30 players between its varsity and JV rosters.

“We’re one of the schools that has actually added numbers the past few years,” Enroth said. “The reason for that is because a rink was built in this area 11 years ago that produced the interest.”

New rinks are popping up here and there across the state. Casco Bay Arena – an unheated facility in Falmouth – opened last year next door to Family Ice Center, and the University of New England in Biddeford added a rink in 2012.

While rinks are mostly concentrated in southern Maine, a nonprofit group called Acadia Arena at Whitney Landing recently unveiled a plan to build a multi-purpose, indoor arena – which would include a rink – in Ellsworth.

“That’s always just been no-man’s land for hockey, and it’s a pretty big area,” Enroth said of Ellsworth. “If they have a rink and get the youth hockey thing going, you’d assume – at some point – Ellsworth would actually have a team.”

Unfortunately for the Red Storm, efforts to build a rink in Scarborough have been unsuccessful. But Scarborough forward Kyle Jacques is looking on the bright side. The senior said the long bus rides allow time for team bonding, as well as finishing homework.

Coffee and afternoon naps help after late nights.

“It’s a little bit of a difficult transition, but we’ll make it work and have a good season,” Jacques said. “After coming off two straight years of making it to (the state championship game), I think we want nothing short of that.”

Scarborough was unable to defend its 2015 state title against Lewiston when the Blue Devils scored the winner in the final 90 seconds, edging the Red Storm, 2-1.

After such a heartbreaker, Jacques said playing Lewiston on their shared home turf is “definitely going to be weird.”

“We might not have as many fans here as them, but it will still be a good atmosphere,” Jacques said. “We’ll just have to get used to it before playoffs.”

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Boys’ hockey: 25 players to watch Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +0000 Mitchell Adams, South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete sophomore forward: Adams led the team with 18 points as a freshman, and his leadership earned him a role as team captain this season. Coach Joe Robinson said Adams is an intelligent player who “sees the ice well.”

Robbie Armitage, Falmouth senior forward: Armitage’s 25 assists and 14 goals earned him Maine Sunday Telegram All-State honors. Coach Deron Barton said Armitage is one of the fastest and strongest skaters in program history. “Every time he’s on the ice, he makes things happen,” Barton said.

Noah Bird, Gorham senior goalie: Bird had a .907 save percentage and a 3.25 GAA last season after helping the Rams reach the Class B state final in 2015. Coach Jon Portwine said Bird has become one of the best goalies in the region over the past two years.

Thomas Carr, York junior forward: Carr and teammate Jake Martin were two of the top three scorers in Class B South last season. Coach Phil Rowley said both are strong and aggressive.

Luke Chessie, Thornton Academy sophomore forward: Chessie scored a team-high 12 regular-season goals as a freshman and helped lead the Golden Trojans to the Class A South semifinals.

Cam Christie, Camden Hills junior forward: Christie recorded six goals and 11 assists last season, helping the Windjammers to a 16-4 record.

Joey Curit, Biddeford senior defenseman: Curit’s ability to shut down opponents earned him All-South honors from Class A coaches.

Ben Ekedahl, Cape Elizabeth senior defenseman: Coach Matt Buotte is moving Ekedahl from forward to defense in hopes that his speed, size and vision will start the Capers’ offense from the back end.

Perrin Ganter, Camden Hills senior forward: Ganter is the Windjammers’ top returning scorer after finishing with 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) last season. Coach Karl Enroth said he’s a strong, fluid skater who plays hard but stays out of the penalty box.

Alex Glidden, Cape Elizabeth junior forward: Glidden is a dangerous goal scorer. Coach Matt Buotte said Glidden is “one of the stronger kids in the league” and that he “protects the puck very well.”

Joe Grant, South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete senior goalie: Grant, a first-team All-South selection by Class A coaches, had a .904 save percentage last season. Coach Joe Robinson said Grant is “fundamental and sound,” as well as “very good under pressure.”

Henry Honkonen, Marshwood/Traip sophomore forward: Honkonen led the Hawks as a freshman with 29 points (24 goals and five assists).

Mike Hatch, Cheverus junior defenseman: Coach Dan Lucas said he will rely on Hatch, a second-team All-South pick, and goalies Colby Benway and Jason Halverson to keep opposing teams off the board.

Carter Landry, Gorham senior forward: The four-year varsity player had six goals and nine assists last season. Gorham Coach Jon Portwine said Landry is a “gritty, smart two-way player.”

Dan Latham, Yarmouth junior goalie: Latham led Class B South in goals-against average (1.88), save percentage (.924) and wins (16) while backstopping the Clippers to the regional title in his first varsity season. He was one of four sophomores to receive league all-star honors.

Kadin Lessard, Noble/Wells senior, defenseman: The first-team All-South selection had four goals and eight assists last season. Coach Geoff Negm said Lessard is “definitely one of the top defensemen in the state.”

Julius Lundren, York senior forward: Coach Phil Rowley said the 6-foot-4 exchange student from Sweden has a hard-shooting, “typical European” style of play.

Cooper May, Yarmouth junior forward: After recovering from a preseason injury, May registered 10 goals and 15 assists in 14 games. He was one of four sophomores to receive league all-star honors (third team).

Tanner McClure, Bonny Eagle/Massabesic/OOB senior forward: McClure, a second-team All-South pick, finished last season with 21 goals and 22 assists. Coach Loren Blair said McClure is “a smaller player, but he makes up for it with his speed and hockey sense.”

Eric Murray, Scarborough senior defenseman: A first-team All-South selection, Murray helped lead the Red Storm to the Class A South title. He had four goals and 11 assists in the regular season.

Spencer Pierce, Falmouth senior goalie: Pierce’s .917 save percentage and 1.79 goals-against average ranked him among the top goalies in Class A South last season. Coach Deron Barton said Pierce is a hard worker who controls rebounds and challenges shooters.

Owen Ramsay, Yarmouth senior defenseman: Coach David St. Pierre said he will count on Ramsay to lead the Clippers’ defense. Ramsay also contributed to the offense last season with 11 assists.

Ricky Ruck, Biddeford senior forward: Ruck notched 13 goals and 10 assists in the regular season last winter and was a second-team All-South selection. Biddeford Coach Jason Tremblay said Ruck has a “very good skill set and great speed.”

Cam Smith, Scarborough senior forward: Smith, a second-team All-South pick, is the top returning scorer for the defending Class A South champions. He had 12 goals and 10 assists in the regular season last winter.

Evan Whitten, Noble/Wells senior forward: Whitten’s team-high 23 goals last season earned him second-team All-South honors from Class A coaches. Coach Geoff Negm said he will count on Whitten to help lead the Knights into the playoffs.

CORRECTION: This story was updated at 4:04 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2016 to correct Perrin Ganter’s first name.

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Sukee Arena in Winslow to remain closed this winter Fri, 11 Nov 2016 04:05:43 +0000 WINSLOW — The Sukee Arena and Events Center will not open this winter because of ice-making equipment failure, leaving high school and youth hockey teams scrambling to find ice time as the dawn of a new season approaches.

Sukee Arena manager Annette Marin, the daughter of building owner Doug Sukeforth, said problems with the compression system used to make and refrigerate the ice in the building — which opened to the public in 1985 — are too costly to fix.

“We made the decision to not be opening for the season,” Marin said.

The arena planned to open Oct.15 for what would have been its 31st year of operation. A banner still hung over the facility’s entrance this week, celebrating the 30th anniversary season that was completed last March.

Marin said problems were discovered earlier last month when they prepared to put ice down for the season.

“We went to start the compressors up, the normal routine, to get things cold and make the ice,” she said. “The compressors never got it cold enough. We couldn’t get down to temperature to make ice.

“It’s been a month of just getting numbers together, of getting estimates for what it would cost to repair (the system).”

Sukeforth, of China, did not return several calls over three days to his home.

The building’s abrupt closing will have a profound effect on its hockey tenants, from youth to the high school level.

Girls hockey teams across the state began practicing Monday. The Winslow/Gardiner girls co-operative team secured ice time at the Camden National Bank Ice Vault in Hallowell, where it held its first practice Wednesday.

“We’re fortunate right now that we’re not competing with anyone else for ice time,” Winslow/Gardiner girls head coach Chris Downing said.

Boys teams will hit the ice Monday, leaving Messalonskee, the Lawrence/Skowhegan co-op and Winslow searching for ice time.

Along with the Ice Vault, Colby and Kents Hill are making their facilities — Alfond Rink and Bonnefond Ice Arena, respectively — available to displaced teams.

“The first thing we’ve tried to do is be as equitable as we can for all the high school teams, and that becomes a bit challenging,” said Colby men’s hockey coach Blaise MacDonald, who oversees scheduling at Alfond Rink. “We’ve had Waterville in here for years, but we want to do our best for all the other teams, both boys and girls.”

Winslow High School athletic director Jim Bourgoin said Colby has made early morning hours available, beginning at 5 a.m., although that presents a few logistical problems for the team. For example, he said, it would mean asking girls from Gardiner to head out at 3:30 a.m. on weekday mornings in order to make it to practices on time.

“The building is 33 years old, and we’ve had a good relationship with them and we’re thankful for all they’ve done,” Bourgoin said. “But this could have been a really scary situation for everybody.”

“We will survive,” Downing added. “We’ll persevere. We will find ice time somewhere.”

Sukee’s closing will have a financial effect on schools as well, Bourgoin said. For example, he said, the school did not budget for transportation costs to Hallowell. Costs for ice time at other facilities, where it differs, also could become a concern later.

Ice Vault general manager Bill Boardman said efforts are underway with Colby and Kents Hill to coordinate ice time.

“We’ve had a good, coordinated effort between Kents Hill, us and Colby College,” Boardman said. “We’ve already had a couple of meetings where we’ve sat down and tried to plan everything so everybody gets what they need.”

Like Colby, Boardman said that the Ice Vault has tried to free up more time, especially in the early morning hours during the week. Evening hours and weekend daytime hours are typically reserved for youth programs.

“Unfortunately, this is not a gym at a high school,” Boardman said. “There are a lot of different user groups at rinks.

“The goal of all three rinks is to try and make this work for everybody where it fits into our scheduling, while not disrupting the entire state of Maine,” Boardman added. “Someone’s probably going to have to do more early morning practices than they might like, and there will probably be some sharing of ice time and moving things around.”

Athletic directors from Winslow, Waterville, Messalonskee, Lawrence and Skowhegan are planning to meet Monday morning with rink managers to try to finalize practice and game schedules.

“We’re trying to free up some Wednesday time,” MacDonald said. “Myself and the women’s coach, Holley Tyng, we’ve compacted our practice times to accommodate more time for high school hockey on Wednesday nights. That’s going to be a positive that we’ve not had before.”

This is not the first time that hockey and skating organizations in central Maine have been affected by the loss of a facility. The Kennebec Ice Arena — the site of what is now the Ice Vault — was lost for a full year when its roof collapsed in March 2011.

Boardman believes that experience has helped make people more understanding in the wake of Sukee Arena closing for the foreseeable future.

“Our hockey community been very flexible in working through this and working with those other groups,” Boardman said. “Many of them went through that with our facility.”

Travis Barrett — 621-5621

Twitter: @TBarrettGWC

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Biddeford High hires head coaches in two sports Fri, 10 Jun 2016 20:23:15 +0000 Dennis Walton, the athletic director at Biddeford High, had two major coaching vacancies to fill this spring. After completing the searches, he said the Tigers “feel very fortunate” in their new hires.

Katie Herbine, a former University of Maine standout who coached Bangor to the Class A state final in 2013, will be the girls’ basketball coach.

Jason Tremblay, who led Cape Elizabeth to two Class B state championships and later served as an assistant at the University of New England, will be the boys’ hockey coach.

Walton said it was clear in the search process that both were the leading candidates.

“Katie has an impressive resume, which in itself doesn’t always separate the candidates,” he said. “But she brings the right combination of experience, maturity and absolutely a lot of energy, which for our program is an absolute necessity.”

Of Tremblay, who graduated from Biddeford in 1994, Walton said, “He has a great deal of experience, and is familiar with the community and the program. He’s a no-nonsense coach who is liked and respected.”

Herbine and Tremblay are taking over programs at different ends of the spectrum.

Biddeford’s hockey program, which won Class A state titles in 2007, ’08 and ’10, is a perennial playoff contender. The girls’ basketball program hasn’t made the playoffs since 2010 and won only five games over the last two years, 16 over the last five.

Herbine, who lives in Saco, is looking forward to the challenge.

“I’m not setting any goals in terms of numbers or wins and losses,” she said. “I want to evaluate the girls over the summer. I’ve heard they’re all hard-working kids, which is what I want.”

Herbine, who is a fitness coach for marathoners and triathletes, was a star at Bangor High and played at the University of Maine. She was the coach at Bangor for four seasons, leading the Rams to a 43-36 record.

“I love to be around the kids,” said Herbine, 37. “I feel I’ve been given a lot in my lifetime and I want to give something back to the community. I’m excited about the opportunity. This seems to be a great fit for me.”

She said that she learned much, especially about managing the players, in her time at Bangor.

“Not everyone is there to play basketball 100 hours a week,” she said. “I learned how to make (basketball) fun without it being everything. It should be fun.”

Tremblay, 40, is also looking forward to getting back to his high school roots. He led Cape Elizabeth to back-to-back Class B state championships in 2005 and ’06. Then he left after the 2009 season to become an assistant at UNE. After leaving UNE, he and Eric Wirsing established Atlantic Coast Hockey, which puts on clinics and camps for local players.

The lure to return to Biddeford was too much to pass up.

“I missed being behind the bench,” he said. “They’ve built a proud tradition there in the last 10 years. Taking over a program this rich in tradition is exciting.

“I love to coach. Having played at Biddeford, this was sort of the perfect storm. I want to do this. Going to the college ranks, I learned so much from when I left the high school ranks. I want to bring back what I’ve learned.”

Tremblay is an economics teacher and assistant girls’ lacrosse coach at Massabesic High.

“I loved the college ranks but there’s something special about high school,” he said. “You have to mold a team every year and I enjoy doing that.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Lewiston schools chief: ‘We need to hold our student-athletes to the highest standards’ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:41:55 +0000 Lewiston’s superintendent of schools said Wednesday “we need to hold our student-athletes to the highest standards” after an incident in which high school hockey players partied outside the home of a school district employee.

Superintendent Bill Webster said “several” Lewiston High players were disciplined for drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana during a celebration in the hours after the boys’ hockey team won the Class A state championship game March 5.

Webster said neither head coach Jamie Belleau nor junior varsity coach Ben McDonough is the school district employee in question, but declined to identify the individual.

“I view it as a personnel matter,” he said, “and anything that’s a personnel matter is considered confidential.”

There were no suspensions from school, but each player faces a 14-day suspension from the spring sport season, according to Webster and Shawn Chabot, the Lewiston High principal.

Webster said he is not aware of any non-hockey player involved in the incident but declined to say whether any of the disciplined players are seniors.

He acknowledged the policy regarding substance abuse lacks clarity in cases of students who may not be playing another sport or who have exhausted their eligibility.

“I do think we need to take a fresh look at our policies,” Webster said, “because I believe we need to hold our student-athletes to the highest standards and I want to make sure our policies do that.”

He said the school committee will take a closer look at the athletic participation form in hopes of strengthening it.

“I want to make sure that we’re doing our best to both encourage appropriate behavior,” he said, “and also to have … consequences in case our expectations are not met.”

Lieutenant Mark Cornelio, public information official for the Lewiston Police Department, said there was no mention in the department’s dispatch logs for a response to a party during a five-hour stretch beginning at 10 p.m. on March 5.

Webster said he was tipped off to the incident. “I had contacts that suggested that this was something that needed to be looked at,” he said.

Webster told the Lewiston Sun Journal on Tuesday that the school district employee was not aware of the alcohol and marijuana use but that “does not excuse that it took place.”

On Wednesday, Webster added: “Anything that was done inappropriate that we are aware of occurred outside the house.”

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Lewiston hockey players disciplined for alcohol, marijuana Tue, 29 Mar 2016 20:37:15 +0000 Members of the Lewiston High boys’ hockey team have been disciplined for drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana after the team won the Class A state championship on March 5.

The incident, first reported by the Lewiston Sun Journal, happened outside the home of a school district employee, the newspaper said. It is unclear how many players were involved.

Lewiston athletic director Jason Fuller told the Portland Press Herald that the players “were disciplined according to the contract.”

According to an athletic handbook posted on the school district’s website, punishment for the first offense of “any student who is involved in a violation of the substance abuse policy will be suspended for 14 days from the (sport) in which the student-athlete is participating at that time.”

The rule states that the suspension carries over to the next season, but it is not known if any of the students involved were seniors.

Lewiston boys’ hockey coach Jamie Belleau could not be reached for comment. An assistant to superintendent of schools Bill Webster said he had left for home with an illness.

Earlier, Webster told The Sun Journal: “We have fully investigated this incident, and discipline has been administered in accordance with policy. While I cannot go into details, I do want to communicate that our investigation determined that the alcohol and marijuana use was outside the house, and not known by the employee when it was happening. This does not excuse that it took place.”

Webster called it “a very disappointing situation. We will be doing a review of applicable policies in the near future.”

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Boys’ hockey: Matt Caron, Scarborough Sun, 27 Mar 2016 02:00:00 +0000 SCAROROUGH — Matt Caron talks about his team and says “we” a lot, and speaks of Scarborough’s success because “we had everyone there.”

No doubt, Scarborough High had a good boys’ hockey team, reaching the Class A state championship game two straight years. But without Caron, that kind of success would have been doubtful.

It was Caron who came back from injury last year just in time for the Red Storm’s playoff run, when Scarborough went from a No. 4 seed in the West/South to the state championship.

And it was Caron who led his team in both goals (20) and assists (22) this season as the Red Storm won another regional title.

Caron, the recipient of the Travis Roy Award as the top Class A senior hockey player, is also the Maine Sunday Telegram boys’ hockey Player of the Year.

“I have to say Matt Caron is a coach’s dream player,” Scarborough Coach Norm Gagne said. “He’s a scorer, a playmaker, a defensive player, an unselfish player, a leader, and he’s a true competitor.”

Caron competed to the end. With Scarborough down 2-1 to Cheverus late in a regular-season game, Caron scored with 13 seconds left to secure a tie. He did the same thing against Lewiston, scoring with 6.3 seconds remaining to give the Red Storm a 1-1 tie.

“Caron is the best center in the state,” Cheverus Coach Dan Lucas said. “He is great on the draw, sees the ice well, has a second gear, and can finish.”

Scarborough remained undefeated until two late losses. Then came the 2-1 loss to Lewiston in the state championship game, with the Blue Devils scoring a last-minute goal this time.

“We were a bounce or a goal away from winning another state title,” Caron said. “We worked incredibly hard that game. Lewiston also had a fantastic game.”

That game was Caron’s last. He will not be playing in college.

“I considered it,” Caron said. “I thought if I played a couple of years of juniors, then I could go to a Division III school. But I thought it would be easier to play another sport that I love and go to college right out of high school.”

Caron is headed to Maine Maritime Academy, where he plans to study engineering and play soccer.

“Matt is just an all-round athlete that comes around just a very few times in a coaching career,” Gagne said. “He was never satisfied with his game, always working to get better.

“Matt was one of a great group of key players here at Scarborough that helped bring our program to where it is today.”


Robbie Armitage, Falmouth junior, forward: A heady player, Armitage usually put himself in position to be a part of the Yachtsmen’s relentless attack, recording 25 assists along with his 14 goals.

Chris Camelio, Falmouth junior, forward: Camelio centered Falmouth’s feared top line and had 24 goals and 18 assists for the Class A South runner-up.

Matt Caron, Scarborough senior, forward: One of the state’s premier centers and clutch players, Caron led the Red Storm to a second straight trip to the Class A state final with 20 goals and 22 assists.

Walter Conrad, Yarmouth senior, defenseman: Was on the ice a lot because of both his defensive prowess and his offensive skills. He had 14 goals and 24 assists for the Class B South champions.

Derek Fournier, Bangor junior, goalie: Fournier kept the Rams in a lot of close games, often facing more than 40 shots against the best teams. His .925 save percentage was the best among full-time Class A goalies.

Ross LeBlond, Scarborough senior, goalie: LeBlond transferred from Cape Elizabeth and backstopped a stellar defense. He shined in the playoffs, stopping 80 of 83 shots to lead Scarborough to the title game.

Brandon Nale, Messalonskee junior, forward: Messalonskee again featured offensive fireworks, paced by Nale, who led the state with 75 points (including 39 goals) for the Class B North runner-up.

Jeromey Rancourt, Lewiston junior, forward: Led the state champions with 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in the regular season. In the state title game, he assisted on one goal and scored the winner with 29 seconds left.

Andrew Roderigue, Waterville junior, defenseman: Besides being a solid defenseman, Roderigue can shoot. He scored 27 goals in the regular season and got the winner in overtime in the Class B title game.

Austin Roy, St. Dominic senior, forward: Roy led St. Dom’s to the Class A North final, totaling 17 goals and 13 assists.

Ben Steele, Edward Little senior, defenseman: The Red Eddies finished third in Class A North, and Steele sometimes carried the team, recording 33 points (four goals, 29 assists).

Walsh Troiani-Gagner, Thornton Academy senior, defenseman: Returned to high school play after a year in juniors, helping the Trojans become a contender again. He had 10 goals and eight assists.

Coach of the Year

Jamie Belleau, Lewiston: The Blue Devils had a blend of young and veteran talent, and Belleau toughened up the team with exhibition games against Massachusetts powerhouses, then had them peaking at the right time to win Lewiston’s first Class A state championship since 2002.

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