A new face with a familiar name gave the Bonny Eagle Scots a 5-4 overtime victory against the rival Blue Blazes of Westbrook on Monday afternoon.

Evan Jewell is a freshman forward for the Scots, and is the younger brother of Nate Jewell, one of Bonny Eagle’s all-time leading scorers and arguably Bonny Eagle’s greatest player. The younger Jewell is wasting no time in carving out his own niche, with the recent game against Westbrook providing a good example.

After 1:40 of play in overtime, Jewell nailed the game-winning goal on an assist from CJ Blanchard, giving Bonny Eagle a 5-4 win after the Blazes scored three straight goals in the third period and gave the Scots a scare.

Jewell finished with an assist in the first period, and the game-winning goal in overtime.

“(Jewell) came, stepped in, and made it happen,” said Travis Dunn, a junior forward, team captain, and former teammate of the elder Jewell. Dunn scored two goals in response to Westbrook’s scoring blitz, sending the game to overtime.

“We’ve been going to overtime a lot lately, and I don’t know what it is. It kind of seems like we’re pretty tired lately, I don’t know why, and we came out slow and underestimated (Westbrook),” said Dunn.

Bonny Eagle took an early lead over the Blazes in the first period, when Curtis Rowe scored on an assist from Dunn and Jewell to give the Scots a 1-0 lead 7:45 in the period. Bonny Eagle continued to keep pressure on Westbrook goalie Zach Joy, who made 20 saves in the first to keep it a one-goal game.

Joy finished with 41 saves, while his Bonny Eagle counterpart, sophomore Chris Smith, made 15.

“(Joy) did a magnificent job today just shutting us down,” said Bonny Eagle coach David Petterson. “He had a great game. Usually we don’t have as much difficulty putting it in the net as we did today. He did a commendable job.”

Westbrook was able to get a 1-1 tie only 2:20 into the second period, when Tyler Rand scored on an assist from team captain Zach Johnson and from Joel Chadbourne. The game wasn’t tied for long, as Kayle Hamilton scored on an assist from Taylor Bishop only 1:27 after Rand’s goal, giving Bonny Eagle another lead.

“(Joy) saw a lot of shots in the first period, but we came out of the first only down by one, and I thought in the second and third periods, we put a lot better effort in,” said Westbrook coach Travis Jalbert. “We started getting some shots, and started getting more opportunities.”

Down 2-1 to start the third, the Blazes were able to pull ahead 4-2 on three straight goals. Zack Zousa scored early in the period on assists from Johnson and Rand to tie the game. Then, Johnson scored 5:04 into the period on Rand’s second assist of the game. Johnson scored again just under two minutes later on an assist from Zousa.

Johnson finished with two goals and two assists, Rand with a goal and two assists, and Zousa with a goal and an assist.

“I saw some life in our team. I saw some life, and I saw some camaraderie, which is something we’ve been lacking a little bit of, so it definitely made me happy,” said Jalbert.

After being in control for a majority of the game, Bonny Eagle was forced to have to come back two goals down to make up for the sudden onslaught of offense from the Blazes.

“It makes things real interesting, real fast, doesn’t it? And sometimes, maybe it takes something like that for everyone to get focused and realize what they need to do and what they’re there for,” said Petterson. “It’s a hard way to play, but it worked for us tonight. I hope we don’t have to repeat that again in the near future.”

“It looked like when they got those three quick goals, things were going down,” said Dunn. “So, we had a talk on the bench and decided to pick it up, because we wanted to tie last year’s record, and we didn’t want to lose to Westbrook. They’re our rivals, and we don’t want to lose to them.”

It was Dunn leading the way for the Scots in the second half of the period, scoring two goals in fifteen seconds to tie the game. The first came unassisted with 7:30 left in regulation on a rebound off of Joy. The second was fifteen seconds later off of a faceoff near the Westbrook net, with Dunn scoring again, this time on an assist from Kayle Hamilton.

“(Westbrook) played a pretty solid game against us,” said Petterson. “We were coming back too often today, and you can’t live on that.”

Neither team was able to add to their point total before the end of regulation, so the game was sent to overtime, where Jewell stepped up and delivered the win for the Scots.

The overtime win improves the Scots to 13-1 on the season, while the Blazes drop to 8-8-2. Considering the rivalry between the two teams and the discrepancy in records, the Blazes were able to take Bonny Eagle to the limit, while both teams were able to stay out of the penalty box for the majority of the game, keeping this game between rivals clean, yet still intense.

“In the past, it hasn’t always been that way, so it was refreshing that we had that kind of game with (Westbrook), because you actually got to see what both teams were capable of doing,” said Petterson. “Coming up at the end of the year, I don’t like those big, emotional, nasty games. They’re just too ugly, and I’d rather not play them if I can help it.”

“One of the biggest things we’ve been working on this year is, discipline wise, trying to clean up our program, and I think we’ve done that,” said Jalbert. “The kids just come out and work. They never put their heads down, they just kept plugging away, and it’s great to see a rivalry game with so few penalties. I think it kept the flow of the game going, as well.”


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