MT. ARARAT/LISBON defenseman Ian Pinette (18, top photo) battles with Edward Little’s Cade Chapman (22) for the puck during an Eastern Maine Class A boys high school hockey game at Sidney J. Watson Arena on Monday. In the bottom photo, Eagle players Josh Richards (8), Eric Stuckey (5) and Justin Grant (12) converge on the puck along with EL’s Adam Lebrun (2). The Eagles fell to 1-4 with an 8-2 loss to the 3-2-1 Eddies.

MT. ARARAT/LISBON defenseman Ian Pinette (18, top photo) battles with Edward Little’s Cade Chapman (22) for the puck during an Eastern Maine Class A boys high school hockey game at Sidney J. Watson Arena on Monday. In the bottom photo, Eagle players Josh Richards (8), Eric Stuckey (5) and Justin Grant (12) converge on the puck along with EL’s Adam Lebrun (2). The Eagles fell to 1-4 with an 8-2 loss to the 3-2-1 Eddies.

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For most of the first period of Monday’s Eastern Maine Class A high school hockey game between Mt. Ararat/Lisbon and Edward Little at Sidney J. Watson Arena, the Eagles, despite being heavily outshot, led 1-0.

Things certainly fell apart quickly.

The Eddies scored three goals in a quick 1:42 span for a 3-1 first-period advantage, and pulled away from there for an 8-2 victory.

“I’m real disappointed in the team tonight,” said firstyear Mt. Ararat/Lisbon coach Mike Bishop, whose team lost its fourth straight to fall to 1-4 and visits Windham on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. “We couldn’t get out of each other’s way. It seemed like our mistakes were so blatant. I thought we could win this game if played up to our level.”

Bishop had confidence in his team’s chances after a tight 3-1 loss to the Eddies (3- 2-1) in the Gipper’s Tournament on Dec. 16 in Auburn. But, two more quick goals early in the second period (just 1:14 apart) made it 5-1, with EL pulling away in the third period when the Eagles pressed the issue.

Eagles lead

Mt. Ararat came out quickly, getting a power-play goal from Eric Stuckey just 2:42 in for a 1-0 lead.

“I picked up the puck and was able to find the top corner of the net,” said Stuckey of his goal, which cleanly beat EL goaltender Alan Nelson.

EL picked up the pace, firing 12 straight shots on Mt. Ararat netminder Zach O’Connor, who made two glove stops on Drew Lupardo and a pad save on Travis Landry to keep his team in front.

But, while skating with a man advantage, Lupardo redirected a shot from Landry past O’Connor to tie the game with 2: 49 remaining in the first, and Adam Lebrun put home a rebound of Branden Dyer’s wrister just 24 seconds later to put the Eddies up by a goal.

Dan Poisson completed the EL outburst at 13:53 of the period when his screened shot found the back of the cage.

“The three goals at the end of the period really killed our momentum and got us off our game,” said Stuckey.

Landry, from Poisson, and Brendon Pelletier, from Jared Pelletier, made it a 5-1 contest before the second period was five minutes old.

Zach Pratt gave the home fans something to cheer about late in the frame when he banged home a rebound of a Jeremy Williams shot to move the Eagles to 5- 2 through 30 minutes.

Mt. Ararat came out pressing in the third period, but a turnover led to a 2-on-0 break for EL, with Lupardo’s second goal making it 6-2 just 1:03 into the frame. An unassisted goal by Dyer, and Lupardo’s third tally of the game completed the scoring.

“We were hoping to skate a lot harder than we did tonight, but we just didn’t have it for some reason,” said Stuckey. “ We will have to practice hard this week and get ready for our next game.”

EL held a 34-24 shot advantage, with O’Connor turning aside 26 shots in the loss. Eddies netminder Alan Nelson had 22 stops, including 13 in the third period.

Landry, Dyer, Poisson and Jared Pelletier each finished with a goal and an assist for EL, with Trevor Haley adding a helper.

Edward Little 8,
Mt. Ararat/Lisbon 2

At Sidney J. Watson Arena
Edward Little —3 2 3 8
Mt. Ararat 1 1 0 2

First period — 1. (MA) Eric Stuckey, pp,
2: 42; 2. ( EL) Drew Lupardo ( Travis
Landry), pp, 12:11; 3. (EL) Adam Lebrun
(Branden Dyer, Trevor Haley); 4. (EL) Dan
Poisson, 13:53.
Second period — 5. (EL) Travis Landry
(Dan Poisson), 3:37; 6. (EL) Brendon Pelletier (Jared Pelletier), pp, 4:51; 7. (MA)
Zach Pratt (Jeremy Williams), 12:09.
Third period — 8. (EL) Drew Lupardo
(Jared Pelletier), 1:03; 9. (EL) Branden
Dyer, 3:13; 10. (EL) Drew Lupardo, sh,
9:18.
Shots on goal — Edward Little — 16-11-
7 — 34; Mt. Ararat 4-7-13 — 24.
Saves — (EL) Alan Nelson 22; (MA) Zach
O’Connor 26.
Power play opportunities — Edward Little 2-5; Mt. Ararat 1-6.
Records — Edward Little 3- 2- 1, Mt.
Ararat 1-4.
Next for the Eagles — Saturday at Windham, 3:30 p.m.


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