BIDDEFORD — Two contenders in their respective classes met Monday with Biddeford romping past Kennebunk 7-2 at Biddeford Ice Arena.

The Tigers broke a 1-1 tie with four second-period goals.

Kerry Crepeau and younger brother Brady Crepeau both scored twice, and Ricky Ruck, Logan Magnant and Curtis Petit each added a goal for Biddeford (4-3).

Bo Beveridge and Miles Eaton scored for Kennebunk (3-4-1).

The Tigers just finished five games (2-3) against fellow Class A competitors, including losses to Scarborough, Falmouth and Lewiston.

“It was a rough stretch,” said Kerry Crepeau, a senior captain. “We found out that even when we weren’t playing well, we weren’t getting smoked. We learned we can play with any team in the league.”

Against Class B Kennebunk, the Tigers mostly dominated, outshooting the Rams, 39-19.

Kennebunk just got Beveridge back after missing four games with a concussion, but lost forward Brenden Whitten for the season after he broke his leg last week. Kennebunk has been playing a lot of Class A teams, with only one loss to a Class B opponent.

“It’s been a crazy schedule and it’s been tough without Bo,” Kennebunk Coach Sean Smith said. “It’s good to get him back. The B South (region) is wide open.”

The Rams stayed close for a period, even after Biddeford took a 1-0 lead 2:05 into the game. Ruck stole the puck in Kennebunk’s zone, skated into the right circle and roofed a shot glove side.

Biddeford kept the puck in the Rams’ end, enjoying a 6-0 edge in shots at one point. But then the Tigers were whistled for hitting from behind, a five-minute major penalty, at 9:16.

“Penalties have been killing us,” Tigers Coach Rich Reissfelder said. “When you play fast and play physical, you’re going to get some. But some are uncalled for.”

For a while it appeared the Tigers would escape the man disadvantage. They cleared the puck out of their zone eight times – “we just didn’t execute,” Smith said.

But Kennebunk crashed the net and Beveridge scored on a rebound with 11 seconds left in a power play, at 14:05.

“Allowing only one goal (during the major) helped,” Kerry Crepeau said. “We wanted to come out in the second and score right away.”

The Tigers did. The Crepeaus have been playing together for a long time. Kerry, the senior, got the puck behind the net and found Brady, a junior, in the slot. He buried his shot for a 2-1 lead after 1:21 of the second period.

Just 1:15 later, Magnant scored from Dylan Demers. Kerry Crepeau got his first goal, rebounding a shot from his brother. Then Petit made it 5-1 after 13:13 of the period.

Smith inserted freshman goalie Jacob Cyr in the third period and he had 16 saves on 18 shots.

“He held his own in his first real varsity test,” Smith said.

The Tigers have been tested plenty already this season and Reissfelder said “our work ethic has been a pleasant surprise. We’re down to two lines because of injuries and the kids are making their own breaks.”

Especially Kerry Crepeau.

“Kerry, ever since freshman year, he’s been first or second line,” Reissfelder said. “He just outworks people. Every loose puck ends up on his stick or he moves it to someone else. It’s his calling card – he never, ever gives up.”

Biddeford plays rival Thornton Academy on Thursday, and Kennebunk continues its difficult schedule with Scarborough on Saturday.

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