BRUNSWICK — Cony-Hall-Dale-Monmouth Academy scored three goals in the final two minutes of the second period Wednesday night and went on to a 5-2 victory against Mt. Ararat-Lisbon-Morse in a boys’ hockey game at Watson Arena.

“It was 2-2, and it was like we blinked and it was 5-2 going into the third period,” Mt. Ararat Coach A.J. Kavanaugh said. “It was severely deflating.”

The Rams (5-3) won their fourth straight game. Mt. Ararat (2-7) lost for the fifth consecutive time, this time to a competitor for the final postseason spot in Class A North.

Avery Pomerleau, Cole Lockhart, Reed Hopkins and Zach Whitney each had a goal and an assist for Cony, which got balanced scoring from its top two lines. The Rams have outscored opponents 16-4 during their winning streak.

“They’re a quality team and this is going to be a dogfight down to the end of the year for our league,” Cony Coach Chad Foye said. “Anybody can win a game and anybody can get knocked off if you don’t show up and put a full effort in. It’s important to show up every night ready to work hard and win a hockey game.”

Riley Dowe of Cony broke a 1-1 tie with a four-on-four goal at 3:12 of the second period, but Mt. Ararat answered with a power-play goal by Sam Alexander before the midway point on just its seventh shot.

Penalties eventually caught up to the Eagles late in the period, with Hopkins giving Cony the lead for good on a power play at 13:23 by flipping a backhander off a fallen Cade Charron (39 saves) for a 3-2 lead.

Forty seconds later, Lockhart’s wrist shot doubled the lead, and Whitney beat Charron from the right circle four seconds before the end of the period to make it 5-2.

“It started with the power play, getting the goal there, and then our momentum just went forward,” said Lockhart, who scored his team-leading seventh goal. “We started off slow this year but we’re starting to go. We looked at it like this was a big game and we knew it was, so we started out strong and got the big win.”

“We shot the puck, got to the net and things went our way,” Whitney said. “I felt the momentum coming our way and we were able to pound them in.”

Each team dealt with losses. Mt. Ararat’s third-leading scorer, Nick Austin, was injured late in the first period and didn’t return. For Cony, Dowe was hurt on his first shift after scoring and didn’t return.

“I see (frustration) in pieces but I give them credit; it doesn’t get any worse than the way we just saw the second period end,” Kavanaugh said. “That’s probably the worst we’ve felt on the bench. We were all deflated, coaches and players.”

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