Brunswick boys bounce back
BY BOB CONN
Times Record Staff
February 5, 2018
Friday night’s boys hockey game against Yarmouth was one to forget for the Brunswick high school squad. A 5-1 loss had first-year coach Michael Misner shaking his head.
But, the schedule allowed for a quick reprieve, and Saturday night provided the Dragons with a big rivalry game against “Battle of the Bridge” foe Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/ Morse at Sidney J. Watson Arena.
In front of big crowd, Brunswick received two goals from Jacob Doring for a 4-3 victory, leaving the Dragons with a 6-8 record while holding down the sixth and final playoff spot in the Class B South Heal Point Standings.
“Friday was one of our ugliest games of the season, and we knew that we had to stay out of the box and have composure,” said Misner, whose Dragons host York on Friday at 6:15 p.m.
Despite controlling a majority of the first period, Brunswick found itself behind the Eagles 2-1 after Noah Austin finished off a pass from Nick Austin with nine seconds remaining in the frame.
However, Eagles coach AJ Kavanaugh felt that his team was off despite the holding the first-period lead.
“We did not match Brunswick’s intensity from the start. They came out flying, physical, and our kids played tentative early,” said Kavanaugh, whose 6-8 Eagles visit Windham/Westbrook on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
The second period began with both teams skating 4- on-4 for 21 seconds. After Brunswick’s fourth straight penalty ended, the Dragons went on their first power play and converted quickly as Doring sent a pass to Michael Deveaux, with his shot eluding the post-to-post efforts of Eagles goaltender Cade Charron (23 saves) for the tying goal.
From there, the second period was all Dragons. Brunswick outshot Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse, 14-2.
“We couldn’t get into a rhythm after that goal, and I have to hand it to Brunswick because the effort was there for them,” said Kavanaugh. “We never had our legs under us to forecheck. Cade made some great saves, but it was just one of those nights where we left some valuable Heal Points out there.”
“We knew that we were controlling time in the offensive zone and we knew if we kept attacking we would be good,” said Misner. “We kept working hard and we saw the results.”
Despite the second-period dominance, the game remained even until late in the frame. With the Eagles on a power play, the puck slid back toward Charron. The aggressive goaltender left his crease and appeared to grab the puck, but the biscuit slipped behind him to a charging Doring, who scored into the vacated cage for a 3- 2 Brunswick lead.
“I was crashing the net hard, and I saw the puck behind him and put it in,” said Doring. “The team was getting hyped and I was able to get that extra step. We had to prove ourselves again and I think we did it. We need to keep skating hard.”
The third period continued Brunswick’s dominance. The Dragons held the Eagles to one shot for the first 10 minutes and gained a two-goal edge when Doring slipped past a defenseman and roofed the puck under the crossbar for a 4-2 lead.
“Jacob keeps working hard and is always looking toward the net. He has a nose for the net,” said Misner of Doring.
Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse pushed back, and a pair of penalties on the Dragons gave the Eagles a two-man advantage for 100 seconds. The hosts finally put some pressure on Brunswick freshman goaltender Spencer Marquis, who was playing in place of starter Riley Kirk, who was out sick. Marquis made five straight saves with his team two-men short, He finished with 14 saves.
“He stepped up big when we needed him too, and Spencer knew that he had to step up tonight,” added Misner.
“We knew they had a young goalie in there, and we didn’t provide enough pressure,” said Kavanaugh.
The Eagles had one more push left as Noah Austin wristed a shot past Marquis with 2:08 remaining for a 4- 3 contest. Matt Lawrence and Owen Kelly assisted.
With Charron pulled for an extra skater, Mt. Ararat/ Lisbon/ Morse went for the tie, but the Brunswick defense kept the Eagles from generating a quality scoring chance in holding on for the win.
In the opening period, Brunswick drew first blood as Andrew Eno blasted a shot through traffic into the cage at 1: 30 of the opening frame. Jared Hummer assisted.
The Eagles earned a power- play chance, and Jacob Sargent scored off a pass from Sam Alexander for 1-1 contest. Brunswick outshot the Eagles, 27-17, and went 2-3 on the power play. The Eagles were 1-of-7 with the man advantage.