AUBURN – The Brunswick Dragons scored five straight goals to take an insurmountable lead on their way to a 5-2 victory against the Leavitt Hornets Wednesday night at the Norway Savings Bank Arena.
Leavitt opened the game with two strong goals in the first period to take a 2-0 lead before the Dragons’ Jared Parent scored on a wraparound to cut the lead to one.
“It’s not always about aim,” said Parent. “It’s just about getting those rebounds if it’s possible.”
Parent scored his third goal of the game off a rebound in the Leavitt goal crease.
Brunswick senior goalie Devin Allard recorded 11 saves on 13 shots in helping his team win the first game of the season.
“The first period you could tell was just us,” Allard. “Our nerves were there. We were sitting there and were a little too anxious. The second period we kind of settled down and started moving the puck more.”
Leavitt sophomore goalie Ashton Dozois looked sturdy in net with 24 saves in the loss. Multiple penalties were ultimately the demise of the Hornets who had trouble stopping the powerplay for Brunswick. The Dragons capitalized on a tripping penalty given to Leavitt’s defenseman Shuler Lamothe to give them the insurance goal near the end of the second period.
Brunswick top line combination of Jared Parent, Jacob McGowan, and T.J. Sullivan tallied seven total points including four goals and three assists. The three seniors saw a good amount of ice time during a very physical game, but Parent was certainly up to the challenge.
“That’s hockey for you,” Parent said. “You just have to play the body and put pucks on the net.”
While the senior line provided for most of the Dragons’ points, head coach Bill Bodwell made sure to give his young players experience in the game as well.
“We’re young,” said Bodwell. “There was one time where we had four freshmen on the ice, and so I think it’s going to be a little bit of a work in progress.”
While Leavitt’s goaltender played a strong game between the pipes, the defensive captain Kevin Knight was able to play a physical game while controlling the puck well in his own zone. He prevented many of the Brunswick transition rushes with well-timed body checks and excellent defensive placement.
The Hornets were able to jump to the lead halfway through the first period when forward Garrett Morin scored the first goal of the game. Hunter Soucy then scored the second goal in the first period for Leavitt off of a two-on-one breakaway where Kevin Knight snuck a pass under the lone defender for the easy five-hole goal.
The second period was one in which Brunswick dominated out of the locker-room where the team seemed to gain composure. The Dragons found themselves down a goal to start the period, but were up three goals after the late score by Jacob McGowan.
Though there were no goals recorded in the third period, the physicality did not come to and end. Both teams battled in the corners to gain control of the puck while keeping the puck in the neutral zone for much of the period.
(PHOTO: Andrew Gaumont)