Charron stops 41 in Eagles’ setback
BY ERIC MAXIM
The Times Record
Jack St. Pierre snapped a rebound off his own shot into the back of the net with under five minutes remaining in overtime to lift Brunswick to a 3-2 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference victory over Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/ Morse in boys high school hockey at Sidney J. Watson Arena Friday night.
“What a great feeling,” said an excited St. Pierre following the game. “After my initial shot, I saw the puck just sitting there and wanted to get a stick on it.”
Brunswick wasted no time firing shots on Mt. Ararat goalie Cade Charron. Taking shots from Michael Eno, St. Pierre and Michael Deveaux, the junior goalie made save after save.
Jacob Doring was able to beat Charron after being assisted by St. Pierre and Deveaux for a power-play goal 9:37 into the game.
The score stood at 1-0 to end the opening period despite the Dragons holding a large advantage in shots, 16-4.
“We knew our gameplan tonight was going to expose Cade to more shots. He knew that, and he stepped up his game tonight,” said Eagles coach AJ Kavanaugh.
Following a pair of Mt. Ararat penalties with 14 seconds left in the first period, Brunswick opened the second with a two-man advantage. The Dragons wasted no time, scoring only five seconds in when Aiden Snell found Jared Hummer for the game’s second goal.
“We came out focusing on our passes and shots on net,” said Brunswick first-year coach Michael Misner. “We wanted to go out and play as clean as possible.”
The Eagles missed out on a couple of scoring opportunities during the period when they had a pair of power-play chances. The Brunswick defense, led by Max Burtis and Andrew Eno, killed both penalties without a score.
Late in the second period, Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse senior Cam Grant fired a shot from the blue line towards the net. Screened by players in front of him, Brunswick goalie Riley Kirk was unable to get anything on the shot and the puck reached the back of the net to cut the Dragon lead in half, 2-1.
“That goal got us more into the game,” said Grant. “Not that we weren’t in it before, but getting a goal right there was good for us.”
Charron stopped 10 more shots in the second period to keep his team in the game, trailing 2-1.
Eagles keep coming
Five minutes into the third period, Mt. Ararat’s Noah Austin nearly tied the score when he was able to get a stick on the puck in front of the net, but Kirk made the save. Thirty seconds later, Kirk stopped Austin once again, denying a game-tying goal.
With time winding down in the game, Kavanaugh pulled Charron, giving the Eagles a man advantage. For the better part of next minute, the puck remained between the blue lines at center ice, with neither team possessing the puck.
With under 25 seconds remaining, the Eagles pushed the puck into the Brunswick defensive zone, where Sam Alexander grabbed the puck and beat Kirk to tie the game with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.
“We knew if we could get the puck out front and snap one low, we had a chance to score,” said Kavanaugh.
Regulation ended deadlocked, 2-2, forcing overtime.
“That goal was a reset,” said Misner, after the Eagles tied the score late. “We’re a team that stays focused and we wanted to end it quick in overtime.”
Deveaux missed left of the cage only 18 seconds into the extra period, followed by a breakaway from Doring that Charron turned away. Michael Marro got into the action, also putting a pair of point-blank shots on Charron, only to come up empty-handed. Charron stopped four shots in overtime before St. Pierre’s game-winner slipped through. Charron made 41 saves in the loss.
“Cade played really well tonight,” said Kavanaugh. “He wasn’t happy with his performance last game and knew he needed to step it up tonight.”
“Their goalie played great,” added Misner. “AJ had them prepared tonight.”
Kirk made 15 saves for the Dragons, now 2-1. Brunswick will play Greely on the road on Tuesday at 7:40 p.m. Mt. Ararat falls to 0-2 and travels to Yarmouth to play the Clippers on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Travis Roy Arena.
Eagles 2, OT
Friday at Sidney J. Watson Arena
Eagles— 0 1 1 0 — 2
Dragons— 1 1 0 1 — 3
First period — 1. (B) Jacob Doring
(Jack St. Pierre, Michael Deveaux),
pp, 9:37. Penalties — (MtA) Noah
Austin, roughing, 8:34, (MtA) Noah
Austin, holding, 14:46, (MtA) Jacob
McLaughlin, unsportsmanlike conduct, 14:46.
Second period — 2. (B) Jared Hummer (Aiden Snell, Michael Deveaux),
pp, :05; 3. (MtA) Cam Grant, 13:26.
Penalties — (B) Andrew Eno, hooking, 4:40, (B) Aiden Snell, roughing,
Third period — 4. (MtA) Sam
Alexander, 14:46. Penalties — (MtA)
Matt Lawrence, roughing, 9:28.
Overtime — 5. (B) Jack St. Pierre,
Shots on goal — Brunswick 43, Mt.
Saves — (MtA) Cade Charron 41; (B)
Riley Kirk 15.
Power play — Mt.
Records — Brunswick 2-1; Mt.
Up next for Eagles — Tuesday at
Yarmouth, 7:10 p.m.
Up next for Dragons — Tuesday at
Greely, 7:40 p.m.
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