Maine Hockey Journal

Golden Trojans go to OT again

Biddeford, ME– The Thornton Academy Golden Trojans’ Peter Remmes scored 44 seconds into overtime to give Thornton the 3-2 victory over the Lewiston Blue Devils in a battle between East and West. It’s the third time that Thornton Academy have had a 3-2 game that ended in overtime. They are 2-1 in those games.

“It was a good play by (Sam) Butts to keep it in. (Cam) Green got the puck and got it on net. I got the rebound and put it in,” said Thornton Academy’s junior forward Peter Remmes after the game.

Sam Butts and Cam Green got the game winning assists.

“It was our third overtime game; all which ended 3-2,” said Thornton Academy Head Coach Shawn Rousseau. “One of the things that I said to the team in the huddle before overtime was you got be poise to finish your chances.”

Jamie Belleau Lewiston’s head coach thought his team came to play.

“It was a good game. I thought the kids played well. They played three pretty decent periods and gave themselves a chance to win against a tough team in a tough building,” said Belleau.

Lewiston’s Scottie Ouellette would get the game’s first penalty with 3:53 remaining in the first period. The Golden Trojans would capitalize 23 seconds later when Seth Prior found the back of the net for the fifth time this season. CJ Maksut and Chris Stasio picked up the helpers.

“It’s a game of turnovers and when two teams are playing very good hockey, the team that makes the fewest mistakes and capitalizes on the other team’s mistakes will give themselves a chance to win,” said Belleau.

The Blue Devils would tie the game up 4:34 into the second when Scottie Ouellette blasted one home. Zach Racine and Ryan Lemelin picked up the helpers. Racine made a nice play to get the puck in deep. Lemelin fired a shot on Rick Hebb and the rebound went to Ouellette who had an open net.

“You got to put pucks to the net and establish a forecheck,” said Belleau on Racine’s effort to set the goal up.

67 seconds later, Thornton Academy got the lead back when Andrew Lambert found the back of the cage after Joey Fournier blocked the initial shot. Kyle Welch and Ryan Locke got the assists.

The game would go into the second intermission tied when Robbie Leeman picked up the trash in front of the net with 3:06 remaining. It was a powerplay effort when Brad Duranceau went off for high sticking with 3:19 left. Ben McDonough and Devin McClellan got the assists.

McClellan would go off for tripping with 3:37 remaining in the game. Jamie Belleau argued the call and a bench minor was also assessed to Lewiston. Thornton Academy couldn’t get figure out the triangle.

“That’s my fault,” said Rousseau on the lack of shots on the man advantage. “Our powerplay is 48 percent and when you get a 5 on 3 they are going to form that triangle and pack it in. They won’t give you passing seems through the middle. That’s all we were looking for. That’s an adjustment that will be made on Monday.”

Belleau was quick to blame himself for giving Thornton Academy the 5 on 3 powerplay.

“That’s my fault, I take responsibility and the kids stepped up to the plate and gave themselves a chance to win the game. They picked me up,” said Belleau.

Notes: The Thornton Academy has a week to prepare for Falmouth at the Falmouth Ice Center. Falmouth defeated Thornton Academy last Saturday 2-1.

“We out shot them and we felt like we out played them,” said Rousseau.

Lewiston travels up to Brewer on Wednesday to face the Witches for the second time this season. They head home on Saturday to face their archrivals the St. Dom’s Saints.

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