Maine Hockey Journal

Eric White was a stone wall

Brewer, ME– The Brewer Witches put a spell on the Lewiston Blue Devils as goaltender Eric White led the way in the 3-0 shutout victory. Lewiston peppered White in the late second period as they hit everything but the back of the net.

“It’s frustrating. The first two periods we did everything but score,” said Lewiston Head Coach Jamie Belleau. “We had a lot of opportunities. We will have to try to work on that. We ran up against good goaltending in White and we expected that.”

“They got some good pressure after we scored our second goal because they knew they needed to score to keep it close. Our defense played pretty well,” said Brewer goaltender Eric White. It was his third shutout of the season.

Andy Bush would get his second of the season 3:06 left in the third period. Dylan Fitzpatrick got the assist.

“I saw him come around so I move down. He (Fitzpatrick) gave me a perfect pass and the far side was open,” said Andy Bush on his first goal of the night.

Nick Risser would stretch the lead to two 4:14 into the second after a Lewiston turnover in their own end. Tyler White and Evan Nadeau picked up the helpers.

“Evan Nadeau went into the corner, and put the puck out front. Tyler White was in right spot to cut the puck off and passed it right over to me. I was wide open,” said Nick Risser.

“When you are pressing and trying to score and not getting any; you tend to make a few more mistakes. When you have a talented team like Brewer, they tend to capitalize on it,” said Belleau.

Lewiston picked up the pace and controlled the rest of the period. They fired shots on White and a couple of them rang off the iron. Just before the horn sounded, Lewiston created a turnover but Dylan Fitzpatrick saved a breakaway opportunity by tripping the Blue Devil. Lewiston started the third with a powerplay.

“We didn’t lose because of him (Fitzpatrick). We didn’t capitalize on our chances,” said Jamie Belleau on the state’s second leading scorer who has 14 goals and 11 assists in ten games.

The Blue Devils couldn’t capitalize on the powerplay. Devin McClellan would go the sin bin with 9:28 left in the contest. The Witches would put the game out of reach with 8:20 remaining. Andy Bush let a wrister go from the top of the point. Evan Nadeau got the lone assist.

“They kept following him (Nadeau) and I took a nice wrist shot,” said Bush.

Lewiston’s best chance in the third period was Robbie Leeman’s end to end rush. White was able to get a pad on it.

“He tried to go five hole so I just kept my pads closed,” said White. “I don’t know where the puck went but obviously it ended bouncing up for a little while, I thought I had it under me.

The Brewer Witches face the Scarborough Storm in a battle of East and West Saturday at 5pm in Brewer. The Lewiston Blue Devils look to end their two game losing streak Saturday as they face their archrival St. Dom’s at 8pm.

Notes:
The game was delayed as the Zamboni broke down before warm ups took place. It was scheduled as a 5pm face off but the action didn’t start until 5:50.

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