Maine Hockey Journal

Witches fly past John Bapst

Brewer, Me– The Brewer Witches the number two team in Class A East, faced off against the John Bapst Crusaders, the number one team in Class B East on Wednesday night.

The Witches came away with the 6-2 victory as Dylan Fitzpatrick added a hat trick in the victory. “I thought we outplayed them for most of the time, in my opinion,” said Brewer Head Coach Bill Schwarz.

“They (John Bapst) played well,” said John Bapst Head Coach Gene Fadrigon. “They put all of pressure on themselves. We had nothing to lose.”

Andy Bush would get the scoring started with 5:42 remaining in the first period when he found the top shelf. Ryan Nadeau got the lone helper. 29 seconds later, junior forward, Nick Risser snapped one over the glove of Derek Duff.

“It’s hard to contain us. The green line scores, the blue line scores, we are pretty balanced,” Schwarz said.

Fitzpatrick would get his first of the contest at the 4:51 mark of the second period. Ryan Nadeau set the goal up.

The Crusaders would get back into the game at the 6:10 mark. Nicky Mitchell notched his first of the night as he beat Eric White. Chase Huckestein got the lone helper

John Bapst thought they got within one a minute later but the goal was disallowed. “He (referee) said it was off the mooring, said Fadrigon. “It was a delayed call, I didn’t question him.”

“The net was off by a foot or so,” said Brewer goaltender Eric White says.

Nick Risser would get the lead back up to three with 2:18 remaining in the second. It was an unassisted tally

“I took it in and went around their defenseman. I backhanded it in,” Nick Risser said.

The Crusaders would get back within two when Mitchell got his second of the night with 18 seconds left in the stanza. Huckestein got his second assist.

Dylan Fitzpatrick would strike with seven seconds remaining in the frame. “After they scored, that’s big shot. That got us down but we gathered at the face-off and said lets get one before the period ends,” said Fitzpatrick.

“I just told the kids; think defense,” said Fadrigon..

“I thought we let up a little bit, we were thinking too defensively I think,” says Nicky Mitchell.

With 9:04 remaining in the contest, Fitzpatrick notched the hat trick. Assists went to Ryan Nadeau and Eric White.

“He (Eric White) just shot that puck to Nadeau. Nadeau saw me streaking across and I was wide open. He hit me and I beat Duff on the five hole,” said Fitzgerald.

Brewer welcomes the Waterville Purple Panthers on Saturday at 5pm.

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