Maine Hockey Journal

Waterville wins the showdown

Brewer, Me– Waterville came up to Brewer and solidified themselves as the number one team in Eastern Class. They defeated the Brewer Witches 4-1 Saturday night at Penobscot Ice Arena.

“It was a big win, it was probably for first in the standings,” said Waterville Head Coach Dennis Martin. “Brewer is a real good hockey team.”

“Brewer is definitely considered the best team in the state probably,” said Waterville forward Nick Deblois. “That was a big win considering that was our second win on them.”

“Waterville was the better team,” said Brewer Head Coach Bill Schwarz. “They played very well.”

Shawn Lee would break the ice 49 seconds into the contest with a blast from the blueline. Ian Rowe notched an assist on the play.

With 42 seconds left in the first Deblois would take a hooking penalty to give Witches the man advantage. Brewer couldn’t tie the game up on the opportunity.

“We just thought we had to take advantage of any powerplays we got,” said Schwarz.

“We had to come out and kill the first minute-twenty of the penalty right off and try to get momentum,” said Martin. We had momentum going in albeit with a one goal lead. We knew anything can happen because they have a real strong powerplay.”

Waterville would start to take over in the middle of the second frame. Nick Deblois would put one in the open net with 10:12 remaining. He received a beautiful pass from Ian Rowe who put it between Eric White’s legs.

“Ian made a great play between the legs and I was lucky enough to put away,” said Deblois. “It was one of the nicest (passes).”

“They were doing good work down low; Tim Locke got the puck and just chipped it out to me. I took it down low and put in the slot for Nick. He finished it,” said Ian Rowe. “I don’t know about that,” laughed Rowe if he thought it one of the prettiest passes he gave.

“I thought that was the turning point,” said Schwarz. “We just stopped skating after that.”

Momentum continued in Waterville’s favor as Brewer senior Matt Helfren was called for unsportsmanlike conduct with 8:34 remaining in the second.

“The guys got some momentum and kept rolling with it,” Martin said.

With 4:27 left in the second, Cam Bishop would give his team a three goal lead. Assists went to Josh Gaudette and Shawn Lee.

Brewer would get on the scoreboard when Dylan Fitzpatrick notched his 23 on the powerplay 2:15 into the final fifth teen minutes. Nick Risser and Ryan Nadeau each added an assist.

Ryan Nadeau would go off for tripping with 9:50 left in the contest. Four seconds later Shawn Lee would put the nail in the coffin. Josh Gaudette got his second helper.

“Against a good team, you can’t take penalties. We took too many penalties to stay competitive tonight,” Schwarz said.

Nolan MacDonnell made 17 saves to record his 15th win. “Nolan did a real nice job,” said Martin. “He has been solid for us all year.”

“Nolan played a heck of a game; he has been playing real well lately. He’s even tough to beat in practice,” Rowe said.

Eric White made 25 saves as he suffered his third loss of the season.

Waterville faces Brunswick on Tuesday and Brewer travels down to Lawrence to face the Bulldogs on Wednesday.

Notes: Ben Wigant scored twice and Joey Fournier added an insurance tally as the Lewiston Blue Devils defeated the Bangor Rams 3-1 in an Eastern Class A match-up at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

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