Maine Hockey Journal

John Bapst wins on special teams

Orono, ME– The John Bapst Crusaders relied on special teams as they rolled 5-0 over the Orono Red Riots at the Alfond Arena on Monday night. They climb to 14-2 and are on top of Eastern Class B standings. Andrew Casey had two goals and added an assist in the victory.

“Our powerplay has been working well. We scored three goals off the powerplay,” said John Bapst Head Coach Gene Fadrigan.

“We came together as team (tonight),” said John Bapst senior forward Andrew Casey

“For once we talked tonight,” says Casey Hull who had two assists on the night. “Everyone was talking and letting everyone know where they were.”

“We are working on a short bench right now because we have guys out with academic issues,” said Orono’s head coach Greg Hirsch. “I thought the guys worked hard and all three lines did a good job.

After a little flurry by Red Riots, John Bapst controlled the first. Casey Hull and Nicky Mitchell made a nice set-up to Andrew Casey to give the Crusaders the 1-0 lead at the 5:21 mark on the powerplay.

“Nicky (Mitchell) got the puck; he dropped it off to Casey (Hull). Casey looked at me and put it between two defenders. I was right in the middle and I tapped it in,” said Casey.

“On Andrew’s first goal, Nicky (Mitchell) fed me the puck. I felt pressure and felt more than one guy. I knew there had to be someone on the weak side and I glanced up and saw Andrew,” said Hull.

“Casey had some amazing dekes, (he) drove in on the defense. He kinda lost it behind him and I picked it up. I did a slap shot that went over the goalie’s glove,” says Casey

John Bapst would make it 2-0 Chase Huckenstein fired one from the point and found Andrew Kozerow’s five hole. It was a goal on the man advantage that was set up by Andrew Casey and Nicky Mitchell with 7:14 remaining in the first.

“The penalties kicked in and I thought we lost our legs,” said Hirsch.

Andrew Casey would pick up a shorthanded tally with a snapshot from the point with 8:47 remaining in the second stanza. Hull and Tyler Fadrigan set the tally up.

A key moment in the second period was when Orono had some momentum and Derek Duff came up with a leg save. He made 21 saves in the shutout.

“Derek has been really consistent and tough this year,” said Fadrigan.

“(He’s) always good. He’s a great goalie, controls his rebound and always cuts down his angles. He plays well every night,” smiled Hull.

“He’s probably one of the best (goaltenders) in the state. It’s hard task to get one by him,” said Hirsch.

John Bapst didn’t let up in the third. With 3:07 in the third, Tyler Fadrigan fired one past Kozweow. Ethan Sale and Catherine Drummond set the goal up. Derrick Antworth finished the scoring off as he leaped over Kozweow who came out to challenge for the puck.

Andrew Kozerow made 31 saves in the losing effort. “He did a really good job. He made some big saves when we really needed it,” says Hirsch. The Red Riots fall to 5-10 on the regular season.

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