Maine Hockey Journal

Waterville looks for another title

Lewiston, ME– The Eastern Finals was a battle of two of the top defensive teams in Maine. Waterville’s offense showed up as they defeated the Lewiston Blue Devils 3-0. For the first time since 2004, a team other then Lewiston will represent the East in the State Finals.

Nolan MacDonell turned away all 17 shots he saw. The key point of the game when he shutdown the Blue Devils on a two minute two man advantage in the middle of the third. He made one stellar save.

“I saw the shot the last second and slid over,” says Nolan MacDonnell.

“Nolan came up with some big saves, we knew he was in the game,” says Waterville Head Coach Dennis Martin. “The penalty kill has been our strong point all year long.”

He also said he was nervous in the first stanza.

“The first period I was a little nervous,” said MacDonnell.

“I expected a close game,” says Lewiston’s Head Coach Jamie Belleau.

After the teams battled to scoreless first period, Waterville took control in the second. 63 seconds into the stanza, Ian Rowe went around the net and banked it off the skate of Jake Brown into the net.

“That’s hockey for you, you dominate you are going to great the breaks,” says Waterville forward Ian Rowe.

“You work so hard, your bounces will come your way at some point,” says Martin.

“They beat us in the transition game,” says Belleau. “It didn’t hurt us as much (in Waterville.)

26 seconds later, Eric Aldrich would shoot one from the Zamboni entrance and it found its way past Cam Poussard. Cam Poussard was bombarded with 23 shots fired his way in the second period.

We used our speed to tire them out,” says Rowe.

The Panthers would put the game out of reach when Ian Rowe got his second of the contest 43 seconds into the third. Eric Aldrich and Kyle Bishop set the goal up.

Cam Poussard made 42 saves in the losing effort.

Waterville look for their 20th State title, Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee against the St. Dom’s Saints who defeated Falmouth 3-1.

Note: Wednesday, March 4th, I will join Sun Journal’s Justin Pelletier, St. Dom’s Head Coach Steve Ouellette, and David MacDonald, who’s is in the process of bringing a Maritime Junior “A” club to Lewiston, in a live chat at the Sun Journal web site at 11:45am-12:45pm.

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