Maine Hockey Journal

A second period surge sends Greely to States

Lewiston, Me– The Greely Rangers (19-1) had to rally from a two goal deficit to defeat the Cape Elizabeth Capers (13-7) 6-3. They go on to play the Presque Isle Wildcats Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee at 1pm.

“I thought it was a great effort,” says Greely Head Coach Barry Mothes. “I give the guys a lot of credit for finding away to tie the game at the end of the (second) period.”

“We were a little down but we knew if we kept working it would be a matter of time,” says Greely forward Brian Hart.

“They never gave,” says Greely goaltender Matt Labby “Even though we were down two, they never gave up and kept fighting.”

With the Capers up midway through the second with a 3-1 lead Brian Hart got them within one at the 8:36 mark. Matt Labby got the assist

“I was glad to score that goal,” says Hart.

With two minutes remaining in the second Ian Gray would pick up the loose change when Patrick Hoffman was hauled down.

“They (Greely) answered the call,” says Cape Elizabeth Head Coach Jason Tremblay. “It was kind of a let down for us.”

The Rangers would take the lead for good when Brian Hart fired one past Phil Jordan. Carter Cyr got the lone helper.

“We tried to generate some offense by extending the ice,” says Tremblay. “You got to take chances like that.”

Cape’s best opportunity in third was denied by Labby. “I saw him across the middle and he cut back. It just hit me,” says Labby.

At the 7:14 mark, Jesse Shavel would get his second of the game with Kyle Selig getting the assist. Ian Gray would add an empty net goal with 65 seconds remaining in the contest. Brian Hart and Kyle Selig recorded the assists.

Cape Elizabeth would get on the board first at the 6:04 mark as he slid it past Labby as he was hauled down in the process. 1:36 later, Jesse Shavel got his first of the match on an unassisted tally.

Sam St. Germain would get two powerplay goals in the second period for the Capers. The first one came at the 3:09 marker with Sean Eubanks and Wilson Laprade setting the goal up. Just over two minutes later he made it 3-1.

“I thought we played tremendous,” say Tremblay on his teams play in the first half of the game.

Greely was without the services with star defenseman Kevin Hart.

“It hurt them a little but they used it as a rallying call,” Tremblay on Kevin Hart not being able to play.

“There was absolutely no way he could play,” says Mothes on dressing Hart. “There was no way I was going to let him be in the stands in a coat and tie.”

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