Maine Hockey Journal

Waterville had enough to grab their 20th State Title

Lewiston, ME– The Waterville Panthers fought the St. Dom’s Saints off to capture their 20th State Title 3-2. After the Saints got themselves into an early 3-0 deficit, they mounted their comeback. The final five minutes were long for everybody when the Saints put pressure on.

“It was the longest five minutes of my life and probably for everyone else,” said Eric Aldrich.

“Five years,” said Dennis Martin Waterville’s head coach. “My assistant goes that was the longest minute in history.”

“We said six miles, five miles, four miles, and lets keep chugging,” said Josh Gaudette.

“I was counting down to celebration,” said Nolan MacDonnell.

“Right now it’s a blur,” said St. Dom’s head coach Steve Ouellette.

“It felt like three periods. It was a long game,” says Richard Paradis.

The Panthers came out pouncing in the first. 3:03 Eric Aldrich got Waterville on the board. Cam and Kyle Bishop set the tally up with shots on Curtis.

“It probably the most important thing,” said Aldrich. “If you get the first goal, you have the edge on people. They are down a little.”

5:08 into the stanza Shawn Lee potted one on the powerplay. Cam Bishop and Kyle Gaudette also recorded points.

At the 9:29 mark, Gaudette fired one from the high slot while shorthanded to give Waterville the 3-0 lead heading into the intermission.

“When it was 3-0, I said boys it’s still a long ways to go,” Martin says.

“It came down to bad breaks,” said Ouellette. “We had nerves in the first period but we kept our comsure.”

The only tally in the second was Ben Randall notching a powerplay tally at the 6:50 mark. Richard Paradis and Alex Parker assisted on the goal.

“They were beating us to loose pucks and we weren’t playing Waterville hockey,” said Gaudette. “We backed off a little.”

C.J Bergeron would get the Saints within one with a powerplay tally at the 5:39 mark of the third. Richard Paradis got the lone assist.

“If the game went a little longer, it could have been a different score,” MacDonald said.

Nolan MacDonnell made 31 saves in the victory.

“He did a great job today,” said Martin.

Nolan is one of those goalies that you need to have faith in,” says Aldrich. “He so clutch as he made the biggest saves in the playoffs.”

Shayne Curtis made 30 saves.

“He shut them down for two periods,” said Ouellette. “He obviously bounced back very well.”

Just like in the Class B game earlier in the afternoon, Waterville got a boost when senior defenseman Shawn Lee was inserted into the line up.

“It was a great feeling knowing I was going to play and letting them do it for me,” says Shawn Lee. When I was warming up I wasn’t 100 percent.”

“When he skated yesterday, you see it and he got the clearance,” said Martin.

Notes: The game was delayed for 15 minutes because a pane of glass shattered during warm ups as a Saints player shot a puck.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply