Maine Hockey Journal

Thornton Academy clips Scarborough; 1-0

Biddeford, ME—There are three things you can count on with the Thornton Academy Golden Trojans hockey team. They shoot the puck, finish checks, and get results.

CJ Maksut scored the eventual game-winning goal in the first period and Rick Hebb picked up the shutout as the Thornton Academy Golden Trojans edged the Scarborough Red Storm 1-0 in a Class A hockey tilt on Wednesday night. The victory keeps Thornton Academy on pace with Biddeford and Falmouth atop the Western Maine Class A Heal Points standings.

“They’ve got a great club there. They have a lot of speed,” said Scarborough Head Coach Norm Gagne. “(It’s quite a feat) for us to hold them to 1-0”.

Scarborough was thoroughly outplayed for most of the night, but  Gagne was pleased with his team’s performance considering the absence of several key players due to injury.

“I’m proud of the kids and the way they played because, to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect,” Gagne said. “(We were missing) Nate Tolman, our top line center, and had to piece together other lines that don’t regularly play”.

Scarborough goalie Matt Mayo kept the Trojans off the board until CJ Maksut broke the deadlock with seven minutes to go in first period. Maksut raced down the right wing before powering his way into the slot and slipping the puck past the outstretched pad of Mayo.

Thornton Academy continued to control the tempo in the second period, killing off a double minor penalty to sophomore Bryan Dallaire with apparent ease. Scarborough generated a few chances, but failed to connect on two odd-man rushes. When the Golden Trojans did turn the puck over, everyone in a maroon and gold jersey used his speed to back check and transition play back to Trojan offense.

Scarborough began the final period on its fourth power play and struggled to muster quality scoring chances.

Scarborough Senior defenseman Scott Peterson kept the game 1-0 with ten minutes remaining in regulation with a sterling defensive play. With the puck fluttering in the air after a save by Matt Mayo, Peterson swatted the puck away with his stick to neutralize the scoring threat.

Matt Mayo made a handful of textbook saves in the final minutes, deflecting pucks to the corner and absorbing several pucks into his chest pad to prevent rebounds.

“Matt was fantastic. He came up big. That’s the type of goaltending we need,” added Gagne. “We’re not a team that is going to score a lot of goals. We’re muckers,” he continued, citing Scarborough’s physical and grinding style as opposed to a finesse game.

Thornton Academy Head Coach Shawn Rousseau declined to comment. An assistant to the team announced that Rousseau was simply “pleased with the performance”.

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