Maine Hockey Journal

Thornton win sets up rematch with cross-town rival

Lewiston, ME – It was a battle of brothers in second Western Maine Class A Semifinal, but instead of it being on the ice, it was behind the bench.

Younger brother Shawn Rousseau led his Thornton Academy Trojans past Scott Rousseau and Falmouth High School 4-1 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Saturday night.

“Scotty and I understand that these games aren’t about us, but about the young men who we serve,” said TA’s head coach Shawn Rousseau.”

Despite losing, Shawn will have his older brother on his side the rest of the way.

“As hard it sounds, I will be in his corner the rest of the way,” said Falmouth head coach Scott Rousseau.

Thornton Academy goaltender Rick Hebb played a big part in the game, allowing only one goal.

“Rick Hebb continues to play stellar,” said Shawn Rousseau. “When we are able to play from the goal mouth out, with that kind of performance, a good performance from a defense and forwards, Ricky was once again a leader in our effort tonight.”

With Thornton Academy up 2-1 late in the third period, they’d put the game away as Sam Canales notched a power play tally to make 3-1 with 3:35 to play.

“Three or four goals were rebound goals,” Shawn Rousseau stated. “Those aren’t Jay Hurdman’s fault; our guys got their sticks on them before their defensemen.”

The Golden Trojans put the nail in the coffin only 20 seconds later when Brett Levasseur ripped a shot past Hurdman.

Falmouth opening the scoring in the game as Dan Hanley put Falmouth out to the early 1-0 lead only 3:37 into the game as he put the puck home right at the door step of Thornton Academy’s crease.

“I thought we were going to have it tonight, but we didn’t,” added Scott Rousseau.

The Golden Trojans responded as Seth Prior notched his 10th goal of the season with 6:03 remaining in the first period.

Thornton Academy took the lead when sophomore Nick Chen lit the lamp with 3:44 remaining in the period.

In the second, Thornton Academy killed off three straight penalties. Falmouth went 0-for-5 on the man advantage while Thornton was 1-for-2.

“I thought (Falmouth) dominated play in the second,” said the younger Rousseau. “We have six solid defensemen that we roll pretty consistently.”

“I think that second period was crucial,” said Rick Hebb. “That one goal could have changed the whole surroundings of the game.

Falmouth had a great opportunity to tie the game up early in the third, but the shot went high.

“You got to stay compose the whole game,” said Hebb. “That one opportunity can amount to anything.”

“We chased that goal forever and ever, by the end of the game we were taking chances,” Scott said.

Thornton Academy will now face Biddeford on Tuesday in the Western Class A Final at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

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