Maine Hockey Journal

East edges West in Class A Senior All Star Game

Falmouth, ME—Cony High School’s Josh Zayac scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second period to help the Eastern Class A Senior All Stars skate past the Western Senior All Stars 2-1 on Saturday night at Family Ice Arena.

The Exhibition contest provided over 40 Maine High School seniors with an opportunity to skate together one last time while representing the schools that they have attended over the past four years.

Even though the score wasn’t that of a typical All Star game, physical play picked up once both teams settled in. It’s a good thing that the players didn’t take the game lightly, because you never know who might be watching from the stands.

“Kids were battling and I think they kind of put the All Star (title) behind them and played to win,” said Will Fay, Head Coach and GM of the Laconia Leafs of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.

Craig Anton (Biddeford) provided the lone goal of the first period, which ended up being the only goal that the Western Senior All Stars could muster. Anton was credited with the goal after his shot ricocheted off of Eastern All Star Chris Delgudice (Messalonskee) and past goaltender Ryan Cormier (Waterville).

“(Tonight) was awesome, it’s a big change playing with all these guys that I was just playing against last week,” said Cormier.

Two Biddeford Seniors, Derek Reny and Trevor Fleurent, collected assists on the opening goal.

Fleurent joins Rick Hebb (Thornton Academy), Nick George (Bangor) and Mat Gordon (Edward Little) as a finalist for the Travis Roy Award, which is handed out annually to Maine’s top Class A hockey player. The recipient will be announced today at the Class A Hockey Coaches Association State Awards Banquet.

“(I had) a lot of fun playing against all our rivals this year. Playing together with them was a fun experience,” said Fleurent.

The Eastern Senior All Stars responded with two goals in the middle frame. Erik Ogren (MHW) tallied the equalizing goal from Mat Gordon (Edward Little) and Devin Lyshon (Bangor).

“(The Maranacook/Winthrop/Hall-Dale) Hawks, we didn’t have a great ending, so scoring that goal put a smile on my face,” said Ogren after the contest. “It was great to go out there and play some fast pace hockey with the best in the state. I was excited and it was a good experience for me.”

Late in the second, John Zayac (Cony) concluded the scoring.

“We were trying to get the puck on net, I got an opportunity and fired it – it found the back of the net,” Zayac said of his eventual game-winning tally.

Several Maine senior All Stars will go on to play college of junior hockey; others may hang up their skates. The common thread between all of them is that much has been gained over the past four years and a lot will be missed.

“The fan support where I’m from, Biddeford, was amazing. I’m going to miss that a lot,” said Trevor Fleurent.

“Won’t miss the 4:00 a.m. practices,” added Joey York (Kennebunk), “but just going out every day, and the commitment, and the guys. It was a good experience.”

“Going out every day and playing hockey with your buddies,” said goalie Rick Hebb (Thornton). “I wouldn’t want anything else.”

All Star Goalie Round Up:

East
1st Period Ryan Cormier – 10 saves – 11 shots
2nd Period Cody Patterson 8 saves – 8 shots
3rd Period Shayne Curtis 12 saves -12 shots

West
1st Period Rick Hebb 6 saves – 6 shots
2nd Period Matt Mayo 6 saves – 8 shots
3rd Period Matt Roy 7 saves – 7 shots

(Nathan Fournier contributed to this report).

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