Maine Hockey Journal

SP’s Desjardins shuts down Edward Little

Portland, ME – With goals coming from four different players, South Portland defeated Edward Little, 4-0 in Class A boy’s ice hockey at the Portland Ice Arena on Saturday night.

After a scoreless first period where Edward Little goalie Rich Belanger was severely tested, Red Riot forward Logan Pushard netted the game’s first goal 6:13 into the second period. Pushard received a great pass from forward Travis Lowell, who was pinned up in the corner of the boards. Fellow forward Ben Johnston also received credit for an assist on the play.

South Portland found itself on the board again, a mere few minutes later. During a faceoff in the Edward Little zone, forward Sedrick Simons won the faceoff cleanly, pushed his way to the net, and swiftly put it past the net minder for the 2-0 lead.

“It was a good win, but I don’t think we played that well,” said South Portland Head Coach Joe Robinson. “I think we outplayed (Edward Little) most of the game, but missed a lot of opportunities. We’re trying to work on getting more shots on the net, trying to create better scoring opportunities, but I’ll take the win.”

Although they found themselves down two goals to begin the third period, Edward Little was doing its best to hang in the game and possibly create some scoring chances late in the game.

The Red Eddies were given a 5-on-3 midway through the third, but failed to capitalize. A crucial pass was missed during the advantage, which ended up shaving valuable seconds off the power play.

“We’re a pretty physical team,” Robinson said. “We try to set a tone that way. The more physical you are, you tend to create some space.”

The Red Riots, however, were too much for the Red Eddies, and crucial mistakes began piling up for the team from Auburn.

With more than five minutes remaining in the game, South Portland forward Nick Whitten stole the puck away from an Edward Little defender right in front of his own net and fired one past the goaltender.

A beautiful end-to-end power play goal from captain Tommy Ellis capped off the scoring for South Portland.

Red Riot goaltender Dominic Desjardins played a stellar game in night, stopping anything that came within his reach.

“Dom’s been playing great,” Robinson said. “He had 40 saves last week against Greely and 54 saves against York a couple of weeks ago. I’m very pleased with the goaltending.”

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