Maine Hockey Journal

Delgiudice strong, but St. Dom’s prevails, 6-1

Lewiston, ME – It was territorial domination in St. Dominic Academy’s, 6-1 win over Messalonskee High School at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee Thursday afternoon.

“It’s one of those games where you know what you are expecting,” said St. Dom’s Head Coach Steve Ouellette. “They are having a long season with a young team, but at the same time, they got a goalie that can keep them in it.”

Messalonskee coach Mike Latendresse thought his team played well in the loss.

“Overall, I thought the game was good,” he said. “I thought we played extremely well, played solid in the defensive zone. In the first period, I thought we made too many mistakes and gave them a couple extra chances.”

Despite being outshot 23-4 in the first period, the Eagles jumped out the 1-0 lead when the puck jumped over a Saints’ defenseman stick at the St. Dom’s blueline. Sam Dexter took the puck and released a snap shot 38 seconds into the contest.

“They get that first shot of game and it falls on their goal scorer’s stick and he buries it,” Ouellette said.

Dexter’s line created most of the offensive opportunities for Messalonskee.

“That line created a few chances, but again, it’s just not enough,” Latendresse added. “I think you need to get more to beat a team like that.”

Right before the 3:30 mark, Danny Nadeau tied the contest up as he picked up the trash in front of Messalonskee’s net. The lone assist went to Kyle Holtet. Dakota Keene gave the Saints the lead as he swept the puck home at the 8:40 mark of the opening period.

“I thought the first period we skated very well, but you don’t maintain that speed for three periods in some of these games,” said Ouellette. “It’s one of those things where you have to stay focus.”

With 1:44 remaining in the period, Spencer Martin stretched the lead to 3-1 with Holtet and Nadeau picking up their second points of the period.

Nate Delgiudice stabilized the deficit for Messalonskee only allowing one goal in the second period. It was crisp passing from the Saints that led to the fourth goal as Holtet and Nadeau found Martin once again at the 2:39 mark.

“One (goal) was a pass-pass-goal type thing and they’ve have shown a lot of growth,” Ouellette stated of the Martin-Holtet-Nadeau line. “Spencer Martin has been skating very well and Holtet, now you can see that experience is kicking in as he’s starting to mature out there.”

The Eagles kept the Saints to the perimeter throughout the game.

“They aren’t going to be dangerous and beat Nate (Delgiudice) from the outside,” Latendresse stated. “Our thought was to stay under control and force them to the outside. When there was a sign of weakness, attack at that point.”

Cody Rodrigue made it 5-1 after he collected the loose rebound in the crease. Danny Nadeau notched his third assist of the game. Rodrigue added his second tally of the period with 3:01 to play with Dylan Rodrigue and Nadeau setting the marker up.

Delgiudice stopped 52 shots while Austin Curtis made 8 saves in the victory. The Saints put in Caleb Dostie with 1:12 remaining in the game.

“You can’t ask much more from what (Delgiudice) gave us tonight,” said Latendresse.

St. Dom’s was 0-for-4 on the power play while Messalonskee was 0-for-1.

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