Maine Hockey Journal

Biddeford rolls past St. Dom’s

Lewiston, ME – Biddeford High School (7-0-2) capitalized on their opportunities while St. Dominic Academy (8-3) Saints missed on their chances despite a third period come back as the Tigers took the Class A inter-divisional match-up, 5-3, Saturday afternoon at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

“I don’t think we were given a whole lot,” said Biddeford coach Rich Reissfelder. “We definitely hustled up-and-down the ice to create some opportunities. St. Dom’s is a phenomenal program, great speed, good depth, and good coaching.”

The Saints were 1-for-8 on the power play while Biddeford was 1-for-3.

“I will be honest with you, today, I am pretty embarrassed,” said St. Dom’s Head Coach Steve Ouellette. “The mental part of that game was pretty bad for two periods.”

The Tigers got the board first as Bryan Dallaire snapped the puck into the back of the net at the 3:24 mark of the opening 15 minutes of play. Tyler Audie recorded an assist on the tally.

“It’s nice having goal scorers,” said Reissfelder. “Some teams, you have to work and can’t catch a break. It seems everything we throw at the net finds a hole or off a post to one of our sticks.”

Biddeford had a chance to extend their lead in the middle of the period on the penalty kill, but missed on the great 2-on-0 chance. On the next power play however for St. Dom’s, the Tigers pounced on another penalty kill opportunity.

The puck bounced over a Saints’ defenseman’s stick to Scott Callahan, who roofed it past Austin Christopher at the 7:48 mark of the first period. Tyson Nadeau was credited with the assist.

“The sad part is I don’t think they beat us today,” Ouellette said. “I don’t really think they beat us, we beat ourselves mentally today.”

“Fleurent got his points, but honestly we gave them some of those goals, the first two goals were given to them.”

St. Dom’s was 0-for-3 on the power play in the period.

“We are very fortunate, we have Coach (Jamie) Gagnon who has been here for quite a few years and he’s in charge of the penalty kill, Reissfelder added. “We have kids from last year doing it with coach Gagnon and understand how the whole thing works.”

The Saints had a golden chance to steal some momentum back when Nick Grover was assessed a double minor. Biddeford didn’t allow the Saints to set-up and the Tigers got the lone two shots on the power play.

“I think (the players) thought it was still practice yesterday where we were moving the puck around,” Ouellette mentioned. “We have no excuses here today, in the second we had a four-minute power play, and I don’t think we got a shot off.”

Dallaire finished off a beautiful play at the door step to make it 3-0 Tigers. Audie and Brady Fleurent set the marker up with 3:05 left play in the middle frame.

Just 56 seconds later, Fleurent extended the lead to 4-0 on the power play.

The Saints finally got on the board 3:18 into the third period when Cody Rodrigue beat Tyler Morton through the five-hole. Dakota Keene picked up the assist.

“Nothing was said (in the second intermission),” said Ouellette. “They were on their own.”

Fleurent tipped in a Nick Gagne shot to extend the lead to 5-1 at the 6:20 mark of the third period.

“It gave us back our four goal gap,” said Reissfelder. That’s what St. Dom’s did last year, we were up 5-1 in the third and we ended up winning 6-5.”

The Saint’s made their comeback in the middle of the third period. Dakota Keene fed Alex Parker in the slot to cut the deficit to three at the nine minute mark. Only 33 seconds later, Spencer Martin got the Saints within two at 5-3 and forced Biddeford to use their timeout.

“We kind of taken a turn for the worse there, we stopped moving our feet, and all three of their goals came within eight feet from the net,” Reissfelder stated. “That usually comes with losing battles up front. I wanted to make sure they knew the game wasn’t over”

Tyler Morton stopped 17 shots in goal for Biddeford while Austin Christopher made 15 saves for the Saints.

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