Maine Hockey Journal

First for Nadeau and Fields lead Biddeford past Portland

Biddeford, ME – Tyson Nadeau scored his first varsity hat trick and Jon Fields earned his first career shutout to boost Biddeford to an 8-0 win over the Portland Bulldogs on home ice at the Biddeford Ice Arena in Wednesday night Class A boys’ high school hockey action.

In the last meeting between the two teams, Biddeford upset Portland 11-1 at Portland Ice Arena. Tonight, Portland came out playing strong in the first period, spoiling some good chances for Biddeford to hold them scoreless in the opening period.

“I gotta give them credit,” said Tigers head coach Rich Reissfelder. “Portland’s a proud bunch of kids and they clogged up the neutral zone really well on us, made it tough for us to get through.”

Early in the second period, Portland had a moment of confusion in front of their bench as the puck headed while in the middle of a line change, costing them a bench minor for too many men on the ice.

Biddeford took advantage of their first power play of the night. Scott Callahan broke the scoring deadlock at 2:54 of the second period.

“That was a great power play, I thought we had a few great chances and when (Scott) Callahan buried it that was the big boost we needed,” said Reissfelder.

From there, Nadeau would light the lamp three times, earning his first varsity hat trick before the period was over.

“I just buckled down in the second period after that first goal,” said Nadeau. “I just kept going hard and my teammates backed me up, gave me some assists.”

His first goal came at 7:41 of the second, when he let off a low shot that slipped under the leg pad of Portland goaltender Jon Gatti. Taylor Reuillard got the assist on Nadeau’s first goal.

Nadeau added his second less than a minute later at 8:27, beating Gatti again with another low wrist shot, this time assisted by Mario Lemieux.

He completed the hat trick just before the second period ended, letting off yet another low shot at 14:39, this time set up by Scott Callahan and Eric Grover. The Tigers went into the second intermission with a 4-0 lead.

Biddeford added four more goals in the third.

Brady Fleurent scored twice in the third period and Scott Callahan added his second of the game in the third. Nick Gagne would score a goal in the final period to round out the scoring for Biddeford.

Jon Fields stopped all of the shots he faced, earning his first varsity shutout. Although he didn’t face as many shots in tonight’s game compared to others he has played in, he did admit to getting a little nervous toward the end.

“They had one shot that I didn’t really get a good read on and it almost went in and then I was kind of nervous from that point on, but it’s good to feel nervous I guess.”

Despite a few good chances late in the game, Portland was unable to beat Shields and he hung on for the 8-0 victory. Tonight’s win marked the seventh straight victory for Biddeford as they improve to 8-0-2.

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