Maine Hockey Journal

It wans’t a thing of beauty, but St. Dom’s found a way

Lewiston, ME – Offensive wasn’t very plentiful for either St. Dominic or Falmouth, but the Saints found just enough to squeak past the Yachtsmen, 3-1, in a battle of east vs. west in boys’ Class A hockey at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

“We had to work hard in front of the net tonight,” said St. Dom’s head coach Steve Ouellette. “There was a lot of traffic. It was tough to get to the net.”

Falmouth Head Coach Adam Nicholas thought his team played their best hockey in the latter 30 minutes of the game.

“We played well in the second and third period,” Nicholas said. “Again, we are very immature and young, they don’t have to prepare. They wait back and see what the other team is going to play. They don’t take the bull by the horns and set the tone in the first period.”

The Saints got on the board first as a Cody Rodrigue shot deflected off of Falmouth goalie Dane Pauls’ blocker at the 2:23 mark of the opening period. Dylan Rodrigue was credited with the assist.

The Saints started the second period with 61 seconds of 5-on-3 power play time and were only able to get one shot off in that period of time.

“We come out and talk about and we made adjustments,” Ouellette stated. “We keep preaching to shoot and shoot – once again we are on the cusp of doing something and somebody seems to forget about the puck.”

Falmouth had a flurry of shots right after they killed the 5-on-3, but Austin Christopher was solid in net for the Saints.

“When it came down to it, Christopher played a great game,” Ouellette said. “He was solid in net and not many second chances that he had to face. The (shots) they did get up close he was up to the task.”

St. Dom’s had their chances to extend the lead in the middle frame as they spent most of the period in Falmouth’s zone, but only managed four shots on Pauls.

The Yachtsmen had a power play early in the third and they capitalized when Brandon Tuttle put the rebound shot into the open cage at the 1:32 mark.

The Yachtsmen were 1-for-2 on the power play and the Saints were 0-for-3.

Alex Parker responded 70 seconds later to give the Saints the 2-1. Dakota Keene set the goal up.

“Anytime you can score in that first minute or two (after a goal), it stops their momentum quickly,” Ouellette added.

Parker was the guy the Saints wanted in that situation.

“He’s tenacious and he keeps fighting away,” Ouellette added. “Pound-for pound, he can go with anybody, he battles.”

Keene would add the empty netter with a minute remaining in the contest.

Pauls made 18 saves and Christopher stopped 16 shots.

Nicholas was pleased with his freshmen goalie.

“He’s phenomenal goaltender,” he said. “He makes saves when we need him.”

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