Maine Hockey Journal

Cheverus squeak past Bonny Eagle

Portland, ME – Playing back-to-back games for the first time this season, Cheverus squeaked by Bonny Eagle with a 2-1 win Thursday night at the Portland Ice Arena.

Garret McElrath had a stellar performance in net for the Scots and was a huge reason the game remained close.

“A win’s a win I guess is all I can say,” said Cheverus coach Dan Lucas. “I thought it started out okay, but I think the second period we laid down. It was like two different hockey games.”

Initially, Bonny Eagle could not seem to break out of the zone, and that, coupled with Cheverus’ pesky forechecking, appeared too much for the Scots to handle. Cheverus controlled the puck in the offensive zone for most of the period and Bonny Eagle couldn’t manage to organize.

Cheverus broke the 0-0 tie 7:20 into the game while shorthanded. Nic Lops launched the puck from his own blue line for a clear and followed in pursuit. He won the race to the puck and passed on to Tom Sullivan at the right faceoff circle, who clean look at the net and beat McElrath near side.

Their next goal came on an odd-man opportunity; however, this time they were on the power play.

Fluid cycles and crisp passes left Lops open in the lower left slot. He received a pass from the opposite blue line and, after waiting for the goalie to slide to face the puck, put a precise shot in the upper right corner away from the moving keeper.

Bonny Eagle’s second period was much better than their first.

“The second period was probably the best period of hockey we played all year,” BE coach Mark Whitman said after the game.

Bonny Eagle cut the lead in half with just over 8:00 minutes left in the period. A shot from the point left a jumble of players in and around the crease with Cam Brown being credited with the goal.

The Scots kept their aggressive play going the whole period and nearly tied the game with 30 seconds to go, but the goal was called off because of a high stick.

“You’ve got to give Bonny Eagle credit, they showed up and they really played well and we were lucky we won that hockey game,” reflected Coach Lucas.

The third period Cheverus came out with a bit more enthusiasm and kept Bonny Eagle chances to a minimum. Bonny Eagle played their hearts out and Cheverus had to rely on their first period efforts and it proved to be just enough.

Cheverus hosts Deering on Saturday, looking to extend their three-game win streak while Bonny Eagle faces Noble.

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