Maine Hockey Journal

Red Riots and Rams battle to a draw

Portland, ME – Kennebunk visited South Portland for a Western Maine Class A showdown Saturday afternoon at Portland Ice Arena with the exhilarating game ending in a 2-2 draw.

South Portland held a lead in the first, and again in the second, but couldn’t put away a persistent Kennebunk. Both teams played hard every minute of the game and were utterly exhausted by the end of the 8:00 minute overtime.

South Portland scored the first with a goal from senior defenseman Cole Rowland at 6:56 of the first period.

Zach Griffin won a puck in the corner as Rowland made a heads up play to charge the net, beating the winger that guarded him, catching Griffin’s pass, ripping a shot just inside the near post.

Kennebunk answered with 2:50 left in the period.

South Portland goalie Dominic Desjardins let a rebound out in front of him and Kennebunk co-captain D.J. Robinson picked up the loose puck, made a quick deke to create space from Desjardins, and had an easy shot to tie the game at one apiece.

The second period started 4-on-4 after both teams took a penalty with less than a minute in the first.

Two minutes in South Portland standout defenseman Zach Horton went down with an injury. The ice was cleared after five minutes and both teams went to their locker rooms as Horton was being assessed with what appeared to be a lower leg injury. He was able to get off the ice under his own power with some support.

Play resumed a few minutes later and South Portland retook the lead just after the five minute mark passed. On the power play, the faceoff was won right to Red Riot leading scorer Robert Hannigan, who walked in a few steps and snapped an uncontested shot above Kennebunk goalie Jordan Kadlik’s blocker.

Shortly after South Portland took two penalties within 30 seconds of each other and Kennebunk went on a shooting rampage. South Portland’s penalty kill all season and with Desjardins doing a better job controlling rebounds, the Red Riots managed to stave off the onslaught.

Kennebunk tied the game with 11:22 left in the third period and neither team could get a shot past their opposing goalie for the remainder. Desjardins leaked a rebound and Harrison Hall picked it up, banked it off of Desjardins helmet and it deflected into the net. Regulation ended with a flurry of penalties for both teams and the last minute was played 4-on3 with South Portland having the advantage.

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