Old Town-Orono hockey team use power-play goals to beat Presque Isle

ORONO, Maine – Special teams are vital and can decide hockey games and that is what happened on Saturday afternoon at the Class B North School Pageant between Old Town-Orono and Presque Isle.

The Black Bears received power play goals from seniors Connor McCannell and Adam Henderson and killed all three Wildcats power play, including a five-minute major, to beat Presque Isle 2-1 in an entertaining affair at the Alfond Arena.

Old Town-Orono, three-time defending Class B North champion, fell to 2-0 while Presque Isle fell to 1-1.

Both goalies were outstanding as senior Rowen Fremouw finished with 25 saves for the Black Bears while Presque Isle rookie Connor Bell turned back 26 shots.

In a rematch of the 2019-20 B North, won by Old Town-Orono 6-2, the Wildcats wasted no time in taking a 1-0 lead when freshman center Isaac Staples scored the first goal of his career on an Ethan. Carlisle Food.

But McCannell equalized with a wrist shot from the 6:08 point later and Henderson scored the game-winning goal late in the second period on a Dylan Davis assist.

Barely 15 seconds after Staples’ goal, Old Town-Orono front row left winger Perry Collatos was handed a five-minute major and game disqualification for hitting from behind.

But the Black Bears did an exceptional job killing the power play for 3:03, then Presque Isle’s Quinn Demerchant was called in for interference to make it a four-on-four.

“We struggled on our power play and Old Town-Orono have a phenomenal power play. Their power play has killed us in the last five years, ”said Presque Isle coach Carl Flynn.

“We think we’re going to play a lot of close games this season, so we’ve been working hard in training on our special teams,” said Old Town-Orono coach Chris Thurlow.

“Our special teams won it for us,” said McCannell, who showed good balance in the right spot on his goal as he received the puck from Jacob Davis.

“I grabbed him on the boards, walked him to the middle and waited for the screen [to form]. Jacob took the lead and that made for an easy shot from the far post, ”said McCannell.

Jonah Roy’s Presque Isle line between Demerchant and Dawson Kinney generated three glorious chances on a second period lag but was denied by Fremouw on two and an unlucky rebound on the first.

Roy found a Demerchant wide open in front and Demerchant made a shrewd move transferring the puck from his forehand to his backhand and pulling it around Fremouw only to have the puck roll from his stick past the empty net.

Seconds later, Fremouw stifled a point-blank Roy attempt with his left pad, then made a stick save on a shot on Kinney’s reception on a Demerchant pass.

Moments later, Henderson scored his goal from the edge of the crease on a pass behind the net from Dylan Davis.

“I saw Dylan come down low so I started to push myself towards the net to pass their defenseman and try to get right up for a shot. I was only a foot or two off the goal and just tried to get it in, ”said Henderson, who now has three of Old Town-Orono’s six goals this season, including two in advantage. digital.

The Black Bears are 3 for 6 with the man advantage over two games and a perfect 7 for 7 shorthanded.

Dylan Davis collected his second assist of the game.

After two balanced first periods, Old Town-Orono protected the lead extremely effectively in the third period, limiting the Wildcats to just three shots thanks to play from senior defensemen McCannell, Noah Thibodeau, Chase Campbell and Peyton Vose and sophomore Jackson. Lizotte.

“We played really well in the third period,” said Thurlow.

Bell kept his team at one point in the third period with a number of top-notch saves among the eight he finished with during the period.

He also vigilantly pokechecked a pass from Jacob Davis intended for his brother Dylan which would have resulted in a release from Dylan Davis if Bell had not intervened.

Staples opened the scoring thanks to teammates Carlisle and Garrett Letourneau.

The puck passed from Létourneau to Carlise behind the net and he made a quick pass to Staples, who cleared into the slot and made the pass behind Fremouw.

Flynn called it a “measuring stick” game for his Wildcats and was encouraged by his team’s performance.

“For the most part we played and skated with them. We can compete with the top echelon teams, ”said Flynn.

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