Saturday March 10, 2012 | 04:29 PM

The Messalonskee hockey team came up short in its bid to win its first boys hockey state title, losing 6-2 to Greely in the Class B game Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Here are some notes and thoughts from the game.

* Messalonskee skated just 11 players Saturday – two lines, two sets of defensemen and goalie Nate DelGiudice. Greely, by contrast, worked in 18 players on its roster.

Messalonskee coach Mike Latendresse and his counterpart, Barry Mothes of Greely, acknowledged depth played a decisive role in the game.

“Oh it definitely was,” Latendresse said. “I think I knew it was going to be. We made short line change as often as we could. The three lines, as solid as they are, they could go four lines.”

Added Mothes: “Our depth has been a strength of this team all year. I thought our depth played a role in the outcome of the game today. We got all 18 guys in the game today. Certainly, in the third period we had a little more jump; it was a big difference.”

* Greely scored three goals in a 62-second span during the first period, pushing the Eagles into a deep hole.

“To be able to strike as quickly as we did, it wasn't something we anticipated doing,” Mothes said.

Not sure anyone in the Colisee saw that coming.

Latendresse said he almost called a timeout, but with a little more than two minutes left in the period, he decided against it.

The message in the locker room between periods was simple.

“Keep chipping away,” Messalonskee senior defenseman Travis St. Pierre said.

Added senior captain forward Sam Dexter: “We composed ourselves between the first and second periods. (We) came back with a strong period.”

The Eagles did, but it wasn't enough.

* Dexter scored late in the game to give him 48 goals, which is a single-season school record.

However, Greely kept the dangerous forward in check most of the game, forcing him to the outside.

 

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Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine

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