Saturday, March 8, 2014
By DAVE DYER
KENTS HILL — The Cony boys hockey team had given up nine goals and scored none in its previous two games.
BATTLE FOR THE PUCK: MHW’s Wes Boynton, left, and Cony’s Anthony Brunelle fight for the buck against the boards during the Rams’ 7-5 win Wednesday at the Bonnefond Ice Arena at Kents Hill School in Readfield.
Staff photo by Joe Phelan
That all changed on Wednesday night.
Not only did the Rams score, they had an answer each time Maranacook/Hall-Dale/Winthrop scored. Cony came away with a 7-5 win at the Alfond Athletics Center at the Kents Hill School.
“It was good to see us score some goals,” Cony coach Chad Foye said.
After picking up a 5-1 win over Leavitt in the season opener on Dec. 8, the Rams (2-2-0) suffered a 4-0 loss to Lewiston and a 5-0 loss to Brunswick. Senior forwards Dallas Clark and Tyler Leet made sure the same didn’t happen against MHW.
Clark and Leet accounted for five of the Rams’ seven goals. Clark had a hat trick, while Leet added two goals.
“We were in a little bit of a slump, we hadn’t scored in the past two games,” Clark said. “It was good to get a lot of goals and get our confidence back.”
The Hawks (1-2-1), meanwhile, continued to score goals (they have 13 in their last two games). But MHW couldn’t hold off the Rams’ offensive attack.
“The effort was there, but we had a couple of defensive breakdowns and (Cony) capitalized,” MHW coach Andy Dube said. “They were the better team.”
Leet gave Cony a 1-0 lead in the first period when he took a loose puck off a faceoff and fired a wrist shot to the top shelf past MHW goalie Tyler Plante.
In the second period, the game got wild. The Hawks took advantage of a 5-on-3 opportunity when Zach Bessette nailed a slap shot past Cony goalie Tom Small to tie the game at 1-1. However, in the midst of another power play, MHW gave up a short-handed goal to Clark which gave the Rams the 2-1 lead. MHW tied it 32 seconds later when Nick Lacasse slipped a backhanded shot past Small.
Cony responded again, adding two goals (one by Clark and one by Leet) in the final five minutes of the period.
“Every time they scored, we came back and scored again,” Foye said. “We were able to keep that lead pretty steady.”
Clark scored his third goal in the third period as the Rams took a 5-2 lead. MHW captain Dan Condon scored four minutes later, on a backhander past Small, but the Rams responded 28 seconds later on a goal by Connor Perry. Lacasse scored his second of the game a minute later, but 55 seconds after his goal, Davis added a goal of his own to cap the scoring.
Dube said he’d like to see his team play better defensively.
“We’ve had defensive breakdowns all year, and they’ve been capitalizing,” he said.
Dave Dyer — 621-5639