Thursday, April 17, 2014
HALLOWELL — Frustrated and stymied from opening faceoff to final horn Saturday night, the Cony hockey team couldn’t push a puck past Brunswick goalie Blake Alexander at the Bank of Maine Ice Vault.
And when the Dragons awoke offensively with a three-goal outburst in the second period, it was more than enough to secure a 5-0 victory in an early season Eastern A game before about 350 spectators.
“They out-worked us, especially in the second and third periods,” Cony coach Chad Foye said. “We just couldn’t get over the hump. We had our chances, but we couldn’t bury them.”
Five different players scored and Alexander stopped 27 shots to power the Dragons (2-1-0), whose roster is comprised of all underclassmen. Parker Wild, Cam Heatley and Ryan Maciejewski each had a goal and an assist.
Tom Small had 30 saves for Cony (1-2-0).
“This is a big win,” Maciejewski said. “We needed this one.”
Added Brunswick coach Mike Routhier: “We put out some fires in the first period and then we got our skating legs in the second.”
The teams were scoreless after the first period, but Brunswick erupted for three goals in about a four-minute span late in the second period to take command.
Tyler Sullivan scored what would be the only goal Alexander would need with 6 minutes, 39 seconds left in the second period. The sophomore forward took a drop pass from Jacob McGowan at the top of the left circle and ripped the puck through a crowd past Small.
Brunswick made it 2-0 when Wild beat Small with a high shot to the near post with 3:56 left in the second. Matt Brooks scored a little more than a minute later to extend the lead.
“We got it going a little bit, which was nice to see,” Routhier said.
Alexander had no trouble protecting the lead, coming up with one big save after another.
“I felt good (Saturday),” he said. “I was feeling good all throughout the day. Hopefully, we can keep this up.”
Maciejewski and Heatley scored third-period goals, the former on a nice two-on-one rush with Dwayne Palmer with 5:12 left.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Foye said.