January 18, 2013

Gardiner knocks off rival Winslow


HALLOWELL -- The Winslow boys hockey team has had its way with rival Gardiner in recent years, winning eight of its last 11 meetings heading into the annual showdown Thursday.

The Tigers, however, are re-writing the script to this series.

Hunter Belanger had a goal and two assists to lead Gardiner past Winslow 6-3 in a Class B crossover game at Bank of Maine Ice Vault.

Austin Moore had three assists for Gardiner (2-6-1), which snapped a four-game losing streak.

Gardiner earned a second straight victory over Winslow for the first time since the 2008-09 regular season.

Brody Thompson had a goal and an assist for the Raiders (2-8-0).

Chad Prince, Seth Wing, Alex Nadeau, Dalton Sergent and Logan Peacock also scored for the Tigers, who led 2-0 after the first period before scoring twice in the opening five minutes of the second to put the game out of reach.

Wing made it 3-0 when he pounced on a rebound out in front of Winslow goalie Cam Tibbetts and stuffed the puck into an open net just 1:24 into the period and the Tigers on the power play.

Sargent scored about three minutes later and the Tigers were off and running.

Gardiner had three consecutive power plays late in the first period. Winslow killed the first two, but Gardiner finally capitalized on its third attempt. Belanger took a pass from Josh Moore from inside the lower right circle and beat Tibbetts with a low shot to the near post with 1:39 left in the period.

Peacock, a freshman, made it 2-0 just 49 seconds later when he tipped in a shot from out front.

Alex Berard and Jacob Boudreau also scored for the Raiders.

Bill Stewart -- 621-5640


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