January 21, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY: Cony rallies from 2 goals down to tie Brunswick

By Bill Stewart bstewart@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

BRUNSWICK -- The Cony hockey team didn't earn a victory Monday afternoon, but it sure felt like the Rams did.

Austin Davis scored a goal and assisted on another as Cony rallied from two goals down in the third period to grab a 2-2 draw with Brunswick in an Eastern A game at Watson Arena on the Bowdoin College campus.

"It was high intensity," Davis said. "We knew we had to score and we stepped it up."

Davis scored the equalizer with just 2 minutes, 8 seconds left in the third period, which sent the Cony bench into a frenzy. The junior forward came charging down the left side, skated behind the net and tried to throw the puck out front.

"But it went in off the goalie's pads," a smiling Davis said. "It felt pretty good. We needed it."

Cony (6-3-2) squandered a few opportunities in the opening two periods, including a pair of 5-on-3 power-play opportunities.

However, the Rams finally broke through four minutes into the third period when defenseman Chris Murphy roofed the puck past Brunswick goalie Blake Alexander from inside the right faceoff circle.

"That got our momentum going," Cony coach Chad Foye said. "We had opportunities in the first two periods but we just couldn't bury the puck. After we got that first goal, it got us going."

Added Cony junior defenseman Zach Gagne, who was terrific at both ends of the ice: "We started off a little sluggish. We got two goals down but then we started skating."

Cony goalie Tommy Small, a Monmouth Academy freshman, stopped 28 shots for the Rams, including a few big ones in overtime.

"He played great again," Foye said. "He has all season for us."

Brunswick (6-5-1) scored both its goals on the power play. The first came with 10:11 left in the first when sophomore forward Matt Brooks pounced on a rebound and poked the puck past Small. Parker Wild made it 2-0 Brunswick just 2:48 into the second when he blasted a shot from the left circle.

The deficit loomed large for Cony, which was already playing without team captain and leading scorer Dallas Clark, who was called for a game disqualification penalty Saturday against Bangor. A game disqualification penalty triggers an automatic one-game suspension.

"Not having Dallas made a real difference," Foye said. "We had to shuffle the lines up a bit. It was a good tie, particularly because we were behind two goals."

Brunswick coach Mike Routhier, whose team beat Cony 5-0 on Dec. 15, said he was disappointed the Dragons couldn't close out the Rams.

"We played two good periods and then were nonchalant in the third," he said. "Cony worked hard for their chances. But any time you have a lead in your own building, you have to secure it."

Alexander stopped 29 shots and Cam Heatley added an assist for the Dragons.

Bill Stewart -- 621-5640



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