Jan. 23—Moments after scoring each Brunswick objectives in a 2-1 extra time victory over Thornton Academy at Biddeford Ice Area on Saturday night time, AJ Wolverton stood exterior the locker room clutching the Silky Sombrero, his prize for being the Dragons’ Participant of the Sport.
Groups in any respect ranges have some type of light-hearted award they current to a participant after every win. For the Dragons, it is the Silky Sombrero, an award the captains got here up with. At 9-0-1, the defending Class B state champions have awarded that hat fairly a couple of instances.
“The one that acquired it final sport offers it to the man who acquired it for this sport,” mentioned Wolverton, who leads the Dragons with 13 objectives and 11 assists. “Going into the sport, we knew we’re a superb crew however this was going to be an actual take a look at. I believe this proved we will do something we set our thoughts to. We will accomplish it.”
Getting into Saturday’s sport, Thornton was No. 1 within the newest Varsity Maine boys’ hockey ballot, whereas Brunswick was No. 2. To the Dragons, the win over a Class An influence just like the Trojans bolstered their confidence.
“I believe it begins with the very fact we will roll three traces on the market and our three traces, we predict can skate with anyone within the state,” mentioned Mike Misner, Brunswick’s coach. “You go down 1-0, the boys keep it up. We knew it was going to be a tricky sport, and also you keep the course figuring out you can skate with these guys once you get to the third interval. We get to extra time, we all know we’ve got the legs and we really feel comfy with that so we simply preserve grinding away.”
In senior Luke Patterson, the Dragons have arguably the highest goalie within the state. Patterson made 37 saves in Saturday’s win, and now has a .934 save share and 1.69 objectives towards common. The one aim Patterson allowed to Thornton got here on a rebound off a shot he was unable to cowl up.
“Luke has been enormous for us all season. It is a sport of inches. If he would’ve had one other inch and been in a position to cowl that puck, it is a completely different rating. Luke’s been superior,” Misner mentioned.
Misner harassed the schedule stays robust for his crew. Tuesday there is a rivalry sport towards Class A Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse/Hyde. The Dragons face Cape Elizabeth (8-2) — which they beat 4-1 on Jan. 7 — on Thursday, and have a rematch towards Cheverus/Yarmouth (5-2-1) — a crew Brunswick tied 3-3 final month — on Feb. 1.
“With (Mt. Ararat), it does not matter their report, our report. It is a rivalry. It is all the time going to be a fairly high-intensity sport. Cape gave TA a run after they performed them, and Cheverus/Yarmouth beat (Class A) Scarborough, so it is nice competitors and we’re wanting ahead to it,” Misner mentioned.
THE CHEVERUS GIRLS’ co-op crew is taking part in by means of accidents to a pair of key gamers. Junior defender Lily Johnson is out with an ankle damage, however ought to be again quickly, Coach Scott Rousseau mentioned. Junior goalie Ella Lemieux, a Varsity Maine All-State choice final season, is prone to miss the remainder of the common season with an higher leg damage, and is questionable for the playoffs, Rousseau mentioned.
In Lemieux’s place, freshman Ellie Skolnekovich has been in web for Cheverus/Kennebunk/Windham. In seven video games, Skolnekovich has a .952 save share and 0.53 objectives towards common, and the crew is 13-1 and in first place within the South Heal level standings.
“The subsequent participant has to step up. No person goes to really feel sorry for us,” Rousseau mentioned. “Ellie might play varsity hockey for lots of groups this yr. She’s completely succesful. She does not have the expertise Ella has, however she’s a superb goalie.”
Lemieux was injured in Cheverus’ 5-3 loss to Penobscot on Jan. 12. Three of Cheverus’ 4 remaining common season opponents — the Mt. Ararat co-op crew (8-5), Yarmouth/Freeport (11-1-1), and Penobscot (9-3-1) — have profitable information. Rousseau referred to as the loss to Penobscot an opportunity for the crew to learn to cope with adversity.
“At this level in my profession, that you must have long-term perspective on the season. Having to battle a bit is nice. It is wholesome,” Rousseau mentioned.
SINCE OPENING THE season with two losses and a tie, the Cheverus/Yarmouth boys’ hockey crew has gained 5 straight video games. At 5-2-1, the crew is now in second place within the Class B South Heal level standings, behind Brunswick.
“Early within the season, we had some issues to iron out,” mentioned Coach David St. Pierre. “It wasn’t something obvious, simply recommitting to the small issues.”
St. Pierre mentioned the crew’s depth is beginning to emerge. Eleven gamers have scored no less than one aim, with David Swift main the crew in scoring with 4 objectives and 7 assists. Ben Moll leads Cheverus/Yarmouth with 5 objectives.
Senior goalie Neal McQuarrie has been sharp, permitting simply seven objectives over the five-game win streak, with a .938 save share over the streak.
“(McQuarrie) was feeling like he wanted to enhance his sport. To his credit score, he labored his tail off in apply,” St. Pierre mentioned.
WITH FOUR OF its 5 remaining video games towards groups with a profitable report, the Yarmouth/Freeport (11-1-1) women shall be examined as they attempt to maintain on to the North area’s prime seed within the playoffs.
Yarmouth/Freeport has video games remaining towards the Winslow/Gardiner co-op (7-4), Cheverus co-op (13-1), Mt. Ararat co-op (8-5), and Lewiston (9-5). The video games towards Cheverus and Mt. Ararat, together with one towards Portland/Deering, shall be performed on the crew’s house ice at Travis Roy Area.
“Final yr we practiced so much at Falmouth (Household Ice Middle). This yr we have practiced at (Roy) much more. It actually seems like house now,” mentioned Yarmouth/Freeport Coach David Intraversato.
An damage to defenseman Adelaide Strout meant Intraversato needed to shuffle Sophie White from wing to the blue line.
“Sophie’s performed protection her complete life. We now have a pile of defensemen on the crew and never as many forwards, so she was taking part in wing. It wasn’t a giant transition for her,” Intraversato mentioned.