Good start lifts Dragons to victory
BRUNSWICK — Slow starts have been a problem for the Brunswick High School girls hockey team over the past couple games.
On Monday at Sidney J. Watson Arena, the Dragons rectified that, scoring three quick goals out of the gate in a 5-3 Eastern hockey victory over Edward Little/Leavitt.
The win gives Brunswick a 9- 2-1 mark, while EL/Leavitt fell to 6-5.
The Dragons, who trailed 2-0 at EL/Leavitt early on Wednesday before rallying for a 4-3 overtime victory, jumped out to a 3-0 lead just 7:16 into the game. Rachel Moroney opened the scoring off a setup from Caroline Wild, and Eliza Brooks scored two goals, with Wild, Annie Kelly and Moroney picking up an assist each.
EL/Leavitt made a run in the second period, as Taylor Landry (assisted by Amanda Grenier) and Sidney Nadeau (Kayla Royer) scored six minutes apart to get the visitors within a goal.
But, Brooks completed her hat trick, with assists going to Kelly and Moroney, less than a minute after Nadeau’s goal, and Gillian Ford (Kelly) gave the Dragons a 5-2 lead midway through the third period.
Landry scored her second goal with 1:06 remaining to complete the scoring.
Brunswick outshot EL/Leavitt 34-30, with goaltender Claire Mendes turning aside 27 shots in the win. Tori Sanford had 29 saves in the loss.
At Auburn, Justin Grant had two goals and an assist as the Mt. Ararat/Lisbon squad won for the second straight game against 2-5 Gray-New Gloucester/ Poland.
Jeremy Williams and Connor Toothaker picked up a goal each for the visitors, while Eric Stuckey, Williams and Ian Pinette earned an assist apiece.
“We outplayed them,” said Mt. Ararat/ Lisbon coach Mike Bishop, whose squad is 3-4 and hosts Massabesic on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at Sidney J. Watson Arena.