2016-12-12 / Sports

Brunswick earns tie

Battles Yarmouth, 2-2 in overtime
Times Record Staff


If anyone deserved to lose Saturday afternoon’s game between the Brunswick High School and Yarmouth boys hockey teams, it certainly wasn’t the goalkeepers.

Riley Kirk and Dan Latham battled for almost an hour at Travis Roy Arena, making big save after big save and eventually sending their teams to overtime.

The Dragons and Jacob Doring, who scored a shorthanded equalizer with just over two minutes left in the game, took the momentum into the final frame, but a few more big saves on both ends kept the score deadlocked and the game ended in a 2-2 deadlock.

“I’m proud of the way we fought back,” Brunswick coach Bill Bodwell said. “We were down, we scored that goal in the last minute and then we fended off that three-minute man down at the end there. So I’m pretty proud.”

“I think that’s really fair,” Doring said of the result. “We all worked really hard, them and us, and it just ended up as a good game.”

Up a skater and holding a 2-1 lead with 2:28 left on the clock, Yarmouth (0-0-1) was controlling the puck in Brunswick’s (0-0-1) half when all the sudden Doring was clean through on a breakaway. He faked to Latham’s left, slid right and poked the puck into the side netting to tie the score.

“We’ve been doing a lot of off-ice training and it’s really been helping,” Doring said. “I just had so much energy right there, just chipped it past him and had it.”

After a five-minute major penalty at the 2:58 mark in overtime, the Dragons were forced to finish the game with four skaters. Yarmouth capitalized and fired multiple open looks on net, but Kirk saved the day. Following a breakaway save in the first two minutes of the frame, the junior made a pair of crucial stops that kept the score level.

One was a wide-open slap shot with 12 seconds left that ended up in his glove and effectively ended the game.

“To their credit, they killed the penalties well. They were aggressive,” Yarmouth coach David St. Pierre said. “They created some opportunities for themselves and they capitalized. Special teams are kind of part of the game that we build on during the year.”

Fewer than two minutes before Doring’s goal in the third period, Kirk made an acrobatic diving save across the face of the net to keep Brunswick alive. He finished with 28 stops on the day.

“He’s a talented goalie and he’s going to be a big difference maker for us this year,” Bodwell said of Kirk. “In our scrimmages he played very well and he will definitely be a good point for us.”

Warming up

The first period was scoreless, but not without action. Latham made a huge save on an open Brunswick shot midway through the period, and then both teams went off the post inside a minute.

Latham, who blocked 19 total shots, robbed the Dragons multiple times in the frame.

“It’s probably two of the better goalies in the league,” St. Pierre said. “I think our guy’s right up there. They both made some big saves when they had to. (Riley) Kirk came up with some big scramble saves when they had to. We had some open looks, but both kids played really well.”

Chris Romano finally broke tie at the 11:32 mark in the second period, when he punched in a loose rebound in front of goal. Then, a mere 37 seconds later, Andrew Eno scored on the other end to make it 1-1.

Brunswick had two powerplay opportunities that crossed over into the opening minute of the second and third periods, but Yarmouth killed both. Kirk also prevented the Clippers from scoring on one power play in the third period before the five-minute major.

Yarmouth senior Owen Ramsay scored the go-ahead goal from the right during a 4- on-4 stint at 6:46 in the third.

“It’s always difficult with the special teams at the high school level to have that clicking in the beginning of the season,” Bodwell said. “Fending off the penalty and the shorthanded goal were both real helpful.”

After being out-shot in the first period, the Clippers pulled away and won the shot-on-goal battle, 30-21.

”That’s a huge test,” Doring said of the game. “It’s a huge momentum gainer for us too. I think we’ve built up enough momentum now that the season might not be too hard.”

Brunswick 2,
Yarmouth 2, OT
Saturday, at Travis Roy Arena
Yarmouth —0110—2
First period — Scoring — none.
Penalty — (B) Michael Deveaux,
interference, 7:23.
Second period — 1. (Y) Chris
Romano (Owen Ramsay, Dom Morrill), 11:32; 2. (B) Andrew Eno (Alex
Labbe), 10:55. Penalty — (Y) Owen
Ramsay, cross-checking, 1:22.
Third period — 3. (Y) Owen Ramsay,
6:46; 4. (B) Jacob Doring, 2:28.
Penalties — (B) Scout Masse, slashing, 8:18; (Y) Bennett Travers, tripping, 7:02; (B) Jack St. Pierre, too
many men, 3:21.
Overtime — Scoring — none. Penalty — (B) Jared Hummer, major
boarding, 2:58.
Shots on goal — Yarmouth — 4-10-
10-6 — 30, Brunswick — 5-6-8-2 —
Saves —(B) Riley Kirk 28, (Y) Dan
Latham 19.
Power play — Brunswick 1-for-3,
Yarmouth 1-for-4.
Records — Brunswick 0-0-1,
Yarmouth 0-0-1.
Up next for the Dragons — Tuesday
at home against Gardiner, 6:30 p.m.

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