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Re: State Tournament Thread...

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:50 am

3/1 results:

Cheverus 5, South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete 2
Portland/Deering 6, Massabesic/Bonny Eagle/Old Orchard Beach 5

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Rally for the ages sends Portland/Deering to semifinals

PORTLAND—An evening years in the making produced a game that no one who witnessed it will ever forget.

Wednesday evening at Troubh Ice Arena, the Portland/Deering boys’ hockey team hosted a playoff game for the first time since 2009 and was the home team for a quarterfinal for the first time in a decade and was it ever worth the wait.

Portland/Deering, the No. 4 seed in Class A South, knew it was going to have its hands full against No. 5 Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach/Bonny Eagle, a team known as the “MOB,” because it lost and tied the two regular season meetings, and sure enough, it took every single second to determine a winner in a thrilling, back-and-forth affair.

http://www.theforecaster.net/rally-for- ... emifinals/

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Hockey Bulldogs advance
(Portland) The Portland/Deering Boys Hockey team came back to stun Massabesic/OOB/Bonny Eagle 6-5 advancing to the Class A South Regional Finals!
http://wgme.com/sports/content/boys-hs- ... gs-advance

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Portland/Deering advances on last-second goal
Dom Tocci scores with one second left in regulation as Portland/Deering tops Massabesic/Bonny Eagle/Old Rochard Beacin the the Class A South quarterfinals.

... Portland advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2003, when the team was solely made up of Portland players, not combined with Deering.

“There was a faceoff in our zone. I was honestly just trying to push the (opposing faceoff) guy forward and have Mason (Martell) come through (for a shot),” said Dominic Tocci.

“The puck trickled out and my brother (Donnie) caught it. (His shot) was blocked and it came right to me. I just threw it (on net) and hoped for the best.”

A penalty on Dom Tocci – who missed part of an 8-6 loss and 3-3 tie to the Mustangs (11-6-2) during the season after a major penalty and ensuing suspension – allowed the Mustangs to take a late lead.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/01/b ... cond-goal/
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Re: State Tournament Thread...

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:31 am

Cheverus advances past SoPo Co-op

(Portland) The Cheverus Boys Hockey team sailed past South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport team 5-2 advancing to the Class A South Regional Semifinals.

- http://wgme.com/sports/content/boys-hs- ... gs-advance

- http://www.wmtw.com/article/cheverus-ad ... op/9081422

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Cheverus advances with 5-2 win
Ryan McSorley’s two goals early in the second period help No. 2 Cheverus get past No. 7 South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete.

... “The leader shows up when he has to,” said Cheverus coach Dan Lucas. “McSorley came out in the second period and set the tone for us, and that’s what a leader does.”

McSorley, the team captain, snapped a 1-1 tie when he scored 14 seconds into the period. He got a backhander past goalie Joe Grant after weaving his way through the defense down the right side. “I had the goalie going one way and I just put it up high the other way,” McSorley said.

A little more than two minutes later, Mike Hatch’s shot from the left circle went in off McSorley’s body for a power-play goal to make it 3-1.

“(Hatch) had the puck at the point, and I knew he has a great shot and always gets it through, so I just got in front of the net and tried to screen the goalie,” McSorley said. “I got lucky. (The puck) went off me and right into the net.”

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Re: State Tournament Thread...

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:04 am

Waterville’s Michael Bolduc does the little things for Purple Panthers
Senior wing brings added element to dominant top line.


... But make no mistake about it: senior right wing Michael Bolduc is as important a component for the Purple Panthers as anybody who will suit up in purple and black for No. 1 Waterville when it opens its playoff run against No. 4 Hampden Academy in the Class B North semifinals Saturday night at Colby College’s Alfond Rink. Puck drop is slated for 8 p.m.

On a top line that features the state’s only 40-goal scorer in Justin Wentworth (42) and the state’s leading point producer in Jackson Aldrich (70), Bolduc stands out in his own right.

“He’s our ‘Steady Eddie,'” Waterville head coach Dennis Martin said. “Michael brings a lot to the table with his positive attitude and everything that he does. He’s the true (epitome) of being a team player. He does whatever needs to be done. He knows what his job is, and he does everything he’s asked with the right attitude.”

http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/03/02/ ... -panthers/
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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:10 am

For Gardiner hockey team, it’s defense first
Top-seeded Tigers rely on success in their own zone as playoffs begin.

... “We need to be physical, we need to have good breakouts, we need to backcheck and have good defensive coverage in our own zone,” said Gardiner head coach Sam Moore, whose top-seeded Tigers meet No. 4 Greely in the B South semifinals at 8 Friday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. “If we go out and play our game, I really think that things should work out well.”

Russell and Berthiaume, beyond standout goaltender Michael Poirier, have been big reasons for the Gardiner resurgence. The Tigers are built from the back out, with the team’s top two defensemen playing on opposite pairings. Russell plays with fellow senior Alex Porter, while Berthiaume is often matched up with junior Connor Manter.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:12 am

Battle of goaltenders, special teams when Bangor and Cony meet
Class A North semifinals to feature 2 of region's best netminders.


HALLOWELL — Derek Fournier gets the bulk of the headlines at Bangor High School, and deservedly so.

The senior goaltender was selected last summer in the 13th round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft by the Saint John Sea Dogs, and the Maine Moose netminder has been the backbone of a Bangor team that went 11-7-0 this season and grabbed the No. 2 seed in the Class A North playoffs. He posted a 1.88 goals against average and a .918 save percentage for a team that won four straight to close out the regular season.

But not far behind has been Cony/Hall-Dale/Monmouth junior Dalton Bowie. Bowie went 13-4-0 and posted a similar goals against average (1.83) and save percentage (.915) to Fournier.

http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/03/02/ ... cony-meet/
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Re: State Tournament Thread...

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:24 am

Semifinals 3/3


Greely 5, Gardiner 2
York 8, Yarmouth 1

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- http://www.wmtw.com/article/hockey-roun ... es/9091455
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Re: State Tournament Thread...

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:25 am

York downs Yarmouth

(Lewiston) The York Boys Hockey team is headed to the Class B South Finals Wednesday night to battle the Greely Rangers. The Wildcats beat Yarmouth Friday night 8-1 in the semifinals.

http://wgme.com/sports/content/boys-hs- ... s-yarmouth

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Yarmouth's reign ended by York in semifinals

LEWISTON—The York Wildcats are as good as advertised and as a result, the defending regional champion Yarmouth Clippers are going home.

Friday evening in a Class B South boys’ hockey semifinal at the Colisee, York dominated from the drop of the puck right through the final whistle in a dazzling display of dominance that should have the remaining teams in the playoff field quaking in their skates.

The Wildcats produced 21 first period shots and got goals from sophomore Andrew Bertolini and junior captain Jacob Martin, but 19 saves from Clippers junior goalie Dan Latham kept his team within hailing distance.

http://www.theforecaster.net/yarmouths- ... emifinals/

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York rolls into Class B South final
The Wildcats cruise to an 8-1 victory over Yarmouth.

... “Considering their success last year, we knew we had to give it our all,” York’s Jake Martin said. “This is new to all of us.”

York outshot Yarmouth 49-20. Martin, Andrew Bertolini and Jake Nelson each scored twice, and Dalton McCann and Julius Lundgren contributed a goal apiece.

“When you see guys giving up the puck and moving it – they’re not playing for themselves,” Powers said. “It’s harder to cover.”

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/03/b ... -yarmouth/

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Class B South: York manhandles Yarmouth to clinch a berth in the regional final

...Andrew Bertolini, Jacob Nelson and Jacob Martin each had two goals to pace York.

"We have been working hard throughout the month of February and sticking with our motto of getting 15 shots per period," York coach James Powers said. "Once we got out in front and everything, the guys skated real hard. They kept skating real hard in the offensive end. The forecheck, I think, really worked out."

After putting nine shots on Yarmouth keeper Dan Latham in the first seven minutes, the 10th finally found the back of the net for the Wildcats. Bertolini's shot from the high slot hit off Latham and trickled cross the line at the 7:15 mark. Dalton McCann picked up the only assist on the opening marker.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... al/2087537

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No. 2 York surges into Class B South title game

... "We've been working hard all throughout the month of February," York second-year head coach Jim Powers outside a jubilant York locker room. "Once we got out in front, the guys kept skating real hard in the offensive end. I think our forecheck really wore them down and we have strong skaters. It was a very satisfying night."

Junior captain Jake Martin and sophomores Andrew Bertolini and Jake Nelson all scored two goals for York, while Dustin McCann and Julius Lundgren each scored one. Spencer Pickett and Tommy Carr each had two assists for the Wildcats.

"This win means a lot to us, considering this is the first time any of us played here," said Martin, who tallied a goal in the first and third periods. "It's a wonderful experience to do this with all these kids. We have a lot of skilled players and we can run three full lines and keep our energy up; and having that many people who can put the puck in the net is a great asset for our team."

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Re: State Tournament Thread...

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:27 am

Greely KO's Gardiner

(Lewiston) The 4th seeded Greely Rangers have advanced to the Class B South Finals after a convincing 5-2 win over Gardiner Friday night.

http://wgme.com/sports/content/boys-hs- ... s-gardiner

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Greely's up to the challenge; Rangers upset Gardiner, advance to regional final

LEWISTON—An unheralded team that was once 3-5 and almost completely devoid of playoff experience wasn’t expected to do much this postseason, but the Greely Rangers have awakened the echoes and find themselves one win from playing for an improbable state championship.

Friday evening at the Colisee, the fourth-ranked Rangers took on top-seeded Gardiner in a Class B South boys’ hockey semifinal and put on a pretty impressive show as their late-season surge shows no signs of relenting.

Greely went on top for good just over four minutes in, as freshman Jake MacDonald scored on a rebound. The Rangers weren’t able to add to the lead, but they got 11 saves from senior goalie Josh Lawless to stay on top heading into the first intermission.

http://www.theforecaster.net/greelys-up ... nal-final/

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Greely topples top-seeded Gardiner
The Rangers advance to the Class B South final with a 5-2 victory.

...“Their forecheck was strong,” Gardiner Coach Sam Moore said. “They’re quick and they move the puck well. Our passes weren’t as sharp as they needed to be coming out of our zone. Our forwards weren’t moving their feet.

“You know, we’ve not been playing for the past two weeks, and our rust kind of showed in the first period.”

Greely Coach Barry Mothes said the development of his team’s forecheck was the main reason for the Rangers’ late-season surge.

“There’s nothing too magical about it,” he said, “I think the key behind it is just the effort, using our foot speed to pressure the puck hard and get on people and sort of force them to make multiple plays.”

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/03/b ... -gardiner/

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Class B South: Rangers momentum keep building as they reach the regionl finals

...The fourth-seeded Rangers ran their streak to 11-of-12 with a 5-2 victory over Gardiner at the Androscoggin bank Colisee and they will face the York in the regional final next week. The Wildcats are last team to defeat Greely, a 6-2 victory on Feb. 15.

"The way we put together three solid periods tonight was fabulous," Greely coach Barry Mothes said. "We couldn't ask for a more composed, mature effort and we did a lot of hard work to get the goals to get the lead. What made me think just as proud and pleased is the way they played in that third period. We didn't want to go into a shell but we knew they may come hard. We knew they may have some guys sit on the(defensive) zone to jump on pucks. We wanted to make sure we played our best period of the year."

Greely jumped out to a 1-0 lead after 15 minutes as Jackson Williams found Jake MacDonald just past the four minute mark of the opening frame.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ls/2087539
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Re: State Tournament Thread...

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:42 am

3/4 Semifinals
A North Semifinal: #3-Cony/Hall-Dale/Monmouth vs. #2-Bangor, noon
A North Semifinal: #4-St. Dominic vs. #1-Lewiston, 2 p.m.
A South Semifinal: #3-Scarborough vs. #2-Cheverus, 8 p.m.
A South Semifinal: #4-Portland/Deering vs. #1-Falmouth, 6 p.m.
B North Semifinal: #2-Old Town/Orono vs. #3-Brewer, 5 p.m.
B North Semifinal: #4-Hampden vs. #1-Waterville, 8 p.m.



BDN preview: semifinals on tap Saturday

Two goalies with goals-against averages under 2.00 will square off in the Class A North high school hockey semifinals at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday at noon.

Bangor High School senior all-conference netminder Derek Fournier, possessor of a 1.86 goals-against average to go with a .918 save percentage, will square off against Cony High of Augusta/Hall-Dale/Monmouth junior Dalton Bowie, who has a 1.83 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

Second seed Bangor, which earned a first-round bye, is 11-7 while Cony/Hall-Dale/Monmouth, an 8-4 quarterfinal winner over Edward Little of Auburn on Tuesday, is 15-5.

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/03/03/s ... -saturday/
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