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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:06 am

York and Waterville ready to battle for the Class B boys' hockey championship

... "The advantages for both teams, neither team has seen each other," Waterville coach Dennis Martin said. "Basically you are going to key in on more of what you do and not worry so much what your opponent does. I am sure there's going to be a lot of adjustments during the game."

"Obviously, I don't see a lot of their games, just because of the location," York coach Jim Powers said. "We drive far enough to get here (the Colisee). I know they have a good squad, from what I have read about. Again, its two teams playing for the same thing, and they both earned the right to get here. Let's see how it plays out. I don't think these guys are afraid of anybody."

York is making its first state championship appearance since 2011 when it defeated Brewer 4-3 in overtime.

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Lewiston, Falmouth look to settle score in Class A state final

... "I just know we went into playing those games against Lewiston the same way we go into playing every single game we have this season," Barton said. "My players seem to play very high-emotion hockey against them, and I think that adds a big component to it. I think that we love to play Lewiston, we love to beat Lewiston."

Not only were the Yachtsmen the only team to beat Lewiston, but they were also the only team to give the Blue Devils a one-goal game.

"We learned that we're going to have to compete," Belleau said. "We learned that Falmouth is a really good hockey team. We learned that Falmouth has some weapons, and that if we don't execute our game plan, and we don't maintain our focus, they can make things difficult for us. We expect that. We expect nothing less."

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:08 am

Special teams will star for Lewiston, Falmouth in Class A state final

... No, the on-ice officials won't determine who wins or loses, but how Lewiston and Falmouth deal with those man-advantage situations created by penalties will play a part in crowning a champion.

"I think specialty teams in a lot of cases win or lose championships," Falmouth coach Deron Barton said. "In a game like this, single-elimination game, you don't have a second chance. So the efficiencies of your specialty teams, both penalty kill and power play, need to be nearly perfect."

Power plays and penalty kills were prevalent during the teams' two regular-season meetings, of which they split with a pair of one-goal games. Those matchups featured 35 minors and a five-minute major, as well as a combined seven special-teams situation goals — which accounts for half of the goals scored between the two games.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:22 am

York boys hockey eyes final challenger: 19-1 Waterville

...Sophomore Andrew Bertolini, whose overtime goal lifted the Wildcats to victory on Wednesday, had nine goals and five assists in the regular season; he has three goals in York's first two playoff wins.

"We're going to have to work really hard (against Waterville) and battle the hardest we've done all season," Bertolini said.

Waterville had six different goal scorers in Tuesday's championship game, with Justin Wentworth netting the game-winner 3:22 into overtime.

For Wentworth, it was his team-high 44th goal of the season. Also scoring for Waterville was Jackson Aldrich, freshman Zaharias Menoudarakos, Cooper Hart, Andrew Roderigue and Chase Wheeler.

Aldrich had 29 goals and 41 assists in the regular season, while Roderigue had 18 goals and 33 assists.

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

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 11, 2017


Lewiston 6, Falmouth 2
Waterville 7, York 4

TV Highlights
Lewiston and Waterville win hockey state titles
- http://www.wmtw.com/article/lewiston-an ... es/9122489
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:04 am

Waterville repeats as Class B Hockey champions

- http://www.foxbangor.com/sports/item/19 ... -champions

- http://www.wcsh6.com/sports/high-school ... /421767188

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In tight spot, Waterville hockey team’s senior poise shone through
Experience in adverse situations pays off in Purple Panthers' title victory.

... “I knew, anytime some type of adversity happened, they’d bounce right back,” Waterville coach Dennis Martin said. “The determination and the will, we knew that they were going to come back and fight harder.”

It’s called poise, and it’s easy to see where Waterville gets its ocean of it. Nine seniors form the core of the Purple Panthers roster. They’re the team’s best defenders, best forwards and only goalie. They’re the ones behind nearly every big play Waterville makes and every big play it prevents, the ones who put the Panthers ahead and the ones who lead them back.

“It’s just incredible. The leadership that we have with the guys, with everything that’s going on, whatever it is, they just leave everything out there,” Martin said. “They’re going to bring everything they can. Any type of adversity, they work harder.

http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/03/11/ ... e-through/

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Waterville tops York to win Class B title
Justin Wentworth and Jackson Aldrich each score three times in the Panthers' win.

... After York goalie Keenan Gamache (24 saves) was brilliant in the opening period while the Wildcats tried to find their legs, Waterville stormed out following the intermission. Wentworth centered from behind the net to an unchecked Michael Bolduc in the slot, and Bolduc swept his shot inside the right post along the ice for a 2-1 lead just 15 seconds in.

Waterville won the ensuing faceoff, charged up the ice and, in eerily similar fashion, Aldrich spotted Wentworth for a bang-bang goal only 18 seconds later.

“Once we got to this point (playing for the state championship), we knew we just had to cap it off,” said Wentworth, who finished with 47 goals this season. “Once one of us has the puck, if someone swarms to us, it leaves someone open. It gives us a lane.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:16 am

Lewiston dashes Falmouth's dream, repeats as state champ

LEWISTON—Last winter, Lewiston’s boys’ hockey team returned to the pinnacle.

Saturday evening, the Blue Devils restored their dynasty.

With an absolutely overwhelming 45-minute display of dominance.

Facing Falmouth in a highly-anticipated Class A state final, Lewiston quickly assumed control and behind a vocal, partisan crowd in the packed-to-the-gills Colisee, The Blue Devils quickly served notice that they would be winning consecutive championships for the first time in 24 years.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:39 am

Lewiston captures second straight Class A hockey title

... “Your youth shows,” Falmouth coach Deron Barton said. “They’re just a powerhouse team, they’re well-coached, they have incredible talent. When you come up against that, you almost have to be perfect. Maturity shows itself, and they capitalized and made us pay for our mistakes.”

The Yachtsmen went more than 11 minutes without putting a shot on goal in the second while the Blue Devils were putting three pucks in. After Lewiston senior goalie Jacob Strout stopped a Reece Armitage point shot and a Brendan Hickey rebound during a Falmouth power play 30 seconds in, it wasn’t until Theo Hembre flipped a shot at Strout with 3:15 left in the period until the Yachtsmen broke up the dry spell.

“They played a great defensive game,” Barton said. “We didn’t pressure them the way that we had in the past, and the longer that went on the tougher it got for us to get any shots on net.”

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Lewiston rolls to Class A title
The Blue Devils score six goals in 20 minutes to beat Falmouth.

,,, Rancourt had a goal and two assists as Lewiston scored six straight goals in the second and third periods before Falmouth answered with two late goals.

The state title was the 22nd for the Blue Devils (20-1), whose only loss this season was to Falmouth (16-4-1).

“This game boiled down to making smart decisions with the puck, utilizing our strengths and keeping our composure,” Lewiston Coach Jamie Belleau said. “We know that they like to play a physical game.”

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:52 am

Waterville Repeats as State Class B Hockey Champions
- http://wabi.tv/2017/03/13/waterville-re ... champions/
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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:03 am

Waterville hockey carried by dynamic duo
Jackson Aldrich, Justin Wentworth produce big seasons, big moments for Class B champions.

,,, That opening shift of the middle stanza was merely a microcosm of an entire Waterville season, the ready-made YouTube clip to sum up Saturday’s 7-4 state championship win over York.

To wit: As a team, Waterville scored seven goals and registered 13 points for the game. Six of those goals — and 10 of those points — all came off the sticks of Aldrich and Wentworth.

For two seniors who amassed more than 100 points over their final two championship-winning seasons, this was not a surprise. And it shouldn’t have been any more surprising to see the pair score three goals over the final 3:34 of the third period to turn what had been a 4-4 tie into a runaway victory.

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