LEWISTON – If you fail, try, try again. For Orono/Old Town’s Ben Allan-Rahill he did that.
He was stopped by Karsten Bourgoine on his initial shot, but gathered the rebound and shot the puck into the half open net to give Old Town/Orono the Maine Class B state championship 3:04 into the first overtime with a 3-2 victory over South sectional champion Greely.
Jacob Dubay and Nate Young were credited with the assist on the goal.
“It’s a dream come true, I can’t even breathe right now because my mouth is so dry,” Allan-Rahill said. “It’s so incredible, I can’t thank my captain Jake Dubay enough for that goal, he gave it to me and it’s a dream come true.”
Being down for most of the game the Black Bears stuck with their game plan.
“We had a plan of one period at a time,” Old Town/Orono coach Denis Collins said. “When we came back in we tied the second period, we lost the first, lets win the third. I said if we can score a goal after a team (had) a lead, the momentum is ours.”
The Rangers (17-3-1) jumped on the board first with two goals in a 29 second span. Jake MacDonald gave Greely a 1-0 4:38 into the game with Matt Dubbart and Jackson Williamson setting the tally up.
Andy Moore stretched the lead to 2-0 with Quin Mollory and Matt Kramlich setting the goal up at the 5:07 mark.
“I thought we had the start we wanted, we had the momentum,” Greely coach Barry Mothes said. “It’s hockey, but I thought a couple of those first calls in the game were a little tough…We were killing some penalties at the end of the period and they got some momentum.”
Old Town/Orono (20-1) had a 5-on-3 at the end of the period and an extended 5-on-4 power play as Moore went off for five minutes for boarding. The Rangers were able to kill the penalty off as the five minute major extended into the second period.
The Black Bears had their fourth man advantage just before the six minute mark of the second period and once again Greely was able to kill it
Greely went on their only power play of the game with 5:35 remaining in the middle frame and just like their counterpart, they couldn’t muster much offense on the power play.
“We really only had the one power play opportunity, unfortunately that was one of our less dynamic power plays of the year,” Mothes said. “I thought we weren’t really organized or poised with the puck that we should have been.”
It was the Rangers lone power play of the game while the Black Bears were 0-for-4.
McCannell struck again, this time off an offensive zone faceoff. Nate Young won the draw to McCannell on the right wing. McCannell wasted no time firing it past Bourgoine at the 5:32 mark of the third period.
The goal came after a couple false faceoffs. McCannell and company kept their composure as fans and coaches were getting frustrated.
“Well we just kept in it, kept our focus and we all knew what we wanted to do,” McCanell said.
Young who won the draw did what Collins said to the team at the beginning of the year.
“At the beginning of the year I said you have to be ready,” Collins said. “Everyone has to be ready if you aren’t on the first or second line, you will have to be ready. Mr. Nate Young did a fantastic job for one of our better players who was out, Sam Henderson. Like I said Nate Young stepped in, that’s gift of being deep.”
Kohle Parker made 28 saves in the win while Bourgoine stopped 34 shots.