Maine Class A, Class B First Round Highlights: Leland’s Four Goals Drive Hampden Academy In Class B North

Nathan Fournier
Nathan Fournier
Nathan has been covering college, junior, and high school hockey for the last six years for numerous publications. You can follow him on Twitter @jrhockeywriter.

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Class A

No. 5 Thornton Academy 8, No. 13 Marshwood/Traip/Sanford/Noble 1

Sawyer Wirsing, Eli Pendergrass and Alex St. John each scored twice to pace the Golden Trojans past the Nighthawks. Scoring one goal apiece were Liam Nash and Spencer Bergeron. The Nighthawks’ Chase Stanley prevented the shutout.

Thornton will now face the No. 4 seed South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete Friday in the quarterfinals.

No. 6 Portland/Deering 3, No. 11 Lake Region/Fryeburg/Oxford Hills 1

The Bulldogs earned a date with Scarborough Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 victory in a prelim game. Liam Fay-LeBlanc gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the first minutes of the game with Mikias Silva setting up the goal. The teams traded shorthanded goals in the second period as Nick Becker scored an unassisted effort for the Bulldogs while Wyatt Knightly responded for the IceCats with Cam Lepage notching the helper. Nick McGonagle scored in the third to cap the scoring for the Bulldogs. Ryan Becker made 20 saves to push the Bulldogs into the quarterfinals. Dominic Zimmel made 23 saves for the IceCats.

Logan Alexander
Edward Little

No. 7 Edward Little 4, No. 10 Biddeford/Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach 0

With the score 1-0 entering the third period Jack Keefe scored twice for the Red Eddies for the victory over last season’s state runner-up. Logan Alexander made it 2-0 as he finished off a feed from Campbell Cassidy. Keefe capped the scoring with back-to-back goals with Cam Sturgis assisting on both while Reed Chapman had the primary assist on the first.  Sturgis made it 1-0 Red Eddies in the first period with Gunnar Winslow picking up the assist. Gage Ducharme made six saves for the shutout while Gavin Sperlich made 24 saves in the losing effort.

Edward Little will play the No. 2 seed St. Dominic Academy Friday night.

Class B North


Cooper Leland
Hampden Academy

No. 1 Hampden Academy 8, No. 8 Waterville/Winslow 4

Cooper Leland scored four times and added two helpers as the Broncos defeated the RiverHawks. Leland and Mike Delahanty scored in the first period as the Broncos jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Cody Ivey kept the Riverhawks in the game after the first 15 minutes. Nate Newgard scored early in the second period to tie the game for Waterville/Winslow. The Broncos took a 4-2 lead after the second period as Owen Cross and Leland potted goals. Leland scored twice while Noah Dancoes scored in the third period for Hampden. Zach Menoudarakos and Newgard scored for the RiverHawks in the final frame

The Broncos face No. 4 Presque Isle, which defeated Gardiner 4-3 in the quarterfinals, Friday night,

Tyler McCannell
Old Town/Orono

No. 2 Orono/Old Town 3, No. 7 Brewer 0

Aidan Rand was stellar in goal for the Black Bears as he made 28 saves for the shutout win over the Witches. Eighteen of those saves came in the first period. Tyler McCannell scored in the first period while Tanner Evans picked up the assist. Jackson Campbell scored late in the second period and Evans connected in the third period. Tyler St. Lawrence also made 28 saves for the Witches.

The Black Bears face Messalonskee Friday night.

No. 4 Presque Isle 4, No. 5 Gardiner 3

Down 3-1 in the third period, the Wildcats scored three straight to defeat the Tigers 4-3. Cameron Levasseur cut the deficit to 3-2 with Connor Demerchant setting up his second goal of the afternoon as he assisted on Colby Carlisle goal in the first period to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Jonah Roy tied the game with Quinn Demerchant recording the lone assist. Gage Letourneau notched the game-winner just before the eight-minute nark with Colby Bonville and Noah Roy setting the goal up. The Tigers jumped out to a 3-1 lead as Ryan Kimball scored midway through the second period to tie the game at one and made it 2-1 early into the third. Jake Weston who set up the second goal gave Gardiner a 3-1 lead with Kimball and Jon Flynn setting the marker up. Flynn had an assist on Kimball’s second goal. Brandon Poitras stopped 28 shots for Presque Isle and Quinn Vergegge made 27 saves in the loss.

No. 6 Messalonskee 6, No. 3 Camden Hills 1

The Eagles power play was clicking as it went 4-for-6 to scuttle the Windjammers. Bryce Crowell had a hat trick while Ben Hellen had a pair of goals in the victory. Dylan Cunningham scored and added three assists in the contest. Levi Guy scored for the Windjammers early in the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Class B South


Jackson Wilson

No. 2 Cheverus 7, No. 7 York 1

Wyatt Header scored two goals, one in the first period and one in the second while Jack Chaput scored one in the second and another in the third period to steer the Stags. Brady Cormier also scored in the first period and had an assist. Jackson Wilson, who had an assist on Chaput’s goal in the second, scored in the third period along with Jackson Header, who capped the scoring with 14 seconds remaining in the contest. Joseph Neal scored in the third period for the Wildcats with Bryce Gamache setting up the goal.

The Stags will take on Cape Elizabeth Saturday night in the regional semifinals.

No. 6 Cape Elizabeth 5, No. 3 Yarmouth 0

A three-goal outburst in the second period lifted the Capers past the Clippers. Andrew Carroll gave the Capers a 2-0 lead while Matthew Laughlin scored twice to build a 4-0 lead after 30 minutes. Gavin Simopoulos, who had an assist on Laughlin’s first goal, scored in the third period with Laughlin and Connor Gross picking up the assists. Jordan Moon had an assist on Laughlin’s second goal. Sebastian Moon scored in the first period with Dmitri and Philip Coupe picking up the assists. William Depke made 19 saves for the shutout while Charles Henry Watson made 27 saves for the Clippers.

Jonah Bird

No. 4 Gorham 2 No. 5 Brunswick 1

Two goals in the second period is all the Rams needed to move on into the regional semifinals Saturday night to take on the No. 1 seed Greely Rangers, who had a bye in the quarterfinal. Jonah Bird scored early in the middle frame to give the Rams a 1-0 lead. Andrew Gaudreau set up the game-winner as Nolan Gava found the back of the net later in the same period. Nicholas Marro put the Dragons on the board three minutes into the final period with Michael Marro picking up the assist. Jasper Crane made 19 saves for Gorham while Spencer Marquis made 16 saves for the Dragons.

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