Maine Class A Quarterfinals: #7 Edward Little KO’s Defending Champ St. Dom’s, 1-0

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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No. 1 Lewiston 6, No. 8 Bangor 0

Logan Tripp had a hat trick as the Blue Devils defeated the Rams 6-0. Keegan McLaughlin made 15 saves for the shutout. Tripp opened the scoring in the middle of the first period with Michael Belleau setting up the goal. Late in the period, Kurtis Pelletier stretched the lead to 2-0 with Ryan Pomerleau and Drew St. Hilaire picking up the assists. Pelletier also had two assists in the game while Pomerleau finished with two assists.

After a strong start to the second by Bangor, Ben St. Laurent cooled the Rams’ momentum as he made it 3-0 with under three minutes to go in the middle frame. Tripp notched his second goal of the contest with under two minutes remaining in the period. Pomerleau put the Blue Devils up 5-0 in the third and Tripp completed his hat trick with seven minutes remaining with Owen Cox notching the assist. Jake Hirsch made 37 saves for the Rams.

No. 7 Edward Little 1, No. 2 St. Dom’s 0

Will Cassidy scored with 2:20 remaining in the first period to lift the Red Eddies to their ninth straight win with the upset of the defending Class A champions. Freshman Gage Ducharme had 19 saves for the shutout, his sixth in the past nine games.

The Saints thought they had scored at the end of the second period as the puck rang off the inside of the post. The referees took a look on replay but concluded the puck didn’t cross the line. Alex Roy made 18 saves in the loss.

No. 3 Scarborough 6, No. 6 Portland/Deering 3

Two first-period goals by Cameron Budway got the Red Storm off on the right foot en route to defeating the Bulldogs. Nolan Matthews had an assist on each goal while Owen Denbow had an assist on the second goal. Matthews finished with four assists and Denbow had two. Kevin Woods and Samuel Rumelhart stretched the Red Storm lead to 4-0.

Whitfield Steele put the Bulldogs on the board with a goal late in the middle frame with Max Cheevers notching the assist. Zach Chaisson scored twice in the third period for Scarborough including an empty net goal. Nick Becker scored Portland/Deering’s other goal with Dante Tocci assisting. Peter O’Brien made 13 saves for the Red Storm while Ryan Becker stopped 26 shots for the Bulldogs.

No. 4 South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport 5, No. 5 Thornton Academy 4

Cullen Adams was the hero for the Red Riots as he scored the game-winner midway through the third period against Thornton Academy. Nearly a minute prior Gus Lappin tied the game for the Red Riots at four. It was back and forth from the beginning of the game as Eli Pendergrass gave Thornton Academy a 1-0 lead 50 seconds into the game. Owen Anderson tied the game at one with 3:30 remaining in the opening period with Dylan Hannan picking up the assist. The Golden Trojans scored twice in a 12-second span to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission as Alex St. John and Thomas Gonneville found the back of the net. Pendergrass had an assist on both goals with Gonneville’s coming with exactly a minute remaining the period.

Owen Anderson scored his second for the Red Riots early into the second period to cut the deficit to 3-2. Chris Balzono restored a two-goal lead for the Golden Trojans five minutes into the middle frame. The scored appeared it would be 4-2 heading into the third, but Eric Walker’s shot went through Thornton netminder Gage Tarbox-Belanger’s wickets with 18 seconds left as the Red Riots got within one goal.

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