St. Dom’s is partying like it’s 2000.
For the first time since 2000, the St. Dom’s Saints have captured the Maine Class A state championship with a 4-2 victory over the Biddeford Tigers at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. It’s their state leading 26th state championship.
“I don’t know, some of me wants to cry, some of me wants me to go hug more people and some of me wants me to scream,” St. Dom’s coach Bobby Parker said. “I am very proud of the team this year and I am very proud of the coaches and I am very proud of the school of St. Dom’s.”
The players knew this year could be the year that the drought could end with this group of guys.
“We knew from the start that we had amazing group of guys right from the beginning of the season,” Will Fletcher said. “We were meshing well together, everybody was working together and we were winning the games we needed to and just getting better as the season went along.”
For Biddeford, it’s the second straight season they just fell short.
“The last seven minutes of the game, we were moving the puck as well as I’ve seen us move it,” Biddeford coach Jason Tremblay said. “They were running around. Of course there were a lot of 2-on-1’s because we were taking a lot of chances. You know what? We were right there until the end.”
Dominic Chasse gave St. Dom’s (16-4-1) a 1-0 a at the 6:55 mark of the opening period with Fletcher picking up the assist.
“It took a huge weight off our shoulders,” Chasse said of scoring first. “Then our freshman getting the game winner was amazing to feel.”
“I knew that (Biddeford goalie Justin Larnerd) was going to pokecheck because I watched the games before and he’s an aggressive goalie. I saw the gap between the kids stick and I knew Will was going to put it there, he’s a great hockey player.”
The Tigers couldn’t convert on their first power play of the game when Fletcher went to the box at the 5:09 mark. It wasn’t long after the power play expired, Biddeford (15-7-0) evened the contest up. Trenton Ouellette found himself in the high-slot and fired the puck past Saints goalie Gaston Fuksa glove side just inside the post. The goal came at the 7:16 mark.
“I thought we played a good second to be honest with you,” Tremblay said. “I thought we struggled a little bit in the first. Yeah, we only had two shots, but territorially, we started to doing some stuff in the last seven minutes in the period, they were having trouble getting the puck out.”
The Saints went into the second intermission with a lead. With Trenton Ouellette in the box, Lucas Pushard found the back of the net on the power play at the 8:18 mark. Jack Ouette picked up the lone assist on the goal. .
Leondro Naous gave St. Dom’s a 3-1 lead jamming home the puck past Justin Larnerd with 1:04 remaining in the period. Chasse recorded an assist.
With Chasse negating a Saints power play, Biddeford made the Saints pay on its abbreviated man advantage. Nick Reissfelder found Trevor Ouellette who lifted the puck over Fuksa pad to get the Tigers within one at the 6:57 mark of the third period.
Jack Ouellette added an empty netter to seal the victory for the Saints.