The Greely Rangers made sure there was no comeback from the Orono/Old Town Black Bears this year.
After a blowing a 2-0 lead a year ago in the Class B state title game and losing 3-2 to the Black Bears, the the Rangers cruised to a 8-0 victory on Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee for its fourth state championship in the past ten seasons.
“Obviously, we had a lot of respect for them, they had a good season and they are a dangerous team,” Greely coach Barry Mothes said. “Getting that third goal in the third period opened it up a little bit. They came out strong in the second, I am glad we got a couple and won that middle period. It certainly made the third period easier.”
Jake MacDonald had hat trick while Andy Moore had a goal and two assists. Jared Swisher made 14 saves for the shutout.
Black Bears head coach Chris Thurlow said it wasn’t his team’s day this year.
“That’s a good team,” Thurlow said. “Sometimes you get by a good team and that what happened today.”
It was a quick start for the Rangers as Evan Dutil tipped a Brennan Rawnsley shot from the point for a 1-0 lead at the 2:14 mark. Chris Williams also had an helper on the goal.
Mothes thought that line set the tone for the rest of the game.
“That was big,” Mothes said. “We pretty much ran three lines all year and we have some great young players on this team and they contributed a lot. I thought the line of Chris Williams, Evan Duti and Alex Wallace had an extremely strong game today.”
The lead stretched to 2-0 when Jackson Williams found the back of the net at the 3:46 mark with Andy Moore getting the assist.
Moore set the next goal up as he was on a 2-on-1 rush while shorthanded and he fed MacDonald who made it 3-0 in favor of the Rangers at the 7:36 mark.
“Our experienced guys this year realized we need to keep going, there’s no let up in a state championship game,” MacDonald said.
“We didn’t get complacent, we knew there was another 30 minutes left in the game,” MacDonald said of the first intermission message. “We knew we had to keep it simple and get pucks deep.”
Special teams were an issue for the Black Bears for the game as they were 0-for-6 on the man advantage while Greely went 2-for-4 on the power play.
“We didn’t do ourselves any favors for sure by getting in the box,” Thurlow said. “You put a lethal offensive team on the power play, they will make you pay. …I thought we did OK (on the power play), and had I couple decent chances, but we would be one and done. We woiuld get one look then (Greely) would send (the puck) down the ice. Then we would fumble the puck.”
The second period was another quick start for the Rangers as MacDonald scored on the power play at the 2:33 mark with Moore assisting on the goal. MacDonald added a helper to his point total as he was going down the right wing near the boards. Ryan Moore went crashing to the net for a pass and he put it home for a 5-0 Greely lead.
The Rangers continued to pour it on as Peter Lattanzi scored from the goal line as he was able to find a hole underneath the crossbar and Black Bears goalie Kohle Parker. The unassisted marker came at the 5:15 mark. MacDonald ended Parker’s night in goal with a breakaway to complete the hat trick at the 6:22 mark.
Parker made 18 saves while freshman Aidan Rand made five saves
Andy Moore gave the Rangers a 8-0 lead to cap the scoring off at the 10:46 mark of the third.