Maine HS Hockey – Class B State Final: Brunswick Blanks Camden Hills For First State Championship

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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Brunswick is your 2022 Maine Class B state champions after a 2-0 win over Camden Hills. (Photo courtesy Brunswick HS)

The Brunswick Dragons relied on goaltending and defense to win their first Maine Class B state championship.

Goalie Luke Patterson made 31 saves and the Dragons (17-4-0) killed all five of the Camden Hills power plays in the 2-0 win at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.

Patterson said the credit goes to his teammates.

“After we got the early lead, I knew we’d be able to close it out because I trust my defense to shut them down,” Patterson said.

Brunswick ended the season on an 11-game win streak. Camden Hills defeated Brunswick 3-0 on Jan. 22, which was the Dragons’ last loss.

Brunswick players (l to r) AJ Wolverton, Sam Masse and Ollie Bateman with Class B championship trophy.

“We played Cheverus/Yarmouth in the second game of the season; that’s when things started to click,” Brunswick coach Mike Misner said. “Follow that up with our (1-0) win over Edward Little (late in the year); we felt all the boys were on the same page and believed in each other. We kept the ball rolling (in the playoffs). When we found out we would play Camden Hills, it felt poetic to bookend it with them.”

The Windjammers finished the year 13-5, and coach John Magri is proud of what they accomplished. Camden Hills went 8-3 after the regular-season win against Brunswick.

“In the record books, we are the best Camden Hills hockey team that the town has ever had,” Magri said. “We are going to the Class B North banquet tomorrow, there will be 12 teams there, and we are the best hockey team that will walk into the building. I tried to explain that to them; they weren’t riding a legacy like other high schools, who (come here) every year. They started a legacy rather than riding a legacy.”

Brunswick jumped out to a 1-0 early in the first period when forward Garrett Countway tipped a Tommy Labbe shot past Windjammers’ goalie Jackson Bernier (17 saves).

“We told the boys before going out there, ‘the first three minutes and the last three minutes of each period were going to be important,” Misner said. “They were keying in on that, and to jump out there like that was huge. I didn’t think we would have to hold it (for most of the game).

The Dragons had a few other chances in the first period. Nick Marro had a shorthanded breakaway, 4:20 into the period, but he missed the net.

Just past the eight-minute mark, Grey Perham had a half-open net but Camden Hills defenseman Aiden Aselton slid to block the shot to keep the deficit to 1-0.

“Our four defensemen and our goalie really deliver,” Magri said. “Aiden Aselton is a very offensive-minded defenseman, so to have him blocking a few shots, means he’s doing his job.”

The defensive play sparked Camden Hills, and they finished the first period with 12 shots.

Camden Hills had a trio of power plays in the second period but couldn’t get many shots on goal on the three attempts in the middle frame.

The Dragons focused on special teams heading into the game.

“We spent the last two or three practices on special teams,” Misner said. “We knew it was going to come down to that with the physicality of (Camden Hills). We did a lot of practicing on the power play, penalty kill. We didn’t think we’d be on the other side of that, but we were working on (the penalty kill). It paid off.”

Magri said the power play was slightly off.

“In other games, our power play was less frantic and maybe a hair more potent,” Magri said. “It’s hockey; there are some nights like that, some nights the (frantic nature) wins you the game.”

The Windjammers fired another 12 shots on goal in the second period, but none of them could beat Dragons goalie Patterson.

Brunswick only had four shots in the second.

Windjammers had a chance to tie the game, 3:30 into the period when forward Zanni Sabatini tried to go to the backhand, but Patterson stopped him.

“There was pressure there, but I felt confident (my team and I) could get the job done,” Patterson said of holding the lead.

Midway through the third period, Brunswick had a goal waved off when it was kicked in.

Zach Stern-Hayes scored the insurance goal with under three minutes to play in the third period. He jammed home the puck after Bernier made the initial shot.

“That was chaos, there was a pass, the (puck flipped in the air), then pressure,” Stern-Hayes said. “I shot it once and it didn’t go in; I stuck with it.”

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