The last remaining winter sports team from the Mid-Coast, Brunswick’s boys’ hockey team, was eliminated last week, bringing the curtain down on the sports season.
The Dragons went 11-7 in the regular season and earned the No. 6 seed in Eastern Class A.
Last Tuesday, Brunswick went to No. 3 Bangor for the quarterfinals. The Rams won, 10-2, at the Dragons Feb. 14 in the lone regular season meeting.
The playoff encounter would be closer, but ultimately, Brunswick didn’t have enough.
T.J. Sullivan staked the Dragons to a 1-0 lead against the run of play 9:09 into the second period, but Bangor’s Sam Huston equalized 1:24 later and the game would remain 1-1 through the second period.
In the final period, the Rams took over.
Senior center Alec Coleman-Pray scored 3 minutes, 21 seconds into the third period and set up Nick Graham’s goal 3:13 later. Ben Crichton and Trevor DeLaite added insurance goals 47 seconds apart late in the final 3:36 and Bangor went on to a 5-1 victory, ending Brunswick’s season at 11-8.
Senior goalie Devin Allard was outstanding for the Dragons as he made numerous high-percentage saves among his 31 total stops and his mates were solid in front of him, clearing rebounds to limit Bangor’s multiple-shot flurries.
“That was an adjustment we made,” Brunswick coach Bill Bodwell said. “We had let up a lot of rebound goals in our first game with them. We had to protect the house better and make sure we covered the slot.
“This was one of our best games of the year. The guys really battled hard and stayed disciplined.”
Bangor Daily News staff writer Larry Mahoney contributed to this story.
Brunswick’s Jared Parent plays the puck up the ice during last week’s 5-1 loss to Bangor in the Eastern A quarterfinals.
T.J. Sullivan and his teammates celebrate Brunswick’s lone goal in the quarterfinal loss to Bangor.