FALMOUTH – It was Greely girls’ hockey team which had bus legs to start the game and not the visiting Lewiston. In the end, the Rangers found their way to a 3-1 victory over the Blue Devils at Family Ice Center Wednesday night, improving to 10-2 in the process.
“It was a little bit of a slow start,” said Greely coach Nate Guerin. “I don’t know what it was, but they found whatever it was and took care of it.”
The Blue Devils (5-6) struck first when Natalie Rousseau’s shot was saved by Greely goalie Emma Seymour, but Sadie Poulin was there to knock in the rebound at the 5:29 mark of the first period.
“I was telling the kids, the first period is how we have to play all the time,” said Lewiston head coach Ron Dumont. “I got a lot of young ones, and we talk about lessons you learn, and you can’t learn everything at once.”
The momentum shifted to Greely’s side midway through the second period after Lewiston wasn’t able to score on its second power play halfway through the the period. Greely’s offense set up shop in the Blue Devils’ defensive zone. What looked a power play for the Rangers was really 5-on-5 play.
Guerin said there were no major changes that sparked their offense.
“The biggest issues were getting back on the back-check and making sure we were picking up bodies,” he said.
The Rangers got on the board at 11:16 mark of the second when Sarah Kurland found the back of the net with an unassisted marker.
“It was nice to see (us) to pick it up in the second period,” said Guerin. “It is usually when we are slower. “
The onslaught of shots on Lewiston goalie Paige Fountain continued in the third period as she faced two or three shots at once in a couple sequences. Kurland found Paige Tuller in front of the net to make it 2-1 Greely with 7:09 remaining in the game.
“I said keep it up, basically,” Guerin told his players during the timeout after the second goal.
After a Lewiston timeout, the Rangers kept the the pressure on as Megan Finley ripped a shot from the top of the slot to give Greely the 3-1 lead 53 seconds after Tuller’s goal.
“They played a very good third period, one of the best we had all season,” Guerin stated. “I said, ‘You are doing great, (Lewiston) is trying to prevent us from taking all the momentum, but we need to keep rolling.'”
Fountain made 25 saves for Lewiston in the loss while Seymour stopped 15 shots for Greely.
“She blocked a lot of shots, we were coughing up a few more rebounds we typically do,” stated Dumont of Fountain.
The Blue Devils were 0-for-4 on the power play while the Rangers had no chances on the power play.
Greely will next face Yarmouth/Freeport Saturday at 9 p.m.