BREWER, Maine — Senior defenseman Andy Bush hasn’t scored many goals in his Brewer High School career. He had a couple last season and one this year.
But he picked a perfect time for his first two-goal game.
Bush sandwiched his goals around one by Nick Risser and Eric White made 25 saves as the Witches blanked Lewiston 3-0 at the Penobscot Ice Arena Wednesday night.
Brewer, which began the week in second place in the Eastern Maine Class A Heal point standings, improved to 8-1-1 while Lewiston, which was third, slipped to 5-3-1.
There was little to choose between the EM title contenders in the entertaining fast-paced affair.
But the Witches, who scored in each period, were simply more opportunistic.
“This was a huge win for us,” said Bush. “Dylan Fitzpatrick and Evan Nadeau set me up perfectly on the goals. It was great.”
Bush opened the scoring at the 11:55 mark of the first period.
Fitzpatrick carried the puck behind the Lewiston net and fed it to Bush, who had closed from the point to the high slot.
“I saw Dylan come around so I moved down and he gave me a perfect pass. The far side was wide open,” said Bush, whose 35-foot wrister beat screened goalie Cam Poussard high to the blocker side.
“I went down hoping to get a piece of it but there were three guys in front of me and it didn’t end up going our way,” said Poussard.
Risser extended the lead 4:14 into the second period with his eighth goal of the season.
Evan Nadeau forced a turnover and the puck squirted to Tyler White, who slid it across to the unattended Risser in the low slot.
Risser took a stride and snapped a wrister over Poussard’s left pad.
“It was a great shot by Risser. He was all alone in front. It went off the post and in,” said Poussard.
The Blue Devils generated a host of good chances over the final four minutes of the middle period but White came up with a number of quality stops to preserve the 2-0 lead.
Brandon Lebrun fired a low 30-foot wrist shot from the right circle that was labeled for the far corner until White flashed out his right pad.
“He used our defenseman as a screen but I saw the puck a little bit as soon as he let it go,” said White. “I had an idea where it was going.”
Thirty-seconds later, Ben McDonough maneuvered his way through the right circle and tried to roof a 15-footer short side only to have White get a piece of it with his glove.
“I came out at him. I knew he had no one to pass to so he was going to shoot. I got my glove on it and it hit the crossbar,” said White.
White and his mates caught a break with nine seconds left in the period when Ryan Lemelin missed a half-empty net with his 18-footer.
Early in the third period, talented Blue Devils scoring leader Robbie Leeman broke down the right side unmolested only to have White rob him.
“He tried to go five-hole but I kept my pads closed,” said White.
“He saved them big-time,” said Leeman.
“Eric was phenomenal,” said Risser.
The Blue Devils, who were without standout senior defenseman Jake Brown (shoulder injury), also missed the net on several occasions.
Bush gave the Witches some useful breathing room with a screened wrist shot from the midpoint to the blocker side after Nadeau carried the puck across the high slot and dropped it to him.
“I put it in the same spot,” said Bush. “There was a hole up there. But it wasn’t wide open.”
“It went between a kid’s legs. I got a piece of it with my stick but it deflected up [into the net]. They were all pretty good goals,” said sophomore Poussard, who turned in an impressive 26-save performance.
“Andy has a good, quick wrist shot from the point and he gets the puck on net. That’s what you want,” said Brewer coach Bill Schwarz, who was pleased with his team’s victory.
“It was a good, pointworthy win over a good team. We didn’t have a lot of pressure on them but we scored timely goals,” said Schwarz.
“The defense played well. They didn’t get many opportunities inside,” said White.
BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY MICHAEL YORK
Brewer’s Tyler White gets squeezed off the puck by Lewiston’s Desmond Gagne (43), Joey Fournier (26) and Craig Sirois (10) during Wednesday’s hockey game in Brewer. Brewer triumphed 3-0.