BANGOR — Waterville High School senior right wing Katy Massey would love to play hockey at the University of Maine.
She certainly didn’t hurt her chances on Thursday night.
With University of Maine assistants Richard Reichenbach and Kevin Sommer in attendance, Massey set up one goal and scored the game-winner with 6 mintues left in regulation to lead Waterville to a 4-2 Eastern Maine Class A victory over Bangor at Sawyer Arena.
Waterville improved to 6-2 with its sixth straight win while Bangor fell to 4-4 after losing its third in a row.
Massey’s game-winner was the first of her career.
“It’s really exciting,” said Massey. ” But it didn’t matter who scored (as long as we won).”
Massey, the Class B state champion in the 100-meter dash, was set up by junior defenseman Aaron Bard.
She positioned herself at the far post and re-directed Bard’s shot from the left point into the upper short-side corner past the glove of Bangor goalie Chris Howat.
“I was on the opposite side and I saw the puck go to the point,” said Massey. “I was at the back door looking for a rebound or a pass. The puck came across and I tapped it in.”
“I was just trying to get the puck to the net,” said Bard.
It was Massey’s third goal of the season.
“We love to see her score or hit somebody or take a hit. It riles us up,” said Waterville junior defenseman Matt Lee, who had a goal and an assist. “She’s small but she’s one of our toughest players.”
“She’s a very talented player. That was a very nice goal, ” said Bangor coach Denis Collins, who was without leading goal scorer Phil Frost, who was receiving his soccer All-American honor.
Waterville senior right wing Tim Locke iced it with his second goal of the game and 14th of the season, an empty-netter with 20 seconds left.
Bangor led 2-1 after the first period despite being outshot 12-3.
Goals by Connor Griffin, his fifth of the season, and Adam Toth-Javor (2nd) sandwiched Locke’s first goal.
Lee’s 10th tied it in the second period on the power play.
The game was an entertaining helter-skelter affair dominated by the Purple Panthers, who outshot Bangor 33-14.
“We wanted to limit their number of shots,” said Waterville coach Dennis Martin.
There were plenty of odd-man rushes and each team had a penchant for turning the puck over.
But Howat was the much busier goalie and came up with several gems among his 29 stops to keep his team in it.
Although Bangor didn’t have nearly as many chances, most of their opportunities were of the high-percentage variety.
Griffin opened the scoring when he pounced on a Panther turnover, broke in alone on junior goalie Dakota Gendreau and made a nice head fake before tucking it home.
Gendreau, in just his second year as a goalie, was filling in for the injured Cody Thibodeau and finished with 12 saves.
Locke tied it off a Massey feed.
Howat made a short-side save off David Cook and the rebound came to Massey, who alertly fed it across the crease to an unattended Locke for an easy flip-in.
Bangor defenseman Toth-Javor broke the tie with 28 seconds left in the first period off a two-on-one with Zeb Tuell. Tuell made a tape-to-tape pass to Toth-Javor and he had time to pick the top stick side corner with a rising wrister from 15 feet out.
Lee tied it 4:02 into the second period when he gathered in the puck in the right corner, skated unmolested into the faceoff dot to Howat’s left and fired a snap shot into the short side corner.
Lee had a couple of chances to break the tie later in the period off passes from J.T. Whitten but Howat robbed him on both occasions
Nic Cota had a shorthanded breakaway early in the third period but Lee dove and tripped him up to help thwart the bid although Lee was penalized for tripping.