Two Maine youth hockey teams advance to national quarterfinals before elimination

Posted April 08, 2013, at 8:08 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Two of the four Maine youth hockey teams involved in national tournaments that concluded last weekend advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective divisions.

All four teams representing Maine were from the Portland area.

The Casco Bay Hockey Association sent teams to the three tournaments for boys. The Midget Majors (18 and under) played in Hartford, Conn.; the Midget Minors (16U) played in Troy, Mich., and the Bantams (14U) were in Charlotte, N.C. The Portland Junior Pirates’ 19-and-under girls team competed in San Jose, Calif.

The Casco Bay Mariners’ 18U team and the Junior Pirate girls were the teams that advanced out of pool play and into the playoffs.

The Mariners came close to advancing into the semifinals, falling to eventual national titlist Charlotte (N.C.) Checkers 4-3 in overtime Saturday.

The Junior Pirates lost their quarterfinal 5-1 Saturday to the Keweenaw Storm of Calumet, Mich., which finished as the national runners-up.

The Casco Bay 16U team went 1-2 in pool play with the victory coming in overtime. The Mariners’ 14U team was a straight-up 1-2 in its pool.

The 18U Mariners swept through their pool play with a 3-0 mark, outscoring their opponents 24-7. They defeated the Allen (Texas) Americans 7-3, Team Wyoming 12-1 and the Providence Junior Bruins 5-3.

Ted Hart scored five goals in those three games, with Mitchel Donovan posting four goals and Lucas Michaud, Alden Weller and Hugh Grygiel adding three each. Donovan was the top assist man with six.

Calvin Shelley was in goal for six of the nine 17-minute periods, giving up three goals for a 1.76 goals-against average. Dane Pauls played the other three, also giving up three for a 3.53 GAA.

In the quarterfinal, the Checkers jumped out to 3-1 lead after one period. After a scoreless second period, the Mariners posted a pair of goals in the third, including Hart’s with 21 seconds left that sent the game into overtime. Thomas Grove’s goal 8:42 into OT ended the Mariners’ run.

The Junior Pirate girls were 1-2 in their pool play, but one of the losses was in overtime, giving them an extra point that allowed them to finish fourth in the six-team pool. That meant a matchup with Keweenaw, which was 3-0 and the No. 1 seed in the other bracket.

The Junior Pirates lost to the East Coast Wizards of Bedford, Mass., 1-0 in overtime in their opener, fell to the Washington Wild of Bellingham, Wash., 4-0 and defeated the Big Sky (Mont.) Wildcats 3-2.

Paige Tuller, Sandra Strogen and Gabrielle Boualavanh scored the Pirate goals, with Devan Kane and Olivia Drew handling net duties.

Ariel Potter tallied the lone Pirate goal in the quarterfinals, 28 seconds before the end of the first period to cut Keweenaw’s lead to 2-1, but Portland was shut out after that.

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