June 18, 2018
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Cunningham brothers, Condon power unbeaten Messalonskee hockey team past Brewer

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — The undefeated Messalonskee High School hockey team from Oakland continued its dominance over Eastern Maine Class B opponents Wednesday night.

The line of sophomore center Jared Cunningham between his senior brother Chase, the right wing, and senior left wing Dan Condon combined for nine goals and nine assists as Messalonskee improved to 10-0 with a 10-2 victory over Brewer at the Penobscot Ice Arena.

Chase Cunningham, who recently became the school’s all-time leading scorer, had three goals and five assists; brother Jared had four goals and two assists and Condon, who transferred from Maranacook/Winthrop/Hall-Dale contributed two goals and two assists.

Dylan Burton scored the other goal for the Eagles while Gehrig White and Trey Wood scored for the 5-4-1 Witches, who have now lost three of their last four.

Messalonskee has outscored its opponents 70-12.

“We were clicking tonight,” said Chase Cunningham. “We scored a lot of goals [three] on the penalty kill and that helped out a lot.”

“Our line has good chemistry. We’ve been working hard in practice lately. The Cunninghams are on a different level. It’s nice being on a line with them,” Condon said.

“The Cunninghams are unstoppable,” said Brewer sophomore goalie Tyler Friel, who teamed up with freshman Drew Baker to make 39 saves.

Messalonskee outshot Brewer 47-19.

After Chase Cunningham and White swapped early first-period goals, Condon triggered a string of nine unanswered goals by scoring in a one-on-four rush with 5:08 left in the first period.

The Witches were seemingly in good defensive position when Condon carried the puck down the right wing. But he was able to take the puck wide on a Witch defenseman and cut around him before slicing across the crease and beating Friel.

“I saw I didn’t have any help so I just decided to drive to the net. Good things happen when you drive the net,” said Condon.

“I went for the pokecheck, but he went around me and put it past my [right] pad,” said Friel.

The Eagles added a power-play goal with 57 seconds left in the period when Burton beat Friel off a Condon assist.

Jared Cunningham scored three straight goals in the first 6:11 of the second period with brother Chase setting up all three. The first and third goals came while the Eagles were shorthanded and the second came during a delayed penalty.

The first goal all but sewed up the win and came about when Chase Cunningham pounced on a loose puck and passed to his brother in the high slot.

“I turned around and gave it to him in the middle,” said Chase Cunningham.

“I was just going hard, and I think I shot it five-hole,” said Jared Cunningham, who released his 20-foot shot quickly.

Chase Cunningham added a shorthanded goal at the 8:32 mark and Condon capped the second-period scoring at the 10:43 mark.

The Cunninghams each scored a third-period goal before Wood scored a consolation goal for the Witches.

“We played well,” said Messalonskee coach Mike Latendresse. “Even though it was a 10-2 game, I thought we got better as the game went along.”

“We didn’t play that well in the first period but we played our best in the second and third periods,” said Jared Cunningham.

Ben Weeks made 13 saves on 14 shots through the first two periods for Messalonskee and Elijah Tuell stopped four of five in the third period.

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