Wilcox’s overtime goal lifts Old Town past Hampden Academy|
BREWER — David Wilcox scored from amid a scramble in front of the goal 1 minute, 20 seconds into overtime Tuesday night to lift No. 5 Old Town past No. 4 Hampden Academy 3-2 in an Eastern Maine Class B hockey quarterfinal at the Penobscot Ice Arena.
The victory avenged two one-goal losses to the Broncos during the regular season and advances the 10-8-1 Coyotes to a regional semifinal against top-ranked Brewer on Saturday at Sukee Arena in Winslow.
Brewer (17-1) defeated Old Town twice during the regular season 5-1 on Jan. 14 and 4-1 on Jan. 23.
Hampden finished one of its best seasons in recent years with a 10-9 record.
Hampden Academy got two goals from Kalvin Costa Vogel during the final 3:38 of the third period to force overtime, the first assisted by Samuel Ward and Luther Vom Eigen and the second with 1:35 remaining on assists from Kent Reichel and Cooper Williams.
But Old Town regrouped and mounted some sustained offense early in overtime that led to Wilcox gaining control in front of the net. Hampden goalie Ryan Manning made an initial save, but Wilcox gathered in the rebound and scored on the second chance.
Hampden outshot Old Town 46-33 for the match, but Coyotes’ sophomore goalie Nathan Colannino came up big with 44 saves — 22 during the second period along to help coach Brett Hale’s club maintain its early lead.
Manning made 30 saves for Hampden.
Old Town took a 1-0 lead 8:20 into the match when Alex Leithiser won a faceoff to the right of Manning and dropped the puck back to Jordan Pinkham, who scored with a quick wrist shot.
The Coyotes made it 2-0 at 5:38 of the second period when junior captain Trevor Wilcox scored from close range after taking a pass from behind the net from Peter Wilcox.