BREWER, Maine – The second-seeded Brewer High School Witches tuned up for their Eastern Maine Class A schoolboy semifinal with Lewiston by using a three-goal second period to distance themselves from the Lawrence High School Bulldogs en route to a convincing 7-2 win at the Penobscot Ice Arena Tuesday night.
Senior right wing Ryan Nadeau had a hat trick and an assist, senior center and linemate Dylan Fitzpatrick had a goal and three assists and freshman left wing Tyler White scored a pair of goals as Brewer improved to 15-3-1. Joey Perry had the other Witch goal and junior goalie Eric White made 16 saves.
Brock Lawrence had a goal and an assist for the seventh-seeded Bulldogs from Fairfield, who finished up at 10-9. Devon Belanger had the other goal, and senior goalie Chris Caron made 37 saves.
Nadeau scored the only goal of the first period for the Witches, who won for the sixth time in their last seven games. It was a power-play goal.
White, Perry and Nadeau scored in the second period and the Witches extended the lead to 6-0 in the first 4:21 of the third period as White and Fitzpatrick found the net.
Belanger’s breakaway ruined Eric White’s shutout bid with 4:46 remaining, Nadeau capped his third hat trick of the season with his 21st goal 21 seconds later and Lawrence closed out the scoring.
Both of Lawrence’s goals came on the power play.
“We didn’t get a lot of [scoring] chances,” said Lawrence senior center and tri-captain Anthony Boudreau. “They controlled the puck a lot the whole game. They’re a really sound, all-around good team. They’re a really good passing team. They just outskated us.”
Nadeau opened the scoring when he took a cross-ice pass from Fitzpatrick and one-timed a wrister “a little over a foot off the ice” that went five-hole.
White scored 1:34 into the second period when he took a pass from Chris Lopez, sped down the right wing in a two-on-two, and snapped a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that deflected in off a Lawrence defenseman and the crossbar.
Perry extended the lead to 3-0 at the 6:36 mark. Caron had made two saves, one on Matt Helfen’s point shot and another on T.J. McCormick’s follow-up shot, but Perry shoveled home the rebound.
Nadeau’s second goal of the game came with 42 seconds left in the period. Dave McNally wristed the puck to the midpoint and Caron made the initial save and another one Dylan Fitzpatrick’s in-tight rebound attempt, but Nadeau cut left to right after picking up the loose puck and swept it into the half-empty net.
White swept home an Andy Bush rebound early in the third period and Fitzpatrick converted a Nadeau cross-ice pass to make it 6-0 and ice it.