BREWER, Maine — The Brewer High School Witches were eager to return to their winning ways after a 2-1 loss to Falmouth and a 5-5 tie against Bangor.
And the White brothers helped make it happen Wednesday afternoon as sophomore left wing Tyler White scored a pair of goals and senior brother Eric made 19 saves in the Witches’ 5-0 Class B hockey win over youthful Houlton-Hodgdon at the Penobscot Ice Arena.
“We had a two-game winless streak so it was important to get back into the win column,” said Eric White, who was forced to make several difficult saves, including two breakaways.
“They had a couple of two-on-ones and a couple of breakaways but that happens most games. I just have to be ready for them,” added White. “The guys played really well in front of me today and kept [Houlton-Hodgdon] away from the net.”
The swift-skating Witches, now 5-1-1, had the better of play but their aggressive, attack-oriented style lends itself to counter-attacks and odd-man rushes for the opponent.
Tyler White scored in the first period on the power play before Jacob Chapman and Jamie Williamson expanded it to 3-0 in the second period. Lucas Lamond and White added third-period goals.
White opened the scoring by taking a long diagonal pass from Alex Pacheco down the right wing and then going wide around defenseman.
“It was a beautiful pass from [Pacheco],” said White. “No one was coming at me so I took it to the net. I shot it off one of their guys’ legs, it came back to my stick and I put it in.”
His brother stopped a Sam Fitzpatrick breakaway later in the period to preserve the lead.
Chapman made it 2-0 5:34 into the second period as Garret Gonzales wristed a puck toward the net from the right point and it took a fortuitous deflection across the goalmouth to him.
“I had the open net,” said Chapman.
A few minutes later, Eric White robbed Nick Chase, who appeared to have an open net on his wraparound attempt.
“I looked over my right shoulder and the puck wasn’t there so I slid across to the left and, luckily, I got over in time to get my left pad on it,” said White.
“I don’t know how it didn’t go in,” said Chase.
Williamson made it 3-0 at the 12:15 mark off a perfectly-executed give-and-go with Pacheco.
“We’ve practiced that all year. [Nick] Risser gave it to me, I gave it to Pacheco and he gave it right back to me,” said Williamson. “He got it to me in a perfect spot and I put it right in.”
Lamond scored a five-on-three goal as he jammed in an Evan Nadeau rebound before White rolled a short backhander under Blackhawks goalie Malik Abouleish with 4:41 left.
Adam Cossette replaced White at that point and made three saves.
Abouleish played well in defeat, making 32 saves, including a dozen gems.
“We had many chances but we can’t put the puck in the net,” said H-H senior defenseman and co-captain Jake Peabody whose 2-3 Blackhawks have been shut out three times.