BREWER — The Brewer High School hockey team unleashed a 58-shot barrage on Winslow High School junior goalie Cameron Tibbetts on Tuesday night.
Tibbetts was superb, stopping the first 17 shots he faced, but the Witches finally started finding the back of the net in the second period and went on to post a convincing 7-1 victory over the youthful Black Raiders at the Penobscot Ice Arena.
Senior right wing Tyler White and junior right wing Spencer Valley each scored a pair of goals as Brewer improved to 4-0 while Winslow fell to 0-3.
“Brewer has a good team,” said Winslow senior defenseman Eric Crawley. “They’re fast, they move the puck well and they skate well. We tried our best to stick with them but they got the better of us. I was impressed with how many [Tibbetts] stopped.”
So were the Witches.
“I was incredibly impressed with him. He did a swell job,” said Brewer coach David Shedd.
“He had real good positioning. He was lining up real well [to face shots].
We had to get him moving side to side,” said senior center Joey Fowler.
“I expected to see a lot of shots tonight. I’m pretty happy with the way I played,” said Tibbetts. “There were a couple of goals I should have had.”
White also had an assist to go with his two goals and junior center Kyle Alexander had a goal and two assists for the Witches, who erupted for five second-period goals.
Freshman Gabe Valley’s first career goal turned out to be the game-winner and Tyler McCormick had the other goal. Joey Fowler had a pair of assists with Jacob Chapman, Brody Valley, Nick Moore and Jake Caron notching one assist apiece. Patrick Spaulding finished with 16 saves in a good, steady performance.
Josh Larson scored for Winslow, tying the game 6:12 into the second period, and Jacob Cain assisted on it.
Tibbetts finished with 51 stops.
After White finally opened the scoring 1:01 into the second period by finding the far corner with a 12-foot wrist shot off a pass out from behind the net by Fowler, Larson equalized with a rising short-side wrister from the base of the right circle.
Gabe Valley gave Brewer the lead for good 56 seconds later.
A Raider defenseman lost the puck off his stick behind the net and the alert Valley pounced on it and scored off a wraparound.
“It went between [Tibbetts’] pads,” said Valley.
McCormick extended the lead 58 seconds later when he took an Alexander pass, broke down the left side on a two-on-one and jammed home his own rebound.
“He made the first save but the rebound trickled through the five-hole,” said McCormick.
White made it 4-1 by gathering in a long diagonal pass from Fowler, slicing across the low slot and roofing a wrister back across the grain to the stick-side corner.
Alexander expanded the lead off a three-on-one with a 14-foot wrister as he busted down the left wing, held the puck until he found an opening and wristed it over Tibbetts’ glove.
Spencer Valley scored his goals in the third period.
Fowler said the Witches turned in a good all-around performance.
“We worked hard as a team,” said Fowler.
Winslow coach Corey Lessard said his team “did the best we could with what we had. We tried to keep Brewer’s shots to the outside and then pick up [Brewer’s] sticks to avoid giving them second shots. After they scored their first goal, we came out of our game plan a little [and Brewer capitalized]. That happens with a young team.”