Saturday, January 24, 2009
BA CONTINUES TO ROLL
Bridgton Academy defeated Brewster Bulldogs 5-2 Friday evening. Bridgton played inspired hockey from start to finish. Controlling the tempo, great end zone defense and smart forechecking had BA outshooting their opponents 20-8 after the first 25 minute period. Fred Hein (North Reading, MA) started the scoring finishing a perfect backdoor pass from DJ Haskins(Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams, HS). However, all the great pressure and balance attack only saw BA up 1-0 at the break.
The second peiod started poorly for BA as Brewster connected on 2 straight power play goals. "Penalty trouble allowed Brewster to creep back into the game. They were very proficient on the power play and made us pay with those two quick goals" noted Assistant Coach Jason Leveille. Down 2-1, the BA machine went to work. Defenseman, Alex Young (Lynnfield, MA) blasted a slap shot from the point for a power play goal. Sean Travis(Scituate, MA/Bridgton Academy) then put BA up for good with his 2nd goal of the tournament. Matt Delgiudice(Oakland, ME/Messalonskee HS) and Haskins picked up the assists on Travis' goal. Brewster pulled their goal and Clemmenson scored on an empty net to seal the win. However, with 3 seconds remaining, Clemmenson scored his second goal of the game connecting a one timer from Eric Seigel(Wilmington, MA).
Steven Sisler(Plano, TX/Alliance Bulldogs) stopped 28 shots for the victory. Eric Clemmenson(Farmington, CT/Tabor Academy) and DJ Haskins(Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) continued their strong tournament play. BA has been led offensively by Clemmenson who has 6 points, Tom Paine(Superior, WI/Duluth Marshall HS) 3 points, Young 3 points and Haskins 4 points through two games. Assistant Coach Mike Meserve noted,"We have been sucessful this weekend because everyone is stepping up, everyone chipping in. If you look at the score sheet every line is producing in some way." BA finishes their preliminary bracket play with a game Saturday 3pm versus NJ Hitmen U-19 team.