BA played their final IJHL Showcase Game Sunday evening against the Maine Moose. This was the second game these played in as many weeks. BA squeaked out a 5-4 OT win in the first contest.
The Wolverines came out for the first period slow. They allowed the Moose room to skate and didn't finish many checks along the boards. However, the Wolverines played tight end zone defense, limited the Moose to just 6 shots. BA answered with 12 shots of their own, but were only able to crack the Moose goalie once. Evan Schwender (Saunderstown, RI) banged in a rebound for a power play goal. "Evan had two players hanging on his back attempting to move him. He stood his ground and outworked them for his first goal of the season" said Head Coach Jonathan Lounsbury.Even with all the offense pressure, BA was down 2-1 going into the first break. Bridgton recognize the need to come out with some extra effort.
The second half was a totally different story. BA put 17 shots on the Moose, while limiting them to 9. Defenseman Dave Stevens (Lynn, MA) scored the equalizer on a blast from the point which beat the Moose goalie on the short side. It was Stevens first goal of the season. With a fresh step and a determined effort, BA capitalized with two more power play goals. First, David Findley (Hamden, CT) scored his first goal of the season winning another battle around the net. Aaron Semiao (North Reading, MA) iced the win with his 3rd goal of the season. Semiao took a feed wheeled in from the off wing and sniped a shot into the upper right corner, just under the crossbar. "We started playing with confidence as the game progressed. When we play with composure, our skills take over and make us a very difficult team to defend" said Assistant Coach Mike Meserve.
Bridgton will be home Friday evening October 16 for a 7:30pm game against the Eastern Kodiaks. BA will then travel to Exeter, NH to play the Kodiaks Saturday 8:30pm. The Wolverines record currently stands at 5-0 with 38 games left to go.