Both of the Bridgton Academy hockey teams took the ice in their home openers this weekend. The Jr. B Hockey team played a very evenly matched game against The University of New Hampshire’s Club 2 team which ended in a 3-3 tie. Todd Brow (Winslow, ME) put BA on the board when he completed a pass from Ryan Dooley (Topsfield, MA) and Sean Yule (West Newton, MA). Sam Parent (Hinesburg, VT) then came out strong for BA’s second goal of the night with assists from John Delpadre (North Providence, RI) and Tim Marshall (Hull, MA). Dooley then tied up the game when he scored an unassisted shorthanded goal to keep BA in the game.
While the game ended in a tie, it well played and there was effort from all ends of the team. Coach Mike Meserve was very pleased with the outcome. "Solid effort for our first game. UNH Club is an outstanding program and I thought we skated with them the entire game. We brought a good combination of intelligence and intensity. The second period we were a little tired and couldn't keep the high tempo of the first period," said Meserve.
The Jr. A team took the ice against St. Foye and split the pair of games. While the first one was a close game, St. Foye was able to sneak away with a 3-2 win. Dan Cushing (Wilmington, MA) scored BA’s first goal of the night with assists from Dan Concannon (Everett, MA) and Brendan Moore (Springfield, MA). Brad McGovern (Haverhill, MA) scored BA’s second with assists from Moore and Concannon. Brad Cray (Raleigh, NC) played between the pipes for BA and save 28 of the 31 shots on goal.
In the second game however, BA came out strong and ready to turn things around. Their determination resulted in a nice 5-2 win. Alex Bartlett (South Burlington, VT) started off the offensive attack with assists by Tyler Albano (Beverly, MA) and Ryan Kulik (Pembroke, MA). McGovern added a second goal off of passes from Moore and DJ Sullivan (Burlington, MA). Bartlett added his second of the night with an assist from Marco Spisso (Highland Falls, NY). Albano added a goal to his points when he finished off a pass from Ryan Donovan (Bridgewater, MA). McGovern netted BA’s fifth and final goal of the night with assists from Ryan Menard (Ashland, MA) and Concannon. Will Husic (Glastonbury, CT) played goal for the Wolverines and saved 22 of the 25 shots that came his way.
Coach Lounsbury didn’t have much to say after the game, but was happy with the performance. “The boys had a great weekend against a very skilled and disciplined team from Quebec. We are getting better every day and look forward to our next game,” said Lounsbury.
Both teams have games coming on October 16th. The Jr. A team will play The Eastern Kodiaks at the Haam Arena in North Conway, NH at 6:00 PM. The Jr B team will travel to play the Lewiston Maniacs U-18AAA at 6:30 P.M.