Biddeford’s Colin Petit takes the puck down the ice as Nick Farnham of Falmouth moves in on defense Saturday during their Class A South semifinal at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. (Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald)
LEWISTON — Biddeford couldn’t shake Falmouth for three periods, but the defending regional champion Yachtsmen couldn’t shake the Tigers in three games this season.
Trevor Ouellette scored 2:31 into overtime for third-seeded Biddeford, which finished off No. 2 Falmouth 5-4 in a Class A South boys’ hockey semifinal at Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Saturday.
It was the third win of the season for the Tigers (14-6) over the Yachtsmen (12-6-1).
Ouellette backhanded a shot that found its way over the right leg of Falmouth goalie Sam Kidder, and Biddeford now finds itself in the regional final for the first time since 2011.
“We talked about getting pucks on the freshman,” Biddeford coach Jason Tremblay said. “He’s a good goalie, he makes the first save, and we keep talking that we got to get to the five-foot areas, and that was the difference tonight. We got to the five-foot areas. And you know what? So did they. We said whoever can get there more is going to win the game, and we had the last tip.”
“It’s one of those things, it had eyes,” Falmouth coach Deron Barton said. “Nine times out of 10 that puck bounces off his pad, goes to the corner. It hits a buckle and goes in this time.”
The Tigers struck first, getting a goal from Curtis Petit that slipped past Kidder less than four minutes in. Jacob Skillin-Lanou answered for the Yachtsmen three minutes later, slapping a rebound of an Owen Drummey shot out of the air and into the back of the net.
Biddeford took advantage of two early power plays in the second, scoring on both. Nick McSorley broke the tie 2:21 into the period, and Trenton Ouellette scored off a faceoff 5:37 in to make it 3-1.
“We didn’t help ourselves early, and in a single-elimination tournament like this you can’t afford any time off,” Barton said. “You got to win three periods.”
Both Kidder and Biddeford goalie Owen Sullivan made breakaway saves late in the period to keep in 3-1 entering the third. Colin Lavigne also made a defensive save in front of the Tigers’ net with Sullivan down on the ice.
The Yachtsmen cut the deficit to one when Brendan Hickey’s dump-in from just inside the red line went off Sullivan and in, but Logan Magnant responded for Biddeford two minute later to regain the two-goal lead.
Hickey scored on a power play with less than six minutes to play, moments after he couldn’t convert on a 5-on-3 chance, and Louis Mainella tied the game with 3:09 remaining in regulation.
“We got those two penalties and you know, you just feel like they’re going to get one. And they did. Then they got another one,” Tremblay said.
All four of Falmouth’s goals were scored by seniors.
“Our leadership stepped up, got it done,” Barton said.
Sullivan made 25 saves for the win, while Kidder stopped 18 shots.
“You can’t blame it on him. He made some incredible saves during regulation and early in OT,” Barton said. “A couple saves on the power play that were just absolutely amazing, and kept us in it, gave us a chance to come back and a chance to win the game.”