AUBURN — After a listless first period, the St. Dom’s hockey team certainly made up for it in the second.
The Saints went 4-for-4 on the power play and outshot the Edward Little Red Eddies 20-4 in the middle period en route to a 10-1 win at Ingersoll Arena.
Early in the second period, Red Eddies captain Jared Pelletier was whistled for boarding. Pelletier would be lost for another minor later in the period for a hit from behind and had to serve a 10-minute misconduct.
St. Dom’s defenseman Cam Hainey capitalized seconds later. After collecting a pass at the left point, the senior backliner quickly skated toward the middle of the blue line and whistled a low-lining slap shot past EL netminder Alan Nelson (24 saves).
Less than one minute later, EL’s Drew Lupardo went off to the box. This time it was Spencer Martin burying the power-play goal. After wrestling the puck out of a scrum in front of the EL goal, he induced Nelson to drop to his knees before depositing the puck on his forehand for a 2-0 lead.
Following an Edward Little (10-7-1) power-play goal off the backhand of Brandon Dyer, the Saints (12-6) would collect two more power-play goals before the end of the period. Both times it was Hainey igniting the offense.
First, the wide open Hainey blasted a low slapper that was re-directed into the goal in front by Danny Nadeau. Later, Chris Finlay pounced on an errant shot off the boards behind the EL goal by Hainey. He quickly popped the puck into the goal and the Saints led 4-1.
“It was just hard work,” Hainey said of the Saints’ success with the man advantage. “We all did what we needed to do. We were all passing. I try to get open and everyone’s always moving. That’s our game.”
The Saints continued the onslaught on back-up netminder Brady Ouellette (12 saves) in the third, scoring six more times, including three within a 41-second span along with another power-play tally.
“We didn’t practice yesterday,” St. Dom’s coach Steve Ouellette said. “I thought we came out sluggish in the first. Once we got the second or third goal, we found our legs.”
After holding an 8-3 edge in shots after the first 15 minutes, the Saints peppered the Edward Little goalies for 38 attempts on net over the final two periods while allowing just six shots in that time frame.
In the third, Troy Haefele added a pair of goals, with Martin, Nadeau and Finlay each adding another. Cody Rodrique also scored.