LEWISTON — A quick start and steady play from the goal cage out were all that Biddeford needed.
Playing on a neutral surface that was also the site of the Tigers’ two state championship victories in 2007 and 2008, Trevor Fleurent netted a pair of goals and Matt Roy made 26 saves to record the shutout as top-ranked Biddeford ousted No. 2 Thornton Academy in a 3-0 victory at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee to earn for the Tigers the 2010 Western Class A regional crown.
Both of Fleurent’s goals came on the power play, one each in the first and third periods, and Travis Guay had the other for the Tigers.
Fleurent gave his team an early lead, converting on his team’s sixth shot on goal at 4:29 of the opening frame on the team’s first power-play opportunity. Fleurent finished a series of solid passing around the perimeter with a rocket of a wrist shot from the left point that hit Hebb in the paddle and popped into the cage behind him.
Thornton Academy failed on its first power-play chance of the night, and Biddeford rode the momentum of that penalty kill going the other way. Travis Guay picked up a loose puck at his own blue line on a defensive bobble and raced the other way. He reached the right circle in front of Hebb, put his head down and blasted a slap shot into the top left corner of the cage to put the Tigers on top by two.
The Trojans had all the chances through the first half of the middle frame, benefiting from a pair of power plays to launch 11 shots at Roy.
None of them went in.
The Tigers thought they’d pushed the lead to three at 12:30 of the second, but officials ruled the goal was the result of a hand pass. Biddeford played sound defense with the teams skating 5-on-5, though it generated little offense, managing just three shots in the period.
Fleurent’s power play tally early in the third did move the score to 3-0, which is where it stayed the rest of the frame.