H.S. hockey: Falmouth blanks Lewiston

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Lewiston hockey coach Jamie Belleau consoles senior Bryan Hall after their 4-0 loss to Falmouth during Saturday night's Class A State Championship hockey game .

LEWISTON — A potent offense and a steady defense has added up to success this season for the Lewiston boys' hockey team.

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Lewiston's Cameron Marquis, left and Bryan Hall, right, console goaltender Evan Bourassa after time ran out during Saturday night's Class A State Championship hockey game where Falmouth beat them 4-0.

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Falmouth players celebrate after a goal by teammate Andre Clement, on the ground, right, during Saturday night's Class A State Championship hockey game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

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Lewiston athletic director Jason Fuller consoles Lewiston senior Bryan Hall at the end of Saturday night's 4-0 loss to Falmouth during the Class A State Championship hockey game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

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Falmouth's Hugh Grygiel, right celebrates the first goal of the game by his teammate, Andrew Emple, left during Saturday night's Class A State Championship hockey game between Lewiston and Falmouth.

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Lewiston's Ethan Melvin and Falmouth's Tyler Jordan battle for a loose puck during Saturday night's Class A State Championship hockey game between Lewiston and Falmouth.

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Lewiston's Kyle Lemelin, right and Falmouth's Alden Bohrmann battle for the puck during Saturday night's Class A State Championship hockey game between Lewiston and Falmouth.

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Lewiston goalie Evan Bourassa makes a save on Falmouth's Kris Samaras during the second period of Saturday night's Class A State Championship hockey game between Lewiston and Falmouth.

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Lewiston goalie Evan Bourassa, left, watches in horror as the puck heads to the goal on the first of two goals by Falmouth's Andre Clement as the Yachtsmen beat the Devils 4-0 to capture the Class A State Championship hockey game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston Saturday night.

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Lewiston goalie Evan Bourassa prepares to make a save on a deflected shot by Falmouth's William Mullin during Saturday night's Class A State Championship hockey game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

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Lewiston goalie Evan Bourassa makes the initial save on Falmouth's Andre Clement, but the Yachtsmen slid the rebound in for his second goal during Saturday night's 4-0 victory to capture the Class A State Championship at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

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Falmouth players and coaches celebrate after beating Lewiston 4-0 in Saturday night's Class A State Championship hockey game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

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Falmouth players and coaches celebrate after beating Lewiston 4-0 in Saturday night's Class A State Championship hockey game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Saturday night, Falmouth changed that equation.

The Yachtsmen won their first Class A state title with a 4-0 win over the Blue Devils at packed Colisee.

Falmouth seized control of the game and built an early lead with a goal. The Yachtsmen then broke the game open with a pair of quick tallies in the third.

It is the sixth straight loss for Lewiston in the state game after winning in 2002.

"We got outplayed," said Lewiston coach Jamie Belleau. "It's as simple as that. It's tough. I'm proud of our kids. It's disappointing. We were on a roll. We'll learn from this as a program and hopefully get better."

Falmouth earned the victory by shutting down the Lewiston offense and putting pressure on the Blue Devil defense. The two strengths of the Lewiston playoff run were effectively challenged by Falmouth's strong play.

"We wanted to set the tone and get the puck in deep and get a lot of shots on net and generate our offense from there," said junior forward Andre Clement. "We've played a lot of games here, and its always been sort of a second home rink. The key was to just get the puck deep in all situations. If we didn't have something we'd get it deep. That's how we generated our offense."

Clement had a pair of goals, both in the third period. Andrew Emple had the first tally and Isaac Nordstrom added an empty-netter at the end.

"They did what we expected," said Belleau. "I take my hat off to their team. I've been telling our boys all week that they're really strong defensively and that we're going to really have to do something to generate offense. That's what they did. I think people overlooked how good they are defensively."

Lewiston entered the game having scored 24 goals in the three tourney games, including nine total between the three first periods. Falmouth held the Blue Devils to just 17 shots as junior goalie Dane Pauls posted the shutout.

"That was our game plan the entire playoffs, take away scoring opportunities as often as we can and capitalize when we get the chance," said Falmouth coach Deron Barton.

Barton had said coming into the game that playing a solid game of possession hockey would allow his team to dictate play and keep Lewiston from mounting the kind of consistent scoring attack it had done in previous games.

"It's a matter of playing positions and expecting they're going to come hard," said Barton. "We got comfortable with it and were able to handle the puck under pressure. We practice that all week."

Both teams skated hard and created some chances early. The shots were 3-3 as the teams got settled in. As the opening period went on, Falmouth began to establish itself.

"We knew we were going to have to fend them off for at least half the period," said Barton. "They lost their wind a little bit and dodged a couple of bullets at the end."

Falmouth took the lead with 3:55 left in the first. The Yachtsmen had Lewiston hemmed in and the Blue Devils couldn't get a line change or get the puck cleared. It led to Kris Samaras maneuvering around behind the net and setting up Emple for a wrister to the top of the net.

After being outshot 8-3 in the first, Lewiston picked up the pace in the second and started getting better shots. 

Matt Poulin had a bid in close that went wide. Patrick Deblois and Bryan Hall created a nice rush, but a centering pass by Deblois couldn't get put on net. Kyle Lemelin had a shot that Poulin tried to redirect in front. Evan Gosselin had a shot at the right post that Pauls made the stop on.

"They did a good job shutting us down," said Belleau. "No excuses about it. Even when we generated offense, a lot of the shots were from the outside. You've got to give them the credit."

Despite failing to finish in the second, Lewiston had played a little stronger and had built some momentum. The Blue Devils still went into the third well within reach.

That optimism changed in a hurry. Falmouth got a Clement goal just 44 seconds into the third and added another at 4:35.

"We made some adjustment in the second period," said Belleau. "It was disappointing not scoring a goal. We beat them in the second period, and we were down a goal going into the third. Then they scored a quick one on a bounce. That kind of took the wind out of our sails. After that second goal, it changed the dynamic of the game."

The second goal came off a face-off at the right circle. Lewiston goalie Evan Bourassa, who finished with 17 saves, made an initial stop but couldn't control or clear the puck. A scramble ensued and Clement was there to pop in the rebound.

"I was in the right spot," said Clement. "I pulled it back and tried to jam it into the crease. I got lucky. I think it hit off his pad or off someone's skate."

Then Falmouth caught Lewiston up ice. A Jack Pike pass in the neutral zone sprung Clement for a breakway. He initially lost the touch of the puck but still managed to get a touch on it.

"I sort of fumbled it, and I ended up pulling it to my forehand and just shoved it into the far post," Clement said. "I got lucky on that one too. It just barely went in."

Lewiston called a time out late in the period and tried to generate a rally, but Nordstrom finished things off into an empty net with 2:22 left.

"We let down in the second period," said Barton. "We came into the room after the period, and I didn't say a thing. They knew exactly how to fix it. We came out and tried to get the puck deep and good things happened."

kmills@sunjournal.com

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Pirate and Hobbs

I don't often agree with Mr St. Jean and Mr. Hobbs.. but they're dead on. Lewiston had a great year and may have overachieved taking such a young team to a state final.. and yes, youth hockey is alive and well. It is a tough pill to swallow as i know too well losing in two state championships myself for Lewiston.. and I really feel for the seniors. But fortunately this is a team full of players returning next year.. including Bourrassa who had an excellent playoff run. Hopefully next years team takes this loss and uses it as motivation. In my opinion having watched Lewiston lose in their last 6 consecutive state final appearances.. I feel they haven't been coming out with enough intensity. Last night they were out played and out hustled. The former is fine, when you up against a better team.. but the hustle factor is what was disapointing to me. That was a State Championship game.. I didn't feel they played with the urgency and determination that the stage deserves.
Fortunately a majority of the team will have a chance to redeem themselves in '14.
#21 for the Blue Devils is proving to be a tough task.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Like one of the Lewiston

Like one of the Lewiston players was quoted as saying in yesterday's Journal, "It all depends on who shows up."
How right he was. Apparently, Falmouth came to win it. You just never know in Hockey. Lewiston put up a good fight, but it just wasn't enough. But, hey, they played in the Class A State Championship game. Being the second best team in the state is nothing to be ashamed of. Great season, guys. Go get 'em next year.

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I assume that with this loss,

I assume that with this loss, we will see another article from the Sun Journal about how hockey in Lewiston is done. Just like what was ran a couple years ago after losing in the State Championship game.

Lewiston will forever be one of the best teams in the state, our players are pretty much bred at a young age to play hockey. If you want proof look no further then Lewistion Youth Hockey, which continues to be one of the largest in the state.

Anyways, tough lose and hard pill to swallow. The players have no need to hold their heads down, they made it to the biggest stage in high school hockey, know what it is like and see the level of competition is like. With such a young group of kids I think it's safe to say they will be in the same position next year.

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