LEWISTON — With a pair of big games looming to finish the season, Wednesday’s skate with Brunswick had the makings of a classic trap game for St. Dom’s.
The Saints made sure it didn’t turn out that way.
Their stifling defense allowed only two shots on goal while their offense churned out 34 shots — and more importantly, eight goals — as the Saints downed the Dragons 8-0 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
“We came out, we just played aggressive tonight,” St. Dom’s coach Steve Ouellette said. “Obviously I think we took them a bit by surprise. They don’t see that pace every night, and it worked out for us.”
St. Dom’s is on a roll, having won four of its past five games. The lone setback was a tight, 2-1 affair against Lewiston.
“I think it’s a function of us playing big game after big game,” Ouellette said.
Brunswick, meanwhile, is still on the inside of the playoff race, and appears solidly entrenched in Eastern Class A’s top eight, which would guarantee a postseason contest. Still, the loss was the fourth consecutive setback for the Dragons.
“I thought we played pretty well in the first period,” Brunswick coach Mike Routhier said. “We let in a couple, but overall, we had good structure out there. For whatever reason, we came out flat in the second period.”
Troy Haefele led the Saints with three goals — the first three of the night — and an assist, while Kyle Holtet had a goal and three helpers. Will Desmarais, Brad Berube, Spencer Martin and Chris Tarr each added a goal for the Saints.
“It’s nice to see a guy who spent three years at the JV level and now he’s up, it’s nice to see him have success,” Ouellette said of Haefele.
The two shots St. Dom’s keeper Austin Christopher faced were the fewest he’d faced in a game all season, though one of the two saves he did make was a dandy as he flashed his right leg pad on a quick shot from the right circle. he also faced a breakaway in the first period as Matt Brooks got free behind the Saints’ defense, but his offering clipped the top of the crossbar and ricocheted into the corner.
“We did put a new system in this year, more of a layering-type system, and it’s paying off,” Ouellette said. “We’ve made it a bit of out goal now to try and keep teams down to 20 shots or less. Obviously tonight we accomplished that.”
At the other end, Brunswick starter Jason Blier stopped 10 of 14 before giving way to Blake Alexander, who finished with 16 saves on 20 shots.
Haefele started the scoring with a pair in the first, and added his third early in the second. Martin followed with his tally at 4:16 of the middle frame, Berube added another at 5:45 and Desmarais’ goal put the Saints on top by six after two periods.
Holtet’s strike came on the power play in the third, while Tarr’s was a tip late in the contest to round out the scoring.
St. Dom’s finishes the season with games against Falmouth and Edward Little.
“For us this year, pretty much all of our games have been big,” Ouellette said. “Our goal differential isn’t big, but every night is tough game after tough game. And that’s what we want.”