KENTS HILL – At this stage of the high school hockey season, it’s not so much whether you win or lose, it’s how you bounce back.

On the heels of its first loss of the Class B campaign, Leavitt Area High School showed the kind of short-term memory loss Saturday that special seasons are made of. The Hornets took out their frustration on the winless Maranacook Black Bears, 10-0, at Alfond Center.

Perennial power Cape Elizabeth put a damper on Leavitt’s most prolific start ever with a 10-4 midweek thumping.

The Hornets lost more than a game that night. They lost their cool, acquiring two game misconducts and additional, coach-imposed penalties that left them three starters short for Saturday’s matinee.

“They’ve got the talent, and I have faith in them,” said Leavitt coach Ron Rouillard. “Now they have to learn the discipline. They got upset about one game and I had to say, OK, guys, we’ve still got another 15 to go.'”

Only a dozen skaters were left with the privilege of wearing a green sweater in the first game after that mild meltdown. All but two of them scored at least one point in this one-sided, get-well gift for Leavitt (6-1).

Justin Rouillard, Nick Bourgoin and Evan Longchamps each lit the lamp twice. Scott Redmun, John Nelson, Justin Kent and Steve Rouillard got into the act with a goal apiece, while Chad Perry, Tyler Robitaille and Chris Cloutier all put their names in the assist column.

Maranacook goalies Kyle Vorpagel and Bryan Wallace combined for 44 saves as the winless Black Bears dropped their seventh straight.

“We’ve got a lot of forward talent,” said Justin Rouillard, a Leavitt co-captain. “We hoped to come out a lot stronger today. (Cape) was a rough game.”

Leavitt broke it open with five second-period goals, the first on an early power play and the rest in a late span of less than four minutes.

Bourgoin, Longchamps and Nelson struck in quick succession to make it a 5-0 lead and chase gutsy starting goaltender Vorpagel. Justin Rouillard greeted Wallace with his second goal.

“That’s kind of like our last game was for us,” coach Rouillard said. “We played well for a period and a half. Then all hell broke loose.”

It wasn’t until less than four minutes remained in the first period that Leavitt’s total territorial domination paid dividends.

Justin Rouillard put the Hornets in front at 11:05.

Maranacook defenders C.J. Hicks, Bubba Martin, Mike Brennan, Nick Ponti and Mike Leimbach collaborated with Vorpagel and kept the early onslaught to a bare minimum.

Leavitt goalie Richard Thibault could have used a recliner and a bucket of a popcorn in a one-save first period, but Maranacook picked up the pace briefly in the second before Leavitt’s flurry. Thibault finished with 12 saves.

“He’s only a sophomore, and he’s good,” said Justin Rouillard. “I think he faced 50 shots against Cape. He didn’t see much today.”


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