AUBURN – It wasn’t a 12-goal blowout this time, but St. Dom’s will take the win all the same.

Alex Tyburski scored two goals in his first game back from injury and Max Wiley made 13 saves to lift St. Dom’s to a 4-2 win over rival Edward Little at Ingersoll Arena on Saturday.

“It wasn’t 15-3 like last time,” Tyburski said, “but hopefully this starts the winning for us as we get closer to the playoffs.”

Ben Randall and Casey Parker also had goals for the Saints (9-8-1), who have two games left in the regular season.

“The small things that we need to do well going into the playoffs, the penalty killing, the defense, they’re starting to work properly,” St. Dom’s coach John Pleau said.

The Saints’ defense held the Eddies (8-10-1) to just three shots in the first period, and again in the third. When the Eddies did break through for eight in the second – including three breakaways – Wiley made the necessary stops.

“He played super for us,” Pleau said of his goaltender. “There weren’t many shots, but they were mostly from in close, and to stop two of three breakaways against the snipers that they have, that’s a great night.”

For Edward Little, the loss continues a trend coach Craig Latuscha is hoping will quickly reverse itself.

“We’ve been going in the wrong direction for a bit now,” Latuscha said. “We had a better game tonight, and I hope we can build off of this going forward.”

The Eddies scored a pair of power play goals Saturday, but wished they could have scored more, going just 2-for-10 with the extra skater.

“The power play was a bit off tonight, even if we did get two,” Latuscha said.

Tyburski’s first of the game at 11:03 of the first period was the lone goal in a tight-checking affair. EL netminder Adam Loudermilk turned aside eight of nine shots in that period.

In the second, EL evened the score just 30 seconds in on its first power-play goal, a shot from Matt Nyholm at the right point that deflected off of Billy Brewster in front and skittered past Wiley.

St. Dom’s answered right back at 1:38 on Tyburski’s second goal, killing the Eddies’ momentum.

“Dustin (Oberlander) made a great move behind the net,” Tyburski said. “I was battling hard in front with my defender, I got position on him and the puck came right to me.”

“That ruined our momentum,” Latuscha said. “We started to get content after our goal.”

The Saints rattled off two more goals in the next 5:29 to jump out to a 4-1 lead, and held that until 5:47 remained in the game.

Shawn Hird made it 4-2 with a breakaway goal as he cherry-picked behind the Saints’ defense with the Eddies on a power play.

Edward Little finishes its schedule Monday with a game against Lisbon/Oak Hill, while St. Dom’s will travel to face Thornton Academy on Monday and host Scarborough at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in its season finale Tuesday.


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