One year ago, winning two games in a row would have been cause for celebration in the Edward Little boys’ hockey locker room.

Multiply that by three and that’s what the Eddies have going right now in Eastern Class A

With a 4-1 victory over Deering on Monday, Edward Little earned its sixth consecutive victory and lifted its record to 9-3.

“The kids are playing very well right now,” EL coach Craig Latuscha said. “They’re all on board with the system, they’re working doing some extra conditioning, and the underclassmen are starting to get bigger and understand the game better.”

Much has been made this season of all-star forward Mat Gordon, but the team’s secondary scoring has also been a big reason for the team’s success. Drew Lupardo, Dylan Nadeau, Jared Pelletier and Cody Russell have all eclipsed the 10-point mark for the Eddies.

“We’ve been a very young team these last couple of years,” Latuscha said. “This is my third year now with this junior class, and they’ve really come a long way.”

Edward Little’s last loss was a 5-2 setback to Auburn rival St. Dom’s, which posted three goals in the first period before EL played the Saints evenly in the final two periods. Since then, the Eddies have defeated Brunswick (4-0), Cony (3-2), Messalonskee (4-1), Deering (4-1) and Mt. Ararat twice (by a combined 16-2).

Hornets busy

With the rain falling in sheets Monday, plenty of people around the region were thankful the precipitation wasn’t falling in the form of yet another snow storm.

Count the Leavitt Hornets’ girls’ hockey team among them.

With the final week of the girls’ regular season upon us, the Hornets had some unfinished business to tend to. Including a tilt against Winslow on Monday, Leavitt had yet to play five of its 18 scheduled regular-season contests. Home games with Winslow (Monday), Brunswick (Wednesday) and St. Dom’s (Saturday), and a pair of road games (Yarmouth on Tuesday, Falmouth on Thursday) made it nearly impossible for the squad to get in any practice time as the playoff approached.

“No practice this week. We just have too many games because of makeups,” Leavitt coach Christine Vincent said. 

With five games to play, the Hornets are still in the hunt for the top seed in the Eastern conference after splitting the season series with division-leading Lewiston.

The D’s have it

There is plenty of talk about Lewiston boys’ goaltender Cam Poussard — and with good reason, with his 1.09 GAA and .944 save percentage — but the other big piece to the team’s success has been its overall defensive play.

“Cam’s an all-state goaltender. We believe that, and we have from the beginning of the year,” Lewiston coach Jamie Belleau said. “We knew coming into the year that we were going to have a hard time scoring goals, so we knew we needed to be strong defensively, and while that starts with Cam, the rest of the team, all five guys on the ice at a time, has done well, too.”

The injury bug dealt Lewiston a blow early in the season when Matt Melanson, one of the team’s top blueliners, left with an injury in the opening game.

“He’s done for the year,” Belleau said, and our defensemen really stepped up and filled in for him, and they’ve done a great job.”

Belleau said he’s rolling four or five defensemen on a regular basis, depending on the game or speed of the game, and it’s working out pretty well. Through Monday’s action, Lewiston was 9-2-0 and leading Eastern Class A by a healthy margin.


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