Lewiston scored six goals in just over nine minutes in the second period to rally in a big way past Edward Little for a 10-2 victory in a Class A North boys’ hockey clash at Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Saturday night.

The Blue Devils (9-1) couldn’t hit anything in the first period, firing shots seemingly everywhere but on frame. The Red Eddies (7-5) took advantage by getting the first successful shot into the back of the net. Colby Bilodeau slithered through the Lewiston defense and beat goalie Jacob Strout with 2:36 left in the first period.

“We had plenty of chances, but they weren’t quality chances,” Lewiston coach Jamie Belleau said of the first period. “It’s frustrating, but you got to put that in perspective. We’re playing EL. You can’t take any team lightly, particularly when you play EL or St. Dom’s. EL’s got a good team.”

Bilodeau’s goal was one that eluded Edward Little in a 10-0 loss to the Blue Devils in Auburn earlier in the season.

“Before we started this game, we had a long week to prepare for a game of this caliber, against a really good hockey team that’s got a lot of talent and a lot of depth,” EL coach Craig Latuscha said. “We had a game plan and we followed it the first period, and it was a pretty good period.”

The first-period goal that eluded Lewiston finally came with 23.6 seconds left. Jeromey Rancourt scored on the power play to even things up 1-1 heading into the second period.

The middle period belonged all to Lewiston. Alex Rivet opened the scoring 2:12 into the period, and Kyle Morin added a goal of his own 63 seconds later. Sam Frechette made it 4-1, then Morin, Alex Robert and Rivet combined for three goals in just over two minutes to bury the Red Eddies.

“We made a few adjustments in the second period. We actually changed the lines up,” Belleau said. “I thought for the first 11 minutes of the second period, before we got into penalty trouble, we were moving the puck as good as we did all year.”

Edward Little ended the period on a slightly positive note, with Bilodeau scoring his second goal of the game on a 5-on-3 power play with less than a minute left.

The Red Eddies carried that two-man advantage into the third period, but no comeback ensued. Lewiston just pulled further away, getting goals from Frechette, Rancourt and Morin to equal the season-high 10 goals the Blue Devils scored against their rivals in the season’s first matchup.

Latuscha found a positive note in that his team was able to get closer to its riavl, and saw flashes of better play in the third.

“We have to play better than that obviously,” Latuscha said. “We’re going to move on, we’re going to move forward. We got a difficult schedule this year. Going through adversity and dealing with this is hopefully going to make us better.”

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