AUBURN — St. Dominic Academy scored three goals in the first five minutes of the third period to pull away from short-handed Cheverus for a 6-0 Class A boys’ hockey victory at Norway Savings Bank Arena on Saturday.

Lucas Pushard opened the scoring for the Saints (8-4-1) with just over a minute left in the opening period, slipping a shot from the left circle inside the right post. Zack Pelletier had fed Pushard before he rushed up the left boards.

The Stags (6-8) had a couple solid chances to tie the game in the second, but St. Dom’s goalie Gaston Fuksa stopped both Alex Brewer and Jackson Header on counter-attack rushes.

“We rely on him too much sometimes,” Saints assistant Richard Paradis said. “You know, he’s so good for us, and he bails us out of a lot of games.”

Jacob Lewis doubled the Saints’ lead on the power play with four minutes left in the middle period by redirecting Will Fletcher’s point shot past Cheverus goalie Bryson Pomerleau.

“We don’t get a whole lot of power-play opportunities, but when we do we seem to capitalize,” Paradis said.

The Saints converted on the man-advantage again less than two minutes into the third. Lewis finished at the left post. The goal was set up by Jaden Webster and Dom Chasse.

Chasse and Fletcher then scored 37 seconds apart in the fifth minute of the period to turn on the rout. Murphy Randall assisted on Chasse’s goal, while Matt Fletcher and Ben Gosselin notched helpers on Will Fletcher’s tally.

“I said (before the third period), ‘You know, let’s get a few goals on the board here and coast,’” Paradis said.

Jeremy Phelan rounded out the scoring with 3:22 left. Michael Cilley and Webster had the assists.

Fuksa made 13 saves for the shutout, while Pomerleau stopped 29 of the 35 shots he faced.

“I thought he was great,” Cheverus coach Mike Carmody said of Pomerleau. “He made the saves he should have made. Some of those second-chance goals, not much he could do on.”

The Stags only had 10 skaters healthy for the game, and lost two at points during the game. Carmody said “it becomes quite a challenge” to keep up with a St. Dom’s team that can run four forward lines.

The Saints were also short-handed, as head coach Bob Parker missed the game with an illness.

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