Red Hornets’ Sophia Hartley takes the puck down the ice during Wednesday night’s game in Auburn. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

AUBURN  Puck possession.

That was the key for the Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland Red Hornets on Wednesday night in a 2-1 victory over Brunswick at Norway Savings Bank Arena.

The Red Hornets outshot the Dragons 36-6, with Hannah Wentworth making 34 saves for Brunswick. McKenzi Horton made five saves for the Red Hornets, but earned the game puck as she earned her first career win in net after picking up the sport this season.

“I thought (Brunswick) has come a long way from last year, they have good goaltending and it was a good matchup,” Red Hornets coach Dana Berube said. “It’s a short season, but I thought all the kids got good competition tonight, which is good to see.”

The Red Hornets jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Caroline Audette scored 10 minutes into the first period. Caroline Tracy had the assist with the initial shot.

Red Hornets’ Caroline Audette shoots the puck at the goal during Wednesday night’s game in Auburn. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

“We needed to be smart with the puck and be there for rebounds,” Audette said. “That’s how we scored off a rebound.”

Up to that point the Red Hornets dominated the territorial edge, but the Dragons responded shortly after giving up the goal. Greta White was able to beat Horton at the 11:45 mark of the first period.

“It was a good bounce-back, the kids didn’t hang their heads,” Brunswick coach Mike Routhier said. “They gave a little extra to tie that game up.”

Sophia Castagna had the only penalty of the second period, which came 54 seconds in. The Red Hornets junior defenseman made up for it late in the period as she ripped a shot past Wentworth with under two minutes remaining in the middle frame.

“I thought it was a well-played shot, didn’t go too high, kept it six to eight inches off the ice,” Berube said. “Let’s face it, their goalie had a lot of good saves. We had to work hard for those two goals.”

Wentworth kept the Dragons in the game with a couple of key saves early in the third period to keep Brunswick down 2-1.

Brunswick had a power play midway through the third period, but couldn’t really generate much offense on their second power-play chance. They had their first shot on goal of the frame 12:30 into the third period.

Red Hornets’ Eve Martineau pushes the puck past Brunswick’s Lily Hatrick during Wednesday night’s game in Auburn. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal Buy this Photo


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