Maine Hockey Journal

Top-seeded Yarmouth advances to Class B South Final

LEWISTON – The No. 1-seeded Yarmouth Clippers advanced to the Class B South Regional Final after beating the fifth-seeded Kennebunk Rams in the regional semifinal Friday night by a score of 5-1 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

The Clippers will play the Gardiner Tigers at the Colisee Wednesday night at 7:00 pm after the Tigers topped the Cape Elizabeth Capers, 5-4.

The Rams got on the board with just under 10 minutes to go in the game, but couldn’t mount a comeback against the dominant Clippers.

Boden Beveridge scored the lone goal for Kennebunk on a rebound with the goaltender lying in the net. James Ross had the initial shot on goal that caused a rebound.

With the game within two goals and their season hanging in the balance, the Rams gave up a goal to Cooper May, who roofed a puck into the net. The goal came with 1:55 remaining in the game.

Shortly after May’s goal, Joe Truesdale dished the puck to Christopher Romano, who slid the puck into the vacated net.

Walter Conrad recorded the first goal for the Clippers on a solo mission in the offensive zone. Conrad caught a pass from Christopher Romano, made a sweeping move around the defense, fired a shot at the goaltender and put the rebound home. The tally came 3:16 into the game.

“I talk about Walt being a once in a generation type player, him and Patty (Grant), they’re everything,” said Yarmouth’s coach David St. Pierre. They’re character guys, they’re heart and soul guys, they’re talent guys, they pick us up when we’re down. You can’t ask for a couple of better set of guys.”

With 7:55 to go in the first, Yarmouth added another goal with Cooper May’s perfect tip of a slap shot in front of the goalie. Owen Ramsay cranked a shot from the right point, and May was there to tip the shot between his legs and into the net.

After just seven shots on goal in the first period, Kennebunk got just four in the second.

Senior captain Patrick Grant scored the third goal of the game for Yarmouth after receiving a pass from Romano and wheeling a shot on net from the high slot. Grant’s shot slid between the legs of Kennebunk goaltender Spencer Desrochers to take the 3-0 lead into the third.

With the game out of reach for the Rams, tempers flared away from the puck when Boden Beveridge and Anders Newberg tussled. Both players received a five-minute major for fighting as well as a game misconduct. Newberg will miss the Class B South regional final on Tuesday and would miss the state championship if his team were to make it.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing for Kennebunk’s coach Sean Smith is that his team went 0-for-3 on the power play and recorded just two combined shots on the man advantages.

“We worked a lot on (penalty kill) this week in practice especially on the forecheck on the breakouts trying to shut down their flow a little bit, slow them up,” said Yarmouth’s head coach David St. Pierre. “I thought we did a really good job of compressing the box and blocking shots and attacking loose pucks.”

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