Lewiston provides a tough test for Messalonskee in season finale

Oct. 15—LEWISTON — Lewiston box hockey trainer Jenessa Talarico stated the Blue Devils are made up of a resilient bunch of gamers.

In their ultimate sport of the season, they made Messalonskee paintings for each and every purpose of its 3-0 victory at Don Roux Field.

“(The players knew) win, lose, we aren’t making the playoffs,” Talarico stated. “We had nothing to lose, it was the seniors’ last game — let’s go out there and play hard for the seniors. They did that.”

Messalonskee trainer Katie Brann stated the Blue Devils made issues tricky for the Eagles.

“Lewiston played really hard; you could see they were fighting for their seniors tonight,” Brann stated. “We did our best against them, but I am really impressed with how Lewiston played tonight.”

Brann stated Lewiston stepped up and challenged the Eagles on 50-50 balls.

Talarico stated the Devils are shedding two gamers from the beginning lineup, goalie Kim McLaughlin and defender Julie Perkins. The hope for the returning gamers is to paintings on the main points earlier than subsequent season.

“Just (improve) on the little things and stick skills in general,” Talarico stated. “We lost a lot of close games this season, and it really comes down to the little things of being calm under pressure and the stick skills. If we do that in the offseason, they will come ready to go next year.”

Messalonskee’s (10-3) first purpose of the sport was once its first of the week, after a 4-0 loss to Oxford Hills on Monday and a 3-0 loss to Skowhegan on Wednesday. Before Friday’s sport, the final time the Eagles scored was once in a 1-0 win in opposition to Bangor on Oct. 5.

Senior Isabel Culver put the Eagles up 1-0 early in the hole quarter Friday.

“It has been a long week, very challenging, it was nice to put some (shots) in the back of the net,” Brann stated.

Lewiston (2-12) flipped the sector later in the primary quarter and put two photographs on purpose, however Messalonskee goalie Nealey Dillon stopped each photographs.

The Blue Devils maintained the momentum by means of controlling ownership in early the second one quarter however had few probabilities to position the ball in opposition to the cage whilst in the circle.

“They definitely didn’t give up; they had some good looks. Unfortunately, they didn’t hit the back of the net,” Talarico stated. “But I do think they had some great opportunities against a very good defense.”

Messalonskee began to regain ownership in the center of the second one quarter, and sophomore ahead Chloe Michaud fired a shot previous McLaughlin for a 2-0 lead.

Michaud stated the Eagles did a excellent process speaking and that result in one of the vital objectives.

“We made sure to talk to each other constantly, and we made sure to spread out (on the field) and cut (to the ball),” Michaud stated.

Lewiston had a possibility with a minute last in the second one quarter however the ball went out of bounds after it went into the circle.

Alyson Violette jammed the ball into the purpose, extending the Eagles’ result in 3-0 with about 5 mins last in the 3rd quarter. It got here off Messalonskee’s 3rd consecutive penalty nook.

Messalonskee loves to hit its combatants with a balanced assault, as evidenced by means of the 3 other scorers Friday.

“Our scoring has been really balanced this year, so we have a lot of different threats up there (playing forward),” Brann stated.

The Blue Devils began the fourth quarter with 3 consecutive corners of their very own however best controlled one shot on purpose in that series.

Lewiston had a shot pass extensive with beneath 3 mins last in the fourth quarter.

“I kept relaying to them: Don’t give up; it’s the last game of the season — play hard to the final whistle,” Talarico stated. “Leave on a good note, not on a negative note, and they didn’t let anymore (goals in during the fourth quarter). They did their job in that sense.”

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