Gorham, ME – The mood was perfect for Noble as they shot the lights out at the USM Ice Arena on Saturday night, recording an astounding eight goals, including four straight to begin the contest, on their way to the 8-3 victory against Bonny Eagle.
Senior forwards Jesse Cotty and David Sullivan were involved with the first goal six minutes in, as Cotty received the pass from Sullivan.
“Our coach really specifies coming out quickly and making the momentum swing with us,” Sullivan said.
The Knights were relentless on their attack tonight, attacking the Scots from the very get go. Sullivan would go on to score an unassisted goal to push the lead to 2-0.
“We came out fast in the first period and put some pressure and I think that set the tone,” Noble Head Coach Keith St. Cyr said.
Noble defenseman Dana Woodworth and forward William Rodden contributed first period goals to push the Knights early lead to four goals. Defenseman Spencer Goodrich, Cotty and Woodworth were given credit for assists.
“Something we do in practice is making sure we do the small things right against a weaker team. We came out tonight and did the simple things correctly,” Sullivan said.
Bonny Eagle woke up to begin the second period, getting a goal from defenseman Connor Shields courtesy of a Josh Bagley assist.
This night belonged to the Knights, as they didn’t let Bonny Eagle back into the game for one moment.
Sullivan added a shorthanded goal with 5:17 gone in the second period. His shot was placed high over Scots goalie Garret McElrath. Forward Mikyle Ricker received credit for the assist.
Cotty would add another goal one minute after Sullivan’s shorthanded score. Woodworth was given the assist.
The Scots showed some frustration late in the second period, as forward Nic Bishop and a Noble player were engaged in some trash talking. Bishop tried going after the Noble player, but was turned away by one of the referees. Bishop was given a game disqualification for the incident, which included him slamming his stick on the ice as well as on the tarp on the way back to the locker room.
Less than one minute later, forward Chulliann Kelly put the puck past McElrath for the power play goal. Kayleigh Trepanier was in on the assist.
“You don’t want to run up the score by any stretch of the imagination but you don’t want to lie back,” St. Cyr said. “Bonny Eagle has some skill players and they can drop a few on you before you know it. They did have some opportunities as well, and luckily a few of them missed the net.”
Bonny Eagle’s Josh Bagley, Jason Harmon and Connor Shields were involved with the Scots third period goals. Jesse Cotty and Mikyle Ricker contributed to the Knights lone goal of the period.