With their 9-0 win over the Cony Rams at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, they will be going to the Eastern Maine Class A Final where they will take on their arch-rival St. Dominic Academy on Tuesday night at 8 pm at the Colisee.
“We knew (Matt) Swann was a legit goaltender,” said Lewiston Head Coach Jamie Belleau. “Our scouting told us he’s good east-to-west. They told us he goes down a little early, so when they tell me a good goalie goes down early, that means we are looking for a quality shot every time.”
For Cony, they haven’t played a team of Lewiston’s caliber all season.
“We haven’t gone against a team that moved the puck like that all year,” said Cony Head Coach Chad Foye. “That’s our fault where the schedule hurt yourself. We won some games, but it would have been good to play a couple of teams like that this year.”
“They moved the puck side-to-side and found passing lanes which is something that they do so well. That’s a credit to them.”
Lewiston got things started when Kyle Lemelin found Devon Beland in front of the crease 6:35 into the contest.
“We aren’t a high scoring team,” Belleau stated. “I don’t think we had a kid on our team with 20 points. We won 13 (regular season) games and two playoff games.”
The Blue Devils would get two goals in seven seconds apart when Stefan Valley notched a goal with assists going to Zach Hall and David Cusson at the 8:39 mark. Desmond Gagne made it 3-0 with the lone assist going to Jake Bergeron.
“That was tough,” Foye said of giving up two goals in seven seconds. “You give up one. You don’t want to give up another one. Our kids worked hard all year and they did a good job.”
The Blue Devils capped of the scoring in the first when Kyle Lemelin notched his second point of the period. Assist went to Devon Beland and Patrick DeBlois.
“We took 28 shots in the first period and we left some rebounds and eventually put some in,” Belleau added. That’s what happens when we eventually got some rebound goals.”
In the second, Jake Bergeron picked up the lone goal of the period for Lewiston as Desmond Gagne and Matt Poulin set the marker up at the 6:38 mark.
“In the second, we started to roll four lines to keep everybody fresh,” Belleau said. “That’s one of our benefits of our team. We have a lot of depth. I am not just saying it’s against Cony, we feel comfortable rolling four lines against anybody. It keeps our legs fresh.”
Lemelin notched his second goal of the contest at the 5:52 mark of the third period with Evan Gosselin notching the helper. He would complete the hat trick at the 9:21 mark with Brandon Tiner getting the assist.
The Blue Devils added two more before the contest was over with Matt Poulin and Evan Gosselin getting credit.
“I thought we did everything we could,” Foye stated. “They just moved the puck so quickly and so well. The biggest thing we could have done was limit the turnovers. They moved the puck so quickly then we are use to, I am not sure what else we could have done.”
With another shutout by Brian Wigant, the question still remains, who will be in net Tuesday against St. Dom’s.
“It’s a day-by-day decision,” Belleau said. “Wigant did a nice job and we have a lot of confidence in both goaltenders. (Evan) Bourassa has won just as many games and has played as big for us. We didn’t play a weak schedule. We just had feeling about Wigant today. A decision will be made on Monday.”
Swann made 45 saves in the loss.
“Matty did do a good job today,” Foye added. “He did a great job and Lewiston is a great team.
Lewiston was 2-for-4 on the man advantage while Cony was 0-for-2.