Greely will now face Messalonskee High School in the Class B State Championship Game Saturday at 1 pm at the Colisee.
“It was a satisfying win tonight,” said Greely Head Coach Barry Mothes. “I am just really satisfied the way guys played tonight. We had a lot of good games with York and we have a lot of respect for that team and a lot of success. We’ve had a lot of big battles and tonight was another one.”
For York, they have had a pretty good run recently.
“It has been an excellent run, three years a row (to the regional finals),” said York Head Coach Michael Vessey. “Our goal was to get back to the Colisee. We accomplished that objective, but it would have been to continue a little bit further.”
The Rangers jumped out to the early 1-0 when Andrew Hackett found Jordan Tarbox, who released a snap shot from the slot just 2:16 into the game.
“It was a nice win because last year was a rough loss (in the regional final),” said Greely forward Jordan Tarbox. “It was the exact same scenario coming into the (regional final) against York. We knew they were a good team.”
Both teams had plethora of shots on their one power play opportunity.
“We were a little slow to get our feet moving in the first period, but were able to get the first goal,” Mothes stated. “I thought the second and third (periods) were really strong.”
Greely would capitalize on their power play chances in the second period. Kenny Richards let go a shot from the left circle and the puck just slid past Jared Posternak’s pad at the 2:40 mark of the second period.
“We have been working on it a lot all year,” Mothes said of the power play. “Our power play has been (the best) for the all years I have been here. We ran a couple lines on our power play and we have been working hard on it.”
Zac Doucette notched the Rangers second power-play goal as he released a shot from the right point with two seconds remaining in Zach Franklin’s penalty 7:46 into the middle frame.
“We gave up three power-play goals tonight,” said Vessey. “We haven’t done that all year long. Our special teams have been pretty effective all season long. It was disappointing tonight.”
The Wildcats didn’t record a shot on goal for the first 10 minutes of the second period.
“We were tentative for the first period and most of the second period,” Vessey said.
Greely goaltender Kyle Kramlich knew he had to stay focused during that period of time.
“You try to skate around during whistles to keep my legs loose, other than that keep on what you are doing, to stay focused.”
Tim Storey found Peter Stauber at the 4:21 mark of the third to give Greely the 4-0 lead.
York would break the shutout bid as Jared Clauson found away to beat Kramlich with 3:28 remaining in the contest. Jackson Mitchell picked up the lone assist on the goal.
Ted Hart capped off the scoring with an unassisted power-play goal with 2:07 to play.
Greely went 3-for-5 on the power play and York went 0-for-4.
Kramlich turned made 21 saves for Greely and Jared Posternak stopped 24 shots for York.
“This has been one of his best games in a long time,” Mothes said of Kramlich. “He played well Saturday night too. He looked very crisp right away. Pucks were coming into his glove cleanly, his legs were moving quickly. He was reacting well.”