Friday, December 14, 2018

Windham/Westbrook hockey works hard but falls to Brunswick

Cole Washburn
By Matt Pascarella

The Windham/Westbrook hockey team hit the ice at the University of Southern Maine for the first game of the season at home against Brunswick on Saturday, December 8.
Windham/Westbrook started out doing pretty well in the first period with nice teamwork and going after the puck. They took several shots on Brunswick’s goal and managed to keep Brunswick from scoring until, with roughly three minutes left in the first period, Brunswick scored.

First intermission: 1-0, Brunswick

Windham/Westbrook came out with intensity in the second period. Although Brunswick scored twice within the first three minutes, Windham/Westbrook persevered, but needed to be crisper offensively, said Coach Greg LeClair. of the highlights of the game was freshman Cole Washburn who helped to contribute by taking the only shot on goal in the second half. “He worked hard, skated hard and was positive on the bench,” commented LeClair.

Second intermission: 4-0, Brunswick

In the final period, Windham/Westbrook looked to turn the game around. They were moving the puck nicely and while they did get a few shots on goal,  nothing went into the net.

Final 6-0, Brunswick

“Not the start we were hoping for tonight...when you’re not first to the puck, you’re not going to be successful. We as a team need to be better defensively and quicker to the puck. If you take care of those two things, a lot of other things just fall into place,” observed LeClair. “We’ll get better, we’re still young. We’ve got to do some different things to matchup against teams; we’ll get there; it’s a process and we’d all like the process to be instantaneous and sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.”

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