LEWISTON, ME — For the third straight year, Greely faced the Black Bears of Old Town/Orono for the Maine Class B state championship. After the Black Bears took the title in 2018, the Rangers have now won back-to-back titles with a 5-1 victory Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.
“That was a pretty high dramatic state championship game,” Greely coach Barry Mothes said. “Obviously a one goal game going pretty deep in the third. People were working hard in all three zones, it was a fun game, obviously an intense game, it’s fun to be in that moment-to-moment, shift-to-shift intensity of a hard-played game. (Old Town/Orono) was a very good team.”
It was the second time the teams met this season as the Black Bears hosted the Rangers on Martin Luther King day where the Black Bears won 4-2.
“We knew they would be (a) different (team),” Black Bears coach Chris Thurlow said. “They are a powerhouse down (in Southern Maine). They were clicking, they were hard and we knew we had to try to eliminate their time and space, but good players create their own time and space.”
The Moore brothers – Ryan and Andy – and the Williams cousins (Chris and Brooks) played huge roles in the win. Ryan Moore had a hat trick and an assist while Andy had a goal and two assists. Brooks had a goal with Chris assisting on the goal.
“That has been an ongoing story line for the last couple of years,” Mothes said. “They are great hockey families and great guys. For Andy and Ryan to play together for a couple of years, that’s pretty special opportunity. They have been linemates pretty much all of this year and were linemates a bit last year.”
Gabe Talon gave the Black Bears (15-6-1) a 1-0 as he skated down the right wing and his shot from the right circle went top shelf nearly six minutes into the contest.
Greely (17-3-1) tied it up in the middle of the period as Ryan Moore set himself up in the slot and his brother Andy Moore, a senior, found him and Ryan fired the puck home.
“Ryan is such an amazing brother, just an amazing person to play with,” Andy said. “I love it, I love him so much and it’s just awesome.
Ryan who’s just a sophomore feels like he has a long way to go to fill his brother’s shoes.
“I would not go that far,” Ryan said. “He’s just an amazing player, I am just so happy to play with him once in a while. It’s been a dream to be on the same team as him.”
The Rangers dominated the second period as they outshot the Black Bears 12-3 in the middle frame. Both of the Black Bears shots came early in the stanza.
“I looked up at the shots and you aren’t going to win many games with that many shots,” Thurlow said. “We stuck with them back and forth a bit but we weren’t generating much offense and I think (Greely’s) game plan was play sound defensively and don’t give them much offensively.”
Greely scored the only goal of the period late in the period after Nate Young of the Black Bears was called for a hook with just under two minutes to go. Off an offensive zone faceoff Chris Williams won the draw regained control of the puck to find Brooks Williams who point shot beat Black Bears goalie Aidan Rand as it went top shelf with 1:32 remaining in the second period.
“He won (the faceoff) it went wide, he saw Caleb (Duff) on top, but he decided to give it to me which was awesome,” Brooke said. “I got a great shot and we connected with great chemistry there.”
Chris was happy to assist.
It was really exciting, it was a tie breaking goal,” Chris said. “To see him shoot and score, it just meant the world to me.”
The Rangers top line got it done again nearly five minutes into the third period as Tyler Grasky who picked up a secondary assist on Ryan Moore’s first goal found Ryan who potted his second of the game. Andy this time picked up the secondary assist.
Ryan completed the hat trick as Andy skated around the crease and tried to the score on the wrap around but was stopped. Ryan put home the rebound.
“That’s really our game,” Ryan said. “It wasn’t like my goals were amazing we worked really hard as a team, we got it low and we worked hard. Stuff happens when you do that.”
Grasky capped the scoring with a power play effort in the final two minutes of the contest. Ryan Moore had the helper.
The Rangers were 2-for-3 on the man advantage while the Black Bears were 0-for-4.
Back to back! Rangers win!!! Fire trucks roll!! pic.twitter.com/77gmuvMMzD
— Greely Athletics (@GreelyRangers) March 7, 2020
Written by Nathan Fournier @JrHockeyWriter
Special to HockeyClan
Published with permission from Hockey Night in Boston
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