Defense strong as PI bests Bapst, Ashland rolls along

17 years ago

The Presque Isle boys bounced back from a tough loss at Caribou three days earlier and blanked John Bapst Saturday at home, 2-0.
Russ Mortland and Warren Zubrick were the goal scorers, while the Wildcat defense came through with a strong performance as PI evened its mark to 1-1. Gerard Desjardins had an assist from the fullback position on Zubrick’s tally. Dillon Kingsbury saved five of seven shots for his first career shutout in goal.

    “We were pleased with the overall team effort and the way we came out after the Caribou game,” said PI coach Scott Young.
In that contest, Mortland scored a first-half goal and PI carried play for a majority of the game, but Caribou scored three unanswered second-half goals to claim a 3-1 triumph.
The Ashland boys remained undefeated thanks to a 2-0 win over previously-unbeaten Easton last Tuesday. Carl Nemer had a goal and an assist, while Tyler Cote scored the other Hornet goal. Jeremy Tarr recorded an assist and Lucas Belanger saved 15 of 22 shots for the win in goal.
“I was pleased with our intensity all game long,” said Ashland coach Kevin Paradis. “They stayed focused and kept the pressure up all game.”
Ashland also beat Washburn Friday, 6-1, thanks in part to two goals and three assists by Nemer. Cote also had two goals and an assist.
“Our defense is playing amazing,” Paradis added. Easton and Ashland met on the Hornets’ home field yesterday afternoon.
Easton rebounded for a 1-0 win over Southern Aroostook Friday. Brad Trask had the Bear goal.
Fort Fairfield continued with its early-season success with a 2-1 win over Katahdin last Wednesday and a 1-0 shutout over the defending Class D state champion Van Buren Crusaders Friday. Josh Churchill’s unassisted goal in the first half was the difference in the home win over Van Buren. Austin Dufour was the winning goal, saving eight of 18 shots for the 6-0-1 Tigers.
“Our guys have played very determined every time we’ve stepped on the field,” said FF coach John Ala.
“Those were two very big wins in very intense and competitive games. I credit our play to strong leadership from our captains and a number of guys really stepping up their games.”
The Washburn Beavers were beaten three times by a combined margin of 16-3 last week and are now 1-5-1 on the year.
The latest loss came Monday in Mars Hill to the CA Panthers by a 5-0 score.
Emmanuel Martinez had a hat trick for the Panthers, now 4-3-2 overall on the season. The two teams met again in Washburn yesterday afternoon.
The Panthers shut out Wisdom and fell to Southern Aroostook in games played earlier in the week.