Stellarton’s Brendon Duff (No. 13) is shown during Bridgton Academy’s recent game against National Sports Academy. Duff scored five goals in the past three games for the Wolverines.
NORTH BRIDGTON, Maine - Stellarton’s Brendon Duff led the Bridgton Academy Wolverines junior hockey team to a three-game win streak this past week.
Their streak began Friday, Oct. 10 against National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y. in a back-and-forth affair, with the Wolverines coming out on the winning end of a 7-6 final.
With a quick turnaround, the Wolverines faced off early Saturday morning. Unlike Friday’s high-scoring shootout, great goaltending dominated play. The outstanding goalkeeping would come from Michael DeFillippo (Montreal, Que.). Duff got the scoring going for the Wolverines with a great top-shelf shot. NSA would rally back to tie the game late in the second period. Going into the third period, the Wolverines continued grinding and creating scoring chances, culminating with Duff adding his second goal of the game. It was ultimately the game-winner with a 2-1 final score.
The squad then traveled to Biddeford, Maine on Oct. 16 to play a matinee against the Maine Wild. The Wild took an early 1-0 lead with a short-handed goal. The Wolverines would even up the score late in the first with another goal by Duff.
The second period got underway with the Wild taking a 2-1 lead. Ryan Shea would then even up the score at two, with a power play goal.
The third period saw the two teams exchange scoring bids, with Duff scoring both BA goals to complete the hat trick. At the end of regulation the score remained 4-4. A five-minute overtime period saw the Wolverines get the game-winner after Luke DiMarco collected a turnover at the red line and fed Zach Lemerand a pass that he wristed past the Wild goaltender.
Nicolas Dupuis-Gaudreault (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) collected his first win in net.
Duff tallied five goals in three games, leading a strong turnaround for a Bridgton Academy team that had struggled out of the gate. BA now stands with a 3-3-1 record. The Wolverines return to action this weekend when they host Rice AAA for two games at Bridgton Ice Arena tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at noon.