Brunswick wins in double overtime, 3-2
HALLOWELL — Matt Brooks thought about coming off for a line change, but then changed his mind.
"I was originally coming off but then I got a good pass off the boards and decided to shoot it," said Brooks, a Brunswick sophomore forward.
It was a good decision for the No. 5 Dragons.
Brooks scored a minute into double overtime to give Brunswick a 3-2 victory over No. 4 Cony in an Eastern Class A quarterfinal Tuesday night at the Bank of Maine Ice Vault.
The goal catapulted the Dragons (11-7-1) into the regional semifinals Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.
Cony, which forced overtime when Tyler Leet scored with 23 seconds left in regulation, finished 11-5-3.
"I thought in OT we had our chances," said Cony Coach Chad Foye said. "We just couldn´t finish. These guys worked so hard all year. It´s tough to see them like this now."
The Rams were accustomed to erasing third-period deficits, particularly down the stretch this season.
They staged another one before a lively crowd at the Vault when Leet scored from out front, but this time it wasn´t quite enough
Cony rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie Brunswick 2-2 in a regular- season game Jan. 21.
"We knew it was going to be close," said Brunswick Coach Mike Routhier, whose team improved to 4-0-1 in overtime. "We were a little sloppy in the first overtime, and we thought we needed to get a jump on them in the second one."
The Dragons did just that.
Brooks took a pass from Kyle Woodruff and, with a defender in front of him, beat Cony goalie Tommy Small with a shot over the pads from the top of the circle.
"I was trying to get the puck between the (defenseman´s) leg and put it right on net," Brooks said. "When it went in, I didn´t even know what to do."
Leet, a senior, scored with 23 seconds left in regulation with goalie Small pulled in favor of the extra attacker.
"We just didn´t panic," Foye said. "We kept coming back."
The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period before Woodruff gave Brunswick a 2-1 lead when he scored early in the second period.
He took a pass from Ryan Maciejewski and beat Small with a high shot to the far post.
Maciejewski scored in the first period for Brunswick, and Dallas Clark tied it for Cony in the second when he roofed a shot past Alexander to the far post from below the right faceoff dot with 6:17 left in the period.
"I´m really proud of the way the guys played," Foye said. "We gave it our best shot."