DOVER � His team had all the momentum in the third period. So when the puck squirted free from the boards near his own blue line, Oyster River High School senior Eric Donovan let the momentum carry him.
He built up some speed as he carried into the Dover zone, got up on a defenseman and went to his signature shot � a quick wrister using the goaltender�s own man as a screen.
�It�s amazing, his accuracy,� OR coach Peter Harwood said of Donovan. �The first one we thought was a fluke, but we�ve seen three or four of those.�
This one resulted in the game-winning goal in a wild third period at Dover Arena. Trailing 3-1 at the second intermission, the Bobcats scored four unanswered to stun the Green Wave, 5-3.
Best win of the season?
�I would say,� Donovan said, �definitely the funnest.�
In a crowded Division II that�s been wonderfully unpredictable this season, Oyster River climbed to 8-3-1. Dover�s left picking up the pieces after dropping its fifth in six games.
Jack Poitras nearly beat the zamboni off the ice with his goal that made it 3-2 just 8 seconds into the third period. Alden Swiesz tied it about 4 minutes later on a crafty shot from the side of the net.
�To get that 8 seconds into the period, I think that got them to believe,� Harwood said. �And at this point, it�s just about getting them to believe.�
Dover had just killed off its second penalty of the period when Donovan found his opening. His wrist shot broke a 3-3 tie with 4:01 remaining, and Poitras had Oyster River�s loud student section on its feet and cheering when he put another home 29 seconds later.
�You�ve got to feel proud after this one,� Donovan said.
Dover got a goal from Dante Ceppetelli late in the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Asa Forbes scored twice in the second � the latter a beauty with 20 seconds remaining � to give Dover its 3-1 lead entering the third.
Brady McDonough, Wyatt Allaire and Ollie Stevens each tallied assists for the Green Wave (6-5).
Andy Carlson, who had a pair of third-period assists, scored in the second period for the Bobcats.
ROCHESTER � The ClipperMules avenged their 7-1 loss to the Bearcats on Monday night.
Portsmouth took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission on goals by David Blodgett, Andrew Madden and Luke Suhesky. The flurry erased a 1-0 Somersworth/Coe-Brown lead after Cam Frank had opened the scoring.
Aaron Bono pulled the Bearcats within a goal just 35 seconds into the second, but Portsmouth responded with a goal by Jack Suhesky to make it 4-2. Frank ended up closing the scoring with his second goal of the night with a minute remaining in the frame.
Portsmouth goalie Jack Bussiere and Somersworth�s Kevin Baker each finished with 17 saves.
Gage Gagne had two assists for the Bearcats, and Jonny Pelletier added one helper. Noah Foster picked up an assist for the ClipperMules in the second period.
It was a big one for Portsmouth, which improved to 5-6. The Bearcats moved to 6-5-1.
EXETER � Senior Brandan Doyle extended his goal-scoring streak to seven straight games, finishing with two tallies and an assist as the Blue Hawks soared to 7-2-2 in Division I.
Doyle scored just 19 seconds into the game and added his second with 10:26 left in the first period.
Keegan Knight scored in the second period to give Exeter a 3-0 lead. Kole and Ty Robinson each added goals in the third.
Ricky Davis had two assists for the Blue Hawks, while Sam Peery, Jude Rogles, Knight, Kam Hyles and Cam Vose tallied one apiece.
Southern Maine Quarterfinals
PORTLAND � The fifth-seeded Wildcats got third-period goals from Maggie Hanlon, Zoe Jellison and Meagan Wentworth to stun the No. 4 seed and advance to the Southern Maine semifinals. It�s York�s first girls hockey playoff win since 2017.
York will face Scarborough in a semifinal game Saturday (5:20 p.m.) at the University of Southern Maine.
Gray-New Gloucester 67
GRAY, Maine � Will MacDonald scored 14 of his 33 points in the first quarter to help the Wildcats close what is believed to be the first undefeated regular season in program history. York closed at 18-0.
Riley Linn scored 17 points, Brady Cummins had 13 and Teagan Hynes added 10 for the Wildcats, who led 47-33 at the half.
York will be the No. 1 seed in the Class A South tournament, which begins next week.
FALMOUTH, Maine � The Hawks jumped out to an early 19-10 lead but couldn�t bring this Class A South victory home. They closed the regular season at 11-7.
Falmouth got a game-high 18 points from Michael Simmonds and jumped to 14-4.
Marshwood was led by Cullen Casey with 14 points. Kelvin Peterson added 13 and Aidan Sullivan had 10.
Marshwood will likely be the No. 6 seed in Class A South and will play at the Portland Expo on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Old Orchard 36
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine � The Rangers struggled on the road the night after a big win over Waynflete.
Kiki Huntress hit two 3-pointers and led Traip with 11 points. Addy Hale added seven and Marlee Sumsion had six. The Rangers wrapped up their regular season at 8-10 and will have a playoff date (to be determined) on Tuesday night. Old Orchard improved to 13-5.
Winnacunnet 52, Trinity 42
HAMPTON � The Warriors had 10 separate players score in their first win of the season.
Sage Johnson (11 points) and Abby Rayder (eight points) hit two 3-pointers apiece. Ashley Gallant added nine points and Emma Roussel had six.
Winnacunnet improved to 1-11 in Division I.
Manchester Central 24
The Warriors got wins by pin from Matt Mattimore (120 pounds, 1:48), Colin Swanson (132 pounds, :55), Tucker McCann (145, 1:15) and Jack McCann (152, 3:15). Micheal Kirby added a win by technical fall (160, 3:45).
Creagan paces York girls
FREYBURG, Maine � Elise Creagan placed fifth overall to pace the York girls in the first of two Western Maine Conference Championship races at Starks Hill. Creagan finished with a time of 18:22. Teammate Margaret Chamberlain placed 13th (19:37).
On the boys side, freshman Owen Spaulding placed 22nd (16:56), followed by junior Josh Dunnington (55th, 21:55), sophomore Eric Dunnington (62nd, 22:38) and freshman Nick Young (68th, 27:00).
The final race will be held on Saturday.