KENTS HILL — Maranacook/Winthrop senior forward Zach Glazier skated into the slot and, left uncovered, had ample room to shoot in the waning seconds of a Class B game Saturday against Waterville.
“I got the puck and had some room so I shot to the bottom right,” Glazier said. “I was hoping it would go in and it did.”
The goal, which came with 37 seconds left in regulation, lifted the Hawks to a 3-2 victory in an entertaining game at Bonnefond Arena.
Jared Hanson and Nick Lacasse also scored for Maranacook/Winthrop. Hanson also assisted Glazier on the game-winner.
Waterville (5-2-0), which trailed 2-0 before scoring twice late in the third period to pull even, held a decisive 45-13 edge in shots. Michael Oliveira and Nick Denis scored for the Purple Panthers.
“Tough one,” Waterville coach Dennis Martin said. “We played really well but we just couldn’t take advantage of our chances.”
Maranacook/Winthrop (4-3-0) won its third consecutive game, but it didn’t come easy.
Hanson and Lacasse scored second-period goals to give the Hawks a 2-0 advantage. However, the Panthers stormed back in the third to set up a wild finish.
Oliveira made it 2-1 when he snaked through the defense and beat Maranacook/Winthrop goalie Josh Ehiorobo with a nifty shot over the glove with 4:07 left in the third period. Then, two minutes later, Denis buried a shot past Ehiorobo to pull the Panthers even.
“We battled back and showed some great character,” Martin said. “We didn’t give up.”
But neither did the Hawks, who called a timeout to regroup.
With under a minute to play, Hanson controlled the puck and fed a wide-open Glazier a nice pass in the slot. Glazier wristed the puck past Waterville goalie Kaleb Kane just inside the near post.
“I had picked up the puck behind the net and I saw Zach in the slot,” Hanson said. “I just gave it right to him.”
Added Glazier: “It was a perfect pass.”
Waterville had several chances throughout but Ehiorobo (42 saves) turned in a strong performance to keep the Hawks in front.
The Hawks grabbed a 1-0 lead just 4:17 into the second period when Hanson took a pass from Glazier, skated into the offensive zone and blasted a shot past Kane from the top of the left faceoff circle. They padded the lead with 1:23 left in the period, when Lacasse scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway.
“It was an intense game,” first-year Maranacook/Winthrop coach Chip Jones said. “We really played very well in the first and second periods but we kind of lost it for a bit in the third. I just told the guys on the bench after they had tied it up that we needed to step up to the challenge. It was good to see. It was a big win for us.”