WINSLOW — Jimmy Fowler is not always the one to put the puck in the back of the net for the Winslow High School boys hockey team.

It is, however, a pretty safe assumption that he will have a hand in the majority of the Black Raiders’ goals.

Fowler scored a goal and assisted on two others Wednesday night as Winslow (6-2-2 Class B North) pulled away for a 4-0 victory Wednesday night over Lawrence/Skowhegan (1-5-0 Class A North) at Sukee Arena.

“Jimmy’s one of our leaders,” Winslow defenseman Jacob Houghton said. “He’s an assistant captain, a great passer and all-around great player.”

Houghton, Logan Denis and Tommy Tibbetts also had goals for Winslow, which received a 27-save performance from Andrew Beals in the victory. Curtis Martin had a strong game in net for the Bandits, finishing with 36 saves.

“It was very solid. They really played together well,” Winslow head coach Andy Dube said. “They stayed out of the penalty box, Beals was very consistent and didn’t give them any big opportunities. Our defensive group played really well moving the puck out of the zone.”

After a scoreless first period, Winslow scored what would prove to be the only goal it needed just 48 seconds into the second period on a power play.

Houghton flicked the puck on net from out front with Dameron Roderigue and a Bandits defender in front of Martin. The puck appeared to change directions after the initial shot but Houghton was awarded the goal with assists credited to Fowler and Jake Trask.

Lawrence/Skowhegan kept the game close throughout the second period until Fowler found a wide open Denis on a pass from behind the net with 1:53 left in the period to make it 2-0.

Fowler added a power-play goal of his own 3:33 into the third when he cleaned up a rebound off a Jacob Grenier shot, while Tibbetts rounded out the scoring with a goal off a Denis assist with 5:00 remaining.

“We’re coming together,” Houghton said. “We’re really building up the chemistry and we’re getting stronger, no doubt about it.”

As for Lawrence/Skowhegan, its best chances came early in the night. Dawson Gagne had a strong opportunity with 3:52 remaining in the first when he gloved a failed clear attempt to give himself an open chance on net, but Beals was there for the save.

The same was the case for Sam Haver in the final 30 seconds of the first as once again Beals was up to the task with just open ice between the Black Raiders goalie and the Bandits forward.

“We had some chances early but they wore us down,” Lawrence/Skowhegan head coach Ted Fabian said. “They outworked us; they wanted it and they took away the time and space.

“…It just comes down to they had a better game.”

Martin did what he could to keep the Bandits in it, but ultimately a short bench cost Lawrence/Skowhegan and Winslow’s scoring chances came more frequently as the game progressed.

“Curtis had a hell of a game. We were just trying to get the shots on goal that we could,” Houghton said. “We had some good one-time opportunities and he was standing on his head for sure.”

Evan Crawley — 621-5640

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