Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wilks dribbling down the field (Photo from Terry Robichaud)
Dexter's Lee Gustin with Lucas Grinnell of Penquis behind him (Photo from Terry Robichaud)
Corbin Bilodeau of Dexter (Photo from Terry Robichaud)
The Penquis Patriots traveled to Dexter on Thursday to take on the Dexter Tigers in a Class C Boys Soccer game. Ryan Wilks got 2 goals and an assist to lead the Tigers to the 3-2 victory on a cloudy and cool day. Rain showers arrived for part of the second half
The game started with Penquis putting pressure on the Dexter goal including shots by Jesse McLaughlin and Bryan Russell that both went wide left of the goal. With 29:28 left in the first half Dexter had a good chance of their own when they had a direct kick but Lee Gustin's kick hit the goal post. With 26:45 remaining in the half Jerell Arefein of Penquis hit a shot that Dexter's goalie Nathan Wyman blocked and the ball hit off the goal post after Wyman deflected it. The game remained scoreless for the next 15 minutes as Corbin Bilodeau and Wilks continued to put the pressure on the Patriots defenders and goalie Richie Russell. Bilodeau scored the first goal of the game with 11:05 remaining in the first half, Wilks got the assist. With 3:41 remaining in the first half Wilks scored an unassisted goal to make it 2-0 Dexter going into the half.
Both Wyman and Russell made diving saves in the first 8 minutes of the second half. With 29:45 remaining in the second half Arefein got the Patriots a goal, Bryan Russell got the assist. With 21:55 remaining in the game Bilodeau went by the Penquis defenders and put a shot on the goal, Russell made a very nice save on the shot. Wilks scored his second unassisted goal of the day with 17:24 remaining in the game to make it 3-1 Tigers. It looked the game was well in hand but Phillip Larrabee got a goal to make it 3-2 with 2:01 remaining, Arefein got the assist. The last two minutes the Patriots had the ball down near Wyman but they could not get another one past him and the Tigers held on for the 3-2 victory.
Andrew Wing, Jared Macdonald and Tor Anderson all played solid games for the Tigers. Wyman finished with 11 saves unofficially for the Tigers who moved to 6-5. Richie Russell finished with 14 saves unofficially for the Patriots who are now 6-3-1
The game was a big one for playoff positioning. Dexter came into the game 10th in the heal point standings and Penquis came in 8th. The top 10 teams make the playoffs with the 7th and 8th teams getting a home prelim game.
Bangor’s sports station, WZON, hosted another successful event last night. This time it was having Bob Ryan, long-time sports reporter for The Boston Globe, come and speak to a group of 350+ sports fans at the Bangor Event Center.
For only $10 per ticket, we were treated to over 90 minutes of Mr Ryan’s incredible knowledge of all things Boston-sports. While a majority of the conversation was focused on the Red Sox (AL Wild Card team) who are getting ready for the post-season, and the New England Patriots, who have started their new season decently while questions about Tom Brady’s recovery from the off-season knee surgery continue to bounce around the great Northeast, he also touched upon the Boston Bruins, who will be starting their season tomorrow night, and the Boston Celtics who have just started training camp.
Mr. Ryan was asked “which Boston athlete has/had the biggest ego”: Roger Clemens. He was asked greatest Celtic player: Bill Russell. Regarding Boston Bruins #4, Bobby Orr, Bob Ryan feels that he was the greatest hockey player....EVER. While tipping his cap to the incredible talent of Wayne Gretzky, he singled out that in Orr’s days, the defensemen pretty much stuck to defense and would only score 15 or 20 points a season. But Orr came in and would get 100 points in a season, and would give a check as well as he would take one, something that Gretzky didn’t do very much of.
He also discussed other Boston sports related topics such as Celtics announcer Johnny Most (“some stories I just can’t tell”), Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski, Celtic Larry Bird, Fenway Park’s upgrades, his honest opinion that the Yankees are the likely team to win the World Series this year (and since they’ve spent over $423 million trying to buy another championship, it seems that this year they’ve finally bought their best opportunity in the past 10 years, he said), and his inside info on the ESPN show Pardon The Interruption and hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, crediting executive producer Erik Rydholm with creating the countdown-clock format, the games on the show, the 5-Good-Minutes segment and others. Bob did say that Kornheiser and Wilbon have been friends for a long time due to their jobs at the Washington Post and apparently they would have these sports-talks, going back and forth on a topic and then switching topics. Somewhere along the line, it became a show for ESPN, and Rydholm was instrumental in giving the show it’s format, a format that is copied by so many other shows now. And by the way, PTI has been on the air for 8 years now!
Prior to his presentation, Ann Marie’s Kitchen had a buffet (part of the ticket fee) which was great. I mention this because in addition to WZON, there are other sponsors who help bring these types of events up here to our area. Thanks also to EBS Building Supply, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Charles Dean Memorial Hospital, Dunnet Inc, and the Bangor Daily News for making this one happen.
Before his presentation ended, Bob was asked: who is the better writer, him (Ryan) or Dan Shaughnessy (another Boston Globe writer). Bob acknowledged that they’re both good writers and the Globe is lucky to have them! haha! He did the straighten-my-tie move as he said it. Good stuff.
WZON's Jeff Solari (left) with Bob Ryan
Thanks always to the WZON crew - Dale Duff, Clem LaBree, Jeff Solari, Pat Spekhardt, Toby Nelson, and the sales staff (Bill, Carrie, Kenny V and Jim), the interns and anybody I missed. The biggest thanks go to Bob Ryan for taking time out of a very busy schedule to come up to our little neck of New England: Bangor, Maine.
At Milo, Sarah Murray scored on an assist from Harley Ponte 3:32 into the first overtime to lift the Tigers to victory.
Katie Carson gave Dexter a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal in the first half, but Sadie Zambrano of Penquis tied the match before intermission on an assist from Mindy Downing.
Lauren Crane made 10 saves on 16 shots for 3-7-1 Dexter. Shelby Fowles made 12 saves on 17 shots for 2-5-2 Penquis.