CAMBRIDGE - Billy Doogan had a hat trick, Vinny Mannering added two assists, and Max Collins put on a clinic in net as the Bruins won the Fifth Stanley Keg World Championship in Cambridge today, 4-1, over the Thrashers.
For the first time, the game was played in a full-court layout with five players and a goalie per side. With no substitutes for either team, the teams agreed to limit the game to two 20-minute periods. The result was a more strategic, wide-open game that afforded the players more opportunities to move the ball and set up crossing passes.
For the Thrashers, Ed Cash put up his typically strong performance in goal, making a handful of his own fantastic saves. But the story in net was Collins, looking much like Tim Thomas and playing just as well.
His ability to cut off passes from behind the net meant that the Thrashers couldn’t get much going in the crease, and his stellar positioning limited their shots from the point. Nick Belesis and Kevin Mannering were able to weave through the Bruins defense on occasion, but Collins frustrated both more than once.
The Bruins scored the first four goals behind flying offensive play from the forward line of Doogan and brothers Craig and Evan DeMarco. Doogan scored two goals in the first frame, while Craig DeMarco made up for an ill-fated collision with Cash in front of the Thrashers net early in the second period by scoring the team’s third goal. Doogan’s hat trick came on a tip in after a two-on-one opportunity left the Thrashers defense reeling.
After gradually increasing the pressure on Collins as the game went on, the Thrashers finally managed to get on the board with a late goal from Ed D’Addario. But it was too little, too late, as the Bruins held on for the win in front of an estimated crowd of one.