All-Region Female Hockey Player of the Year: Lewiston’s Leah Landry

Lewiston’s Leah Landry moves the puck down the ice against Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland’s Alyssa Prosser during the Northern Regional Girls Hockey Championship in Portland last month. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald

At the start of her senior season, Leah Landry focused on improving her shooting and passing.

“I knew as a striker, the man thing, our goal is to score,” Landry said. “I knew that without it we wouldn’t win games. It was really important for us to shoot targets in practice. The coaches brought targets to shoot at, so we could practice our accuracy. I feel like it helped us all improve.

The extra work paid off. Landry has scored 30 goals and added 23 assists in 19 games. He played a key role in Lewiston’s victory to its second straight state championship.

And, for the second year in a row, Landry was chosen as the Sun Journal All-Region Women’s Hockey Player of the Year.

She also became the first player from Lewiston to win the Becky Schaffer Award, which is given to Maine’s top senior female hockey player.

“It’s great to represent Lewiston in a positive way,” Landry said. “There have been many other great players who have come through Lewiston, but I feel truly honored to receive this award this year.”

Lewiston coach Ron Dumont said Landry is an effective scorer because she can hit fast and in multiple ways.

“She goes out of her way to try something different; it’s to his advantage,” Dumont said last month. “You really don’t know what she’s going to do next. It lulls you into this false sense of security. It’s a big bang, and the shot is off.

When she passes, Dumont added, Landry is confident her teammates can put the puck in the net.

“She’s got a ton of talent, but she can also shoot the puck,” Dumont said last month. “She knows when to shoot and when to pass.”

Landry noted that his points total has increased this year compared to the 2020-21 season (16 goals and 11 assists), when the Blue Devils only played 12 games due to the coronavirus pandemic. His points-per-game average last year was 2.25, and this season it’s increased to 2.78.

Landry said her play and that of her teammates peaked in the playoffs, in which she recorded six points in three games, including two goals in Lewiston’s 3-0 victory over Scarborough in the championship game. State.

“The time I felt the most confident was in the playoffs when the season was coming to an end,” Landry said. “Eliminating other teams just helped us (as a team) all feel confident. I think we all played our best in the national final, we all did very well.

Dumont said that when Landry was at her best, she was difficult for opponents to contain and was a threat to attack at all times.

“I sort of liken it to a praying mantis because of its long limbs and all that,” Dumont said. “She looks like she’s there, she disappears, or you don’t really notice her, and, bang, pulls out her stick. She picks the (opponents’) pocket, so to speak. It’s not your failure typical defensive forward, but she has the skills to do it.

Landry said she still hasn’t decided where she’ll go to college and if she’ll continue to play hockey at the next level.

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Catherine J. Martinez