DOVER — David Blodgett missed once, but given another chance he certainly wasn’t going to miss twice.

As time was running down in regulation in the Portsmouth/Newmarket boys hockey team’s rivalry game against Winnacunnet on Saturday, Blodgett had a chance to give his team a big win. The junior went in on a break but had his effort go off the inside of the post.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, he would get one more break.

Blodgett was sprung 2:28 into the overtime period and this time he left no doubt, scoring through the 5-hole to give his ClipperMules a key, 2-1 win over Winnacunnet in Division II action on Saturday night.

“My linemate Jack Suhesky was just trying to chip the puck into the zone, but the puck slipped by the Winnacunnet defenseman,” said Blodgett. “I was able to get on the puck quickly, got a quick shot off and it went 5-hole.

"The one at the end of regulation was a tough one to handle. I wasn’t happy about that one but luckily got another chance.”

The ClipperMules out-shot the Warriors 29-17 and controlled much of the closing moments. Portsmouth/Newmarket improved to 4-1-1 and is unbeaten in five games since it lost to Dover in its opener.

“We were playing solid defense, so we knew we would probably get another chance,” said ClipperMules' coach Bill Widi. “It was kind of a fluke play, but even if the puck bounces like that it is all about being in the right place at the right time. I think every Winnacunnet game we have had is a one-goal game. They seem to bring the best out of us and we seem to bring the best out of them.”

Winnacunnet fell to 2-5 but has played most of the top teams.

“We struggled on the power-play and will have to go back to the drawing board,” said Winnacunnet coach Jude Logue. “I love close games and overtime, but at times I felt the game was a little out of control. I hate that and I don’t like that kind of a game. We have to find a way to put this behind us.”

The teams combined for 31 minutes of penalty time, in an old-fashioned, heavy-hitting type affair.

“It was a really physical game,” said Logue. “We have some kids that can play the body, but most of our players are small. When we get into these physical battles, it is tough for us. It wore us down a little bit. The big, heavy hitting teams give us trouble. We can trade punches, but after many rounds we get worn down.”

Blodgett was assessed a five-minute major for hitting from behind in the second, but his ClipperMule teammates came up with a big kill. Both teams were 0-for-5 on the power-play.

“It was a pretty chippy game,” said Blodgett. “I experienced both the highs and lows in this game. The big thing was we all needed to keep our heads in the game because a lot was going on.”

After a subdued first period that provided nothing in the way of big chances, the game opened up in the second. Fred Holmes opened the scoring just 1:05 into the period, as he flew into the zone, took a slapper and had it go over the shoulder of Jack Ellis to give Portsmouth a 1-0 edge.

Winnacunnet equalized on a 4-on-4 situation, as Dan Giacalone sent a seeing-eye shot from the side-wall that found its way in to make it 1-all.

Both teams had glorious chances in the third period that went array. Suhesky got a pass into the slot from Holmes, but Ellis stuck out his left pad to keep the game tied with six minutes left. Moments later, Blodgett went in on a partial break and was stoned by Ellis.

Tanner Holt also hit a post for the Warriors in the third. The puck then caromed into the slot to the waiting stick of Chaz Ziolkowski, who couldn’t get a good shot off and saw the effort smothered by Brad Weit for the whistle.

The Warriors host Alvirne/Milford on Wednesday night, while Portsmouth will play at Oyster River.