LEWISTON, Maine — The Bangor High School Rams felt they played one of their best games of the season, if not their best, against undefeated Lewiston on Saturday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
But Blue Devils junior goalie Cam Poussard made sure their performance didn’t produce a win as he turned aside all 23 shots in a 3-0 victory.
Lewiston improved to 3-0 while Bangor fell to 2-3.
“He’s just a great goalie. It’s hard to beat him,” said Bangor senior defenseman Devon Lyshon. “We came out flying. This was the best game we’ve had all year.”
Lewiston junior right wing Ben Wigant added, “He came up with some huge saves. A couple of times you’d say ‘Wow, how did he make that save?’”
Desmond Gagne’s second-period goal at the 9:26 mark off the rebound of a Brandon Tiner point shot proved to be the game-winner and the Blue Devils added third-period goals 1:46 apart by Wigant and Zack Parker to sew up the win.
“Overall, I thought I had a pretty good game, said Poussard, who has only allowed one goal all season. “I could have played my rebounds a little better at some points during the game, but besides that, it was a pretty good game.”
Two of his best saves sandwiched Gagne’s goal.
A couple of minutes before Gagne’s goal, Joey Seccareccia sliced his way across the middle of the slot from left to right and fired a 20-foot wrister that Poussard deflected to his left.
Nate Lewis was all alone and shoveled a backhander toward the half-empty net only to have Poussard snare it with his glove as he made a desperate dive across the net front.
“At the last second, he snagged it in front of the goal line,” said Lewis. “I don’t know how he got that. It takes something out of you when something like that happens.”
“I saw the play setting up,” said Poussard. “I saw [Lewis] cutting around to the side. I knew he’d try to go top-shelf, so I dove over and hoped for the best. It was only a foot or two off the ice.”
Shortly afterward, Gagne supplied Poussard with the only goal he was to need by racing unattended to the net and lifting Tiner’s rebound over Bangor goalie Chris Howat into the upper short-side corner glove-side.
“Coach [Jamie Belleau] always says go to the net. The puck popped out, I went it as quickly as possible and had enough room to put it in,” said Gagne.
“I didn’t put the rebound in the corner like I wanted to and he chipped it in over my shoulder,” said Howat, who had made a stick save on Tiner’s shot.
Two minutes later, Poussard made his second gem when Connor Griffin fed Nic Cota, who was alone at the top of the crease.
“[Poussard] was in the right place at the right time. He slid over at the last second. I didn’t get the shot off quickly enough and he got it with a low blocker,” said Cota.
“We outworked them all game long. We beat them to every puck. But we just couldn’t finish,” added Cota.
Wigant gave the Devils some breathing room against the run of play with 6:20 remaining as he fooled Howat with a rising 40-foot wrister after skating on to the puck following a Sam Cloutier faceoff win just outside the Bangor blue line.
“I took a couple of strides, brought it to the middle and let it fly,” said Wigant. “I didn’t have any other options. It was either shoot or dump it in. [Belleau] is always telling us to shoot if we don’t have any other options and put it on net.”
“It tipped off my glove and went in,” said Howat.
Parker capped the scoring by jamming the rebound of a Nick Mathon point shot over Howat.
Howat finished with 31 saves, including a shorthanded breakaway by Wigant early in the second period.
Bangor was without senior defenseman and All-Eastern Maine first teamer Nick George (game disqualification vs. Waterville), left wings Zach Papsadora (family vacation) and Cody McInnis (shoulder) and right wing Zeb Tuell (concussion).
Bangor hosts archrival Brewer on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.