ORONO, Maine — The Brewer High School Witches built a 3-0 first-period lead in their last meeting with archrival Bangor on Dec. 22 before having to settle for a 5-5 overtime tie.
They carved out another 3-0 first-period lead in Fill the Alfond Night at the University of Maine’s Alfond Arena Thursday night but the Witches didn’t let this one slip away.
Junior right wing Lucas Lamond sandwiched a pair of first-period goals around one by Jacob Chapman; the Witches added four more unanswered goals in the second period and senior goalie Eric White made several key stops when the game was in doubt as the Witches cruised to a convincing 10-4 victory.
It was Class B Brewer’s 10th straight win as the Witches improved to 14-1-1.
Class A Bangor fell to 9-6-1 while losing for just the second time in nine games.
Tyler White, Alec Pacheco, Kyle Alexander and Evan Nadeau built the lead to 7-0 in the second period as the seven Witch seniors concluded their careers with a 6-1-1 record against the Rams.
Joey Seccareccia’s power-play goal 2:08 into the third period and Nick George’s shorthanded goal 1:14 later made it 7-2 before Nadeau added his second of the game.
Bangor’s Nic Cota and Jacob Turmel cut the lead to 8-4 before Nick Risser and Tyler McCormick capped the scoring on the power play.
An enthusiastic crowd estimated at 2,500 turned out for the third Fill the Alfond match-up between the two rivals and the Witches, who had lost the previous two Fill the Alfond games, proved to be opportunists in the opening 15 minutes.
Bangor had a significant edge in puck possession and offensive zone play but the Witches made the most of their chances while White was keeping the Rams off the scoresheet.
“They came out hard but we scored and that changed the whole game right there. They definitely outplayed us in the first period but we came back with those goals and those goals did everything for us,” said left wing Tyler White, who had two assists to go with his goal.
“We got some good bounces in the first period but, in the second period, we took it to them,” said Brewer senior defenseman Chris Lopez, who had four assists.
“We weren’t strong on the backcheck. We tried to carry the puck into the offensive zone instead of dumping it in and chasing it. So they got odd-man rushes and capitalized on them,” said Bangor senior defenseman Devon Lyshon.
Brewer capitalized on its superior speed in the last two periods and created chances off the rush as well as on the forecheck. They also benefited from Bangor’s numerous defensive breakdowns.
White gave a preview of his upcoming performance on the game’s first shift when Phil Frost set up an unattended Nic Cota at the top of the crease. White closed his pads and kicked out Cota’s shot.
“He got his lower right pad on it,” said Cota. “He’s a great goalie. He’s just one of those goalies that when he’s on, he’s on.”
Cota also said the Witches “outskated us.”
“Eric White stood on his head like he always does,” said Bangor coach Ted Taylor. “We gave up too many odd-man rushes and they’re finishers. They know how to finish.”
Lamond opened the scoring at the 7:28 mark of the first period by beating Bangor sophomore goalie Chris Howat from the doorstep.
Kyle Alexander had his shot blocked but chased the puck down behind the net and centered it to a open Lamond just beyond the crease.
“[Kyle] did the work. He got it out to me, there was no one on me, and I pounded it in five-hole,” said Lamond.
Chapman expanded the lead just 55 seconds later on a breakaway initiated by a Tyler White pass.
“I thought someone was going to hit me but no one did. I had open ice and went around him and put it in on the backhand,” said Chapman.
Lamond made it 3-0 at the 11:15 mark when he converted a two-on-one by carrying the puck down the right wing and snapping a wrister from the right circle into the upper short-side corner.
“I was going to pass it over to Spencer Valley but their defenseman shifted over to him and I saw the short-side corner,” said Lemond, who also noted that Howat cheated over to the far post, also.
Tyler White made it 4-0 3:59 into the second period when he found open space in the right circle and one-timed a Nadeau pass into the net.
“I put it to the short side [upstairs]” said White. “We knew [Howat] was a goalie who went down quickly and over half of our goals went over his shoulder.”
Pacheco extended the lead 2:16 later by busting down the slot and roofing a wrister under the crossbar.
Alexander converted a Pacheco pass and Nadeau capped the second-period scoring with a 50-foot slap shot that appeared to knuckle over Howat’s glove.
Eric White finished with 31 saves while Howat wound up with 23.