AUBURN — Bangor High School hockey coach Denis Collins said the second period hasn’t been kind to his Rams this season. But it was on Tuesday night.
Bangor used second-period goals by Phil Frost, Tom Bearor and Carl Farnham to break open a close game and Chris Howat made 18 saves as Bangor shut out Gray-New Gloucester/Poland 5-0 in their Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinal at Ingersoll Arena.
Adam King’s first-period goal staked Bangor to a 1-0 lead and Adam Toth-Javor added a third-period insurance goal.
Sixth seed Bangor is now 11-8 and will play No. 2 St. Dominic Academy of Auburn, 13-4-2, in Saturday’s 6 p.m. semifinal at The Colisee in Lewiston.The third-seeded Patriotic Knights wound up 13-5-1.
The Patriots Knights carried the play in the first period, but Howat came up with a number of key saves, including a short-side pad save off a two-on-one wrister by dynamic Kolby Arnold; a stick save off Zac Knapp, who was set up in the middle of the slot by Arnold; and another short-side save off Arnold, who walked in alone out of the corner to Howat’s right.
“I tried to go five-hole, but he got his pad on it,” said Arnold. “He played well.”
“I tracked the puck very well tonight,” said Howat.
King opened the scoring at the 10:28 mark when he was set up in front by Frost, who passed it out of the corner to the left of GNG/Poland goalie Matt Ouellette.
“I knew Phil would slide it through, and he did and I tapped it in,” said King.
“If we had been able to cash in on one of those early chances, it might have been different,” said Patriotic Knights coach Aaron Rand. “But their goalie played very well. They stemmed the tide and capitalized on their chances.”
Frost and Bearor scored 1:36 apart early in the second period as the Rams began playing the body and taking control of the game.
Frost scored off a breakaway after poking the puck free at the defensive blue line.
“They tried to make a point-to-point pass and I got a piece of it,” said Frost, who beat Ouellette with a backhander.
“(Ouellette) got a piece of it, but it carried into the net,” said Frost, who scored at the 2:37 mark.
Bearor converted the rebound of a Tyler Shanklin point shot.
“I just took a whack at it,” said Bearor, who got enough of it to ease it past Ouellette.
Farnham gave the Rams some breathing room by roofing a Connor Griffin rebound from a tight angle to Ouellette’s left.
Toth-Javor added an insurance goal in the third period by deflecting Zach Papsadora’s high wrist shot past Ouellette, who played well in defeat for the hard-working Patriotic Knights. He wound up with 32 saves.
Bangor’s superior size, depth and physicality wore the Patriotic Knights down after the first period as the Rams wound up outshooting their hosts 25-8 over the final two periods to finish with a 37-18 edge.
“We knew we had to pressure their defense, and when we did, we started getting chances,” said King.
“They did a good job keeping us to the outside,” said Arnold, who has been the Patriotic Knights’ leading scorer the past three years.