Papsadora’s goal in OT lifts Bangor by rival Brewer

Posted Feb. 19, 2013, at 12:24 a.m.

ORONO — The Bangor Rams ice hockey team survived a late push by the Brewer Witches Monday night at Alfond Arena as senior forward Zach Papsadora outmuscled the Witches defense and buried the game winner 3:07 seconds into overtime to carry the Rams past the Witches by a 6-5 final in the “Fill the Alfond” game.

Bangor snapped a three-game losing streak in the series and improved to 14-3. Brewer moves to 11-6.

Papsadora attacked up the boards and cut left through slot where he pushed through a check by a Brewer defender and caught Brewer’s Patrick Spaulding on the ice as he buried a shot into the back of the net to give Bangor the win.

“I went to the left wall and I saw their player coming at me at an angle so I stopped real quick,” said Papsadora. “I saw the corner and I shot and got lucky that it went in.”

Story continues below advertisement.

Bangor led 5-2 with 8:08 remaining in the game, but a late three-goal push by the Witches forced overtime.

“There was a lot of heart in that third period,” Brewer coach David Shedd said. “They outshot us and they’re a big and powerful team, we did well to stay with them as long as we did.”

Bangor outshot Brewer 44-35.

“What a ride,” Bangor coach Quinn Paradis said. “They had momentum and we took it back. I told the guys we weren’t going to lose this one, we had it in our heart to win it.”

Jordan Tracy staked the Rams to a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal at the 7:28 mark of the first period as Bangor pulled goalie Rye Powell on a delayed penalty on Brewer’s Jonathan Shedd and capitalized.

Tracy picked the puck up at his blue line and streaked up the ice as the play developed into a 2-on-0 and he finished by sneaking the puck through the five-hole of Spaulding.

Brewer responded seconds later at the 7:41 mark of the first as senior Spencer Valley deked Powell to his backhand. Gabe Valley earned the assist on the goal.

The Rams countered with a goal at the 8:10 mark of the period as Alec Coleman-Pray picked up a rebound and stuffed it home.

Jake Fournier and Sam Kenney each added assists.

Parker Sanderson pushed the Rams lead to 3-1 at the 1:09 mark of the second period, finishing an unassisted goal by roofing a shot past Spaulding’s right shoulder.

Spencer Valley cut the Rams lead to 3-2 4:40 later with his second of the game.

Gabe Valley and Candace Daughty each chipped in an assist..

Bangor pushed its lead to a commanding 5-2 margin early in the third period with back-to-back power-play goals from defenseman Justin Courtney and then Sanderson at the 5:45 mark and the 6:52 mark respectively.

Brewer didn’t give up as Gabe Valley began a three-goal Witches rally at the 7:15 mark of the first with an assist from Jack Schroder.

Spencer Valley finished the hat trick with a power-play goal, cutting the Rams lead to 5-4 as Gabe Valley earned an assist.

The Witches evened the game at 5-5 at the 10:10 mark of the third as Zach Torrey blasted a loose rebound over the left shoulder of Powell on the power play.

Spencer Valley picked up an assist on the goal.

Recommend this article


View stories by school

Similar Articles

More in Sports