June 23, 2018
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Bangor, John Bapst open high school hockey tourney Tuesday night in ‘A,’ ‘B’

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor and John Bapst hockey teams both earned the second seeds in their respective classes and will host seventh seeds in the quarterfinal round in a doubleheader at Sawyer Arena when the high school hockey tourney opens Tuesday night.

Class A Bangor, 15-3, will face Hall-Dale/Winthrop/Maranacook, 10-6-2, at 5 p.m. with Class B John Bapst, 12-5-1, facing off against Lawrence of Fairfield, 6-12, at approximately 7.

Bangor and John Bapst each earned narrow regular-season victories over their quarterfinal round opponents.

Bangor beat Hall-Dale/Winthrop/Maranacook 4-2 in their season-opener on Dec. 8 while John Bapst nipped Lawrence 5-4 on Feb. 13.

Bangor won seven of its final eight games while the Hawks went 3-4-1 in their last eight.

Bangor features the high-powered top line of Parker Sanderson (19 goals, 21 assists), Jordan Tracy (14 & 16) and Zach Papsadora (13 & 9), a young and solid defense corps anchored by sophomores Sam Huston (7 & 5) and Sam Kenny (4 & 5) and junior Justin Courtney (5 & 6) and junior goalie Rye Powell (2.31 goals-against average).

Coach Andre Dube’s Hawks are led by Class A’s leading scorer Dan Condon (22 & 29) and No. 4 point-producer in Matt Plourde (13 & 29) along with Jared Hanson (14 & 13). Zachary Bessette (6 & 7) is the top scoring defenseman and senior Tyler Plante (2.87) has manned the pipes.

John Bapst, unbeaten in its last four (3-0-1), has been led by Jacob Fletcher, Alex LaFrance and Jonathan Cheff along with veteran defensemen Ray Hummels, Ethan Handley and Kurt Massey and senior goalie Jaron Leonard.

Lawrence, which has lost its last four, has been led by Andrew Carpenter and Tyler Boudreau, who each had a goal and two assists in the loss to the Crusaders.

Luke Lawrence, Cody Martin and goalie Kyle McLain have also been key contributors.

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