BANGOR — The second-seeded Bangor High School Rams had their hands full with the youthful Brunswick High School Dragons Tuesday night but senior goalie Chris Howat made 20 saves and Bangor received power-play goals from Zeb Tuell and Jordan Tracy to oust Brunswick 4-1 in their Eastern Maine Class A hockey quarterfinal at Sawyer Arena.
Parker Sanderson gave Bangor a lead it would never relinquish with his 18th goal of the season 7:32 into the first period.
Tuell scored his sixth in the second period and Tracy notched his sixth in the third period.
Brunswick’s Dwayne Palmer scored his fourth of the season with 29 seconds left in regulation before Wyatt Frost capped the scoring with an empty-netter. It was his fourth.
Bangor improved to 14-5 while seventh-seeded Brunswick, comprised of all sophomores and freshmen with the exception of seniors Dylan Towle and Blake Bodwell, finished up at 7-11-1.
Sanderson opened the scoring on a breakaway down the left wing courtesy of a Kyle Farley pass.
Brunswick was caught in a line change and Sanderson fired a snap shot from the left circle over the glove of sophomore goalie Blake Alexander into the far corner.
Howat stopped Palmer and Towle on breakaways in the first period although the Rams outshot the Dragons 12-3.
Tuell scored at the 8:26 mark of the second period when he was camped out at the edge of the crease to Alexander’s right and tipped Cam Dickson’s wrister through the pads of Alexander.
Moments later, the Rams killed off a full two-minute, two-man disadvantage.
Tracy scored at the 9:22 mark of the third period when Dickson won a faceoff back to him, he maneuvered from right to left across the slot and beat Alexander with a wrist shot through the legs.
Palmer ruined Howat’s shutout bid by jamming the puck home during a scramble in front.
Alexander finished with 24 saves.
Bangor lost second-leading scorer Connor Griffin to a knee injury early in the first period.