BANGOR, Maine — Bangor High School junior center Jordan Tracy said after his team had its eight-game winning streak snapped by the Falmouth Yachtsmen on Friday night, the Rams were forced to “feel what it was like to lose again.”
And they didn’t want to experience it again when Falmouth came calling Monday night, so the Rams jumped out to a 5-0 lead and withstood a late rally from the resilient defending state Class A champions to register a 6-3 triumph at Sawyer Arena.
“That [loss] really motivated us to come out flying and get a win,” said Tracy, who scored a pair of goals, including a shorthanded goal in the second period.
“We came out hungry in the first period. We knew we were going to have to work for this one,” said senior center Cam Dickson, who had a goal and an assist. “We played real well tonight. All the lines produced and that’s definitely a key.”
Bangor, ranked No. 2 in East A, improved to 9-2 while Falmouth, ranked No. 1 in West A, fell to 9-5. The Yachtsmen beat Bangor 3-1 Friday night.
The Rams controlled the game throughout most of the first two periods and took a 2-0 lead on first-period goals just 36 seconds apart by Tracy and Trevor DeLaite.
Bangor won most of the loose puck battles and was able to sustain its forecheck while limiting Falmouth to few good scoring opportunities.
Bangor outshot Falmouth 26-16 through two periods, including 15-5 in the first period.
Tracy’s shorthanded goal and an even-strength score by Justin Courtney expanded the lead to 4-0 in the second period and Dickson’s third-period goal expanded the lead at the 6:55 mark.
But the Yachtsmen made things interesting when senior left winger Tyler Jordan scored consecutive goals 2:18 apart and Reece Armitage made it 5-3 with 1:49 remaining.
However, Jake Fournier’s empty-netter sewed up the win.
“We didn’t show up for two periods and you can’t do that against a team like this,” said Falmouth coach Deron Barton, whose team was playing its third game in four days. “Bangor played the same way they did against us the other night. They came at us. They’re big, strong and talented and they don’t quit.
“They gave us more than we could handle,” added Barton.
Tracy opened the scoring at the 8:46 mark when he swept home an Alec Coleman Pray rebound from the edge of the crease.
Seconds later, Kyle Farley’s clearing pass landed on the stick of Sam Kenney in the neutral zone for a breakaway. Dane Pauls made a pad save but the rebound spilled over to DeLaite and he deposited it into the empty net.
Bangor goalie Rye Powell made an important save off Noah Nagem off a three-on-one at the outset of the second period before Tracy’s shorthanded goal came off a Pauls turnover.
“He was trying to make a play and, luckily, he hit me in the chest with the puck,” said Tracy, who stickhandled around the goalie and slotted it into the empty net.
Courtney made it 4-0 when his wrister from the left-wing boards slipped through a maze of players and between the pads of Pauls.
Dickson got a fortuitous bounce on his goal as he initially tried to pass the puck to Owen Trundy.
“The puck hit Owen’s knee and came back to me. [Pauls] gave me the top corner short-side and I was lucky enough to hit it,” said Dickson.
Bangor did an exceptional job protecting its net front until Jordan beat Powell glove-side off a Brandon Peters pass out from behind the net and then beat him five-hole from the left circle on the power play. Armitage made it 5-3 with a snap shot from the right point.
Powell and Pauls each finished with 25 saves.