BANGOR, Maine — Kyle Farley scored early and Parker Sanderson and Jordan Tracy scored often as the Bangor High School Rams skated to an 8-2 high school hockey victory over Lawrence of Fairfield on Saturday night at Sawyer Arena.
The Rams played under the direction of assistant coach Quinn Paradis in place of head coach Denis Collins as Bangor officials investigate an incident reportedly involving the lack of bathroom breaks during a bus trip to Presque Isle and back on Tuesday.
“They were fired up and ready to play,” said Paradis of the Rams after the game.
Farley scored seven seconds into the power play and 1 minute, 51 seconds into the first period with an assist from Tracy to put the Rams (3-0 in Eastern Maine Class A) ahead for good against the Bulldogs (1-2 in East B).
“That was my first of the season,” said the junior defenseman. “It felt good to get [the scoring] started.”
“The puck was just sitting there [to the left of Lawrence goalie Kyle McLain],” added Farley. “I just pinched it and put it in. The goalie left the corner open.”
Sam Kenney, with assists from Sanderson and Farley, added a near carbon-copy goal 18 seconds later to put the undermanned Bulldogs back on their heels.
“We wanted to get on the board first,” said Paradis of the Rams’ game plan.
Lawrence coach Ted Fabian also would have liked a good start.
“Coming out in the first period…. We didn’t come out strong,” said Fabian after taking a moment to consider his response.
“Then they scored a few quick ones and that set us back,” he added.
After that the Rams’ used their extra forward lines and defensive tandems to try to wear out Lawrence.
“We played our depth [from a 22-player roster] and hoped to run ’em down a bit,” said Paradis.
Fabian, with only 16 players, has dealt with small numbers at each game this year. Saturday night, only 13 Bulldogs were suited, and Fabian was almost happy.
“That’s the most I’ve rostered all year,” he said.
Junior defenseman Cam Dickson and senior forward Zeb Tuell added two more first-period goals with Dickson scoring unassisted and Tuell being set up by Nate Bach.
In the second period, Tracy scored shorthanded twice on the same shift. In both cases Sanderson skated behind the net from the left side and came out the right up into the center while Tracy floated over toward the left post.
Sanderson fed him sharp passes both times and Tracy buried them behind McLain.
“The goalie was leaning hard [to the near post],” said Sanderson, a senior forward. “Jordie was at the back post, and that was the easiest option.”
“Those shorthanded goals pumped us up,” said Paradis. “They’ve been very good playing shorthanded together.”
After assisting on three goals, Sanderson posted his first score to push the lead to 7-0 after two periods.
A big reason Bangor was so strong on offense was because the Ram defensemen were able to keep the puck in or near their offensive end.
“The defense did a great job of regrouping the puck,” said Sanderson.
Lawrence scored twice in the first five minutes of the third period on goals by Adam Littlefield and Andrew Carter to cut Bangor’s lead to 7-2.
“We play so much offense, [Bangor goalie Rye Powell] hasn’t been tested the last couple of games,” said Paradis.
The Ram defense stiffened again and kept the Bulldogs off the board the remainder of the game.
Sanderson added a power-play goal in the third for the final score of the game.
Bangor goalies Powell and Joe Delp combined to make eight saves on 10 shots. Lawrence’s Kyle McLain faced considerably more shots as he made 55 saves on 63 shots on goal.