BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor High School hockey team displayed scoring balance and a thorough defensive effort Tuesday night en route to its eighth straight win, 6-0, over Brunswick in a penalty-filled Eastern Maine Class A contest at Sawyer Arena.
The game featured 31 penalties for 70 minutes.
Sophomore center Trevor DeLaite had two goals and an assist, junior left wing Nick Graham had a pair of goals and junior center Jordan Tracy dished out three assists to pace the 8-1 Rams, who received at least a goal or an assist from 10 players.
Senior goalie Rye Powell made 14 saves in posting the shutout.
Alec Coleman-Pray and Sam Kenney scored the other goals and Coleman-Pray also had an assist. Nate Bach and Justin Courtney had two assists each.
The score was misleading as the swift-skating Dragons (7-5-1) did a commendable job protecting the front of their net through the first two periods and held their own territorially. But the veteran Ram defense corps made it difficult for the smaller Dragons to sustain a forecheck.
Coleman-Pray scored in the first period and Graham and DeLaite extended the lead with goals 5:05 apart in the middle period. The Rams put the game away with goals 27 seconds apart by Kenney and Graham in the third period before DeLaite capped the scoring 1:13 later.
“It was an OK performance,” said Bangor coach Quinn Paradis. “We played well enough to win. We always play scrappy hockey against Brunswick. It’s part of the game.”
Brunswick coach Mike Routhier felt the game was “micromanaged” by the referees.
“Five-on-five, we hung in there. We were physical and went toe-to-toe with them pretty much,” said Routhier. “But it was tough to get a flow going [due to the penalties] and the kids got discouraged. We’re a better team than we showed tonight.
“You’ve got to credit Bangor’s defense. They’re pretty strong, they’re good skaters and they gapped well. They always kept the play in front of them,” added Routhier.
Coleman-Pray, playing in just his second game after returning from a thumb injury, opened the scoring with 2:36 left in the first period when Bach fed Tracy for an in-tight wrister from the top of the crease and he capitalized on the rebound.
“I put it five-hole,” said Coleman-Pray.
Graham made it 2-0 only 2:40 into the second period when he converted a Tracy pass from behind the net.
“Jordan hit me in the slot and I saw the low, right side [far side] open,” said Graham, who beat senior goalie Blake Alexander with a one-timer from the inner half of the left circle.
DeLaite made it 3-0 with a power-play tip-in off a Courtney point shot.
“It was designed. We get it to Justin to take shots on goal and Sam Kenney and I try to get tips and rebounds. I saw the shot the whole way. We work on that in practice,” said DeLaite, who redirected the puck past Alexander’s right pad as the goalie slid across the other way to try to save Courtney’s shot.
Bangor capitalized on a 5-on-3 4:24 into the third period when Kenney skated out of the corner to Alexander’s left and roofed a short-side wrister from a difficult angle near the extended goal line.
Graham followed by finding the far corner from another Tracy pass before DeLaite swept in a Kyle Farley rebound.
Powell was tested much until the third period when the Rams gave the Dragons a series of five-on-threes. Powell was sharp and made a number of quality saves.
Alexander finished with 17 saves.
“It was a big win. They’re a good team,” said DeLaite.
Bangor went 2-for-10 on the power play while Brunswick was 0-for-10.