The Bangor High School hockey team, Eastern Maine Class A finalists a year ago, are off to a 5-2 start with its only losses coming at the hands of defending two-time state champ Falmouth and St. Dominic of Auburn, the Eastern A titlist.
Falmouth is currently 8-0 and St. Dom’s is 4-1-1 and both are atop their respective Heal Points standings in the West and East.
Bangor head coach Quinn Paradis said his Rams have played “very well” overall but he is looking for a little more from them against the top teams.
“Our goaltending [sophomore Derek Fournier] has been very strong and our offense has been strong,” Paradis said. “But we’ve got to find a way to score against strong goalies. We’ve got to generate a little more offense, more high-percentage scoring chances. And we’ve got to get a little better in the defensive zone.”
Bangor held Falmouth to just 17 shots on goal in Saturday’s setback but manufactured just 13 themselves.
“That’s the first time we’ve been shut out in a long time,” Paradis said.
Junior center Trevor DeLaite (4 goals, 7 assists) and senior center Jake Fournier (5 & 6) have been Bangor’s top scorers followed by senior wingers Nick Graham (5 & 3), Sam Kenney (5 & 1) and Andrew Elston (2 & 4).
Senior Owen Trundy (2 & 3) and junior Ben Crichton (1 & 3) are the top point-getters on defense.
Bangor travels to take on 1-3-1 Lawrence-Skowhegan at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday before hosting 6-1-1 Cheverus of Portland at 6:30 p.m. Friday.