BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor High School Rams proved to be opportunists on Wednesday night while extending their unbeaten streak to five games by virtue of a 5-1 Class A North hockey victory over St. Dominic Academy of Auburn.
Seniors Trevor DeLaite and Ben Crichton had a goal and two assists apiece; junior goalie Derek Fournier made 28 saves and the Rams (4-0-1) scored on two of their first three shots of the second period to build a 4-1 lead.
Nick Cowperthwaite added a third-period power play goal as Bangor improved to 5-1-1.
St. Dom’s fell to 4-4.
Junior left wing Connor Samson had staked the Saints to a 1-0 lead 4:31 into the game with a nifty deflection off Nate Richard’s thigh-high wrist shot through a posse of players.
But Crichton tied it at the 9:08 mark and Dan Webber gave Bangor the lead for good on the power play 3:51 later.
DeLaite’s goal just 16 seconds into the middle period expanded the lead, and Josh Sherwood made it 4-1 against the run of play at the 5:47 mark.
Sherwood’s shot was Bangor’s third of the period compared with the Saints’ eight.
Cowperthwaite made it 5-1 1:19 into the third period while the Rams were enjoying a two-man advantage.
“We pressured the puck well, we passed well, and we broke the puck out of our zone better than we have been,” said DeLaite. “Our overall speed was better today. This was the fastest we’ve played year.”
“We played quicker and were more in sync as a team offensively,” Crichton said. “Our breakout really came together.”
Crichton’s first goal was the result of an effective forecheck behind the net involving Ally Trimper and DeLaite.
DeLaite took the pass from Trimper and found Crichton, who had made his way from the point to the low slot.
“I knew Trevor would be looking for me, and I made the most of my opportunity,” said Crichton. “The goalie [Ridge Servidio] left me the whole top right corner.”
Webber scored off a multiple-shot flurry in the low slot.
DeLaite’s shot was saved by Servidio, and the senior goalie made a rebound save off Cowperthwaite before Webber swatted the puck behind him.
DeLaite’s early second-period goal resulted from a fortuitous bounce.
Crichton’s shot from the midpoint deflected off a St. Dom’s skate right to DeLaite.
“I put it along the ice, blocker side,” said DeLaite.
The Saints generated a number of chances, but Fournier was sharp and Sherwood extended the lead after doing a nice job keeping the puck in at the midpoint.
He sailed a wrister that beat Servidio over the glove as a Ram and Saint jostled in front of him.
Cowperthwaite capped the scoring when he deflected Crichton’s wrister from the point past Servidio.
The frustrated Saints took five penalties in the third period with coach Bob Parker receiving a minor and a game misconduct for arguing a call.
Fournier made two top-notch saves 16 seconds apart off St. Dom’s standout sophomore defenseman Trevor Bates in the third period as he smothered Bates’ open wrister from the middle of the slot and then got his blocker on Bates’ blast from the right circle.
Servidio finished with 21 stops.
“I thought we did a good job, but we just couldn’t get to the rebounds, and they have a real good goalie who gobbled up a lot of pucks,” said Parker. “He had the play in their end quite a bit. Some penalties got in our way, and it got worse and worse as time went on.”