BANGOR – Bangor High School sophomore left wing David Lisnik exhibited the value of speed Friday night.
Lisnik scored the tying and go-ahead goals during a second-period flurry that saw the Rams score four times in 6 minutes, 28 seconds en route to a hard-fought 5-3 Class A schoolboy hockey victory over Biddeford at Sawyer Arena.
Lisnik scored off his own rebound on a partial breakaway to tie the game and then scored with a wrist shot off a solo effort 3:51 later to give Bangor the lead for good.
Seventeen seconds later, Andy Sumner made it 4-2 and Mike Deveau capped the spree 1:20 after Sumner’s goal.
Senior goalie Jason Tuck made 15 saves in the third period, including several gems, to keep the Tigers off the board untiin’s last-minute goal.
Bangor is now 3-2 including three straight wins while the tough-luck Tigers fell to 2-5 with the five losses coming by a total of six goals.
Bangor’s Corey Junkins and Biddeford’s Mike Laflamme swapped first-period goals before Eric Parent’s second-period breakaway gave Biddeford its only lead.
“I enjoyed this one more than the Waterville win (7-3 on Dec. 20),” said Bangor coach Bill Schwarz. “Biddeford beat us last year and they’ve got a quality team that has had some tough losses. It was good for our team to win a tough game.”
Lisnik’s tying goal came despite the efforts of Parent, who hooked him around the chest.
“I kicked the puck up with my foot and it slid right into the goalie’s pad. It came back out and I took another whack and it went over him,” said Lisnik.
On his go-ahead goal, he said he noticed that Biddeford had its third line out.
“I figured I could get around them no problem. I pushed the puck ahead and used my speed to get around the defenseman. I saw the lower right side of the net open and I put it there,” said Lisnik of his 15-foot wrist shot.
Biddeford goalie Andy Lemelin said, “That was a good shot. He had his head up, saw the corner and hit it.”
Sumner squeezed a short wrist shot through Lemelin’s pads off a Stuart Cooper feed and Deveau scored off a face-off draw won by Jared Gordon to Lemelin’s left.
“I was going to try to hold their guy up so Dave [Lisnik] could get a shot off. But the puck came to me, there was nobody on me, so I took the shot and put in the rebound,” said Deveau.
Tuck was the story in the third period as Biddeford outshot Bangor 16-3 with many of those shots coming on a pair of early power plays.
“I got into a rhythm,” said Tuck. “They got a bunch of point shots but I saw them every time because my defensemen were clearing guys in front of the net.”
Tuck robbed Casey Laflamme while on his stomach during the power play, sticking his glove up at the last second to snare Laflamme’s rebound.
“I should have gotten it up higher. But he made a great save,” said Laflamme.
Tiger coach Jack Lowry said, “Their goalie came up huge in the third period. He was phenomenal.”
Lowry also said a 10-minute misconduct penalty in the second period on his top defenseman, Jamie Gagnon, for having his mouthpiece out, hurt his team and he was upset that Gagnon didn’t receive at least a warning first.
Rams 5, Tigers 3
Biddeford (2-5) 1 1 1 – 3 Bangor (3-2) 1 4 0 – 5
First period – 1. Bangor, Co. Junkins (unassisted), 1:10; 2. Biddeford, M. Laflamme (Frechette), 7:48. Penalties – Bangor, Franck, interference, 13:04.
Second period – 3. Biddeford, Parent (unassisted), 5:14; 4. Bangor, Lisnik (unassisted), 7:57, pp; 5. Bangor, Lisnik (unassisted), 12:48; 6. Bangor, Sumner (Cooper), 13:05; 7. Bangor, Deveau (Gordon), 14:2Bangor, Sumner (Cooper), 13:05; 7. Bangor, Deveau (Gordon), 14:25. Penalties – Bangor, Wilson, tripping, 6:06; Biddeford, Gagnon, 10-minute misconduct for mouthpiece violation, 6:06; Biddeford, J. Lamontagne, holding, 6:45; Bangor, Gordon, interference, 8:55; Bangor, Franck, holding, 10:31; Biddeofrd, J. Lamontagne, holding, 10:31.
Third period – 8. Biddeford, Beaudoin (Crepeau), 14:04. Penalties – Bangor, Co. Junkins, holding, 5:31; Bangor, Lisnik, cross checking, 6:53; Biddeford, C. Laflamme, interference, 7:28; Biddeford, J. Lamontagne, slashing, 10:43; Bangor, Schroeder, high sticking, 10:43; Biddeford, Crepeau, interference, 12:59; Bangor, Wilson, tripping, 13:04; Biddeford, Clemons, hitting after the whistle, 13:53; Bangor, Schroeder, hitting after the whistle, 13:53.
Shots on goal: Bangor 11-15-3 – 29; Biddeford 5-7-16 – 28
Goaltenders: Bangor, Jason Tuck; Biddeford, Andy Lemelin
Power-play opportunities: Bangor 1-3, Biddeford 0-4