April 07, 2020

Bangor pounds Eagles> Sumner, Libbey key Rams’ second line

BANGOR – Junior center Jared Gordon, sophomore left wing David Lisnik and junior right wing Mike Deveau comprise Bangor High School’s high-powered top line. They produced three goals in Bangor’s convincing 7-0 win over Mount Ararat of Topsham Saturday night at Sawyer Arena.

But the Rams have a rapidly emerging second line with senior Andy Sumner between freshman left wing Justin Libbey and sophomore right wing Stuart Cooper. That line scored three times as Bangor won for the fifth time in its last six games.

“Our line is starting to jell. We’re coming along,” said Libbey, who had his fourth goal of the season and an assist.

Sumner agreed, saying, “Yeah, we’re picking up a lot. We’re skating real well.”

Sumner scored his sixth and seventh goals for the 5-3 Rams.

Bangor coach Bill Schwarz said Sumner has “really stepped forward the last three or four games” and added that having scoring balance significantly helps his team because opponents can’t key on just one or two players.

The Rams, who also received a goal from third-line freshman center Eben Sypitkowski, completely dominated the younger and smaller Eagles to the tune of a 46-7 shots-on-goal margin.

Senior Jason Tuck posted the shutout for the Rams.

“Their guys are quick and they move the puck well in the [offensive] zone,” said Mount Ararat senior goalie John Firzcak, who was victimized for six of the seven goals. “It was a very fast-paced game. We aren’t used to that kind of play.”

Mount Ararat fell to 4-5.

Bangor took the lead for good when Lisnik notched his first of two goals just 2:28 into the game. Gordon gave him a long pass leading to a one-on-one.

“I had a full head of steam coming into the zone and I cut across. I don’t think their defenseman thought I had that much steam. I went right around him, put it on my backhand and slid it right by the goalie’s pad on the near post,” said Lisnik, whose goal was his 11th of the season.

Firzcak said, “He caught me off guard. I thought our defenseman was going to pick him up but he went around him and then he went around me.”

Libbey made it 2-0 at the 7:10 mark when he pounced on a loose puck at center ice, burst between defenseman and beat Firzcak to the glove side.

“I deked left and put it over his [other] shoulder,” said Libbey.

Sumner made it 3-0 later in the period off a Libbey pass. Sumner was tangled up with a defenseman at the top of the crease “and I just poked at it. It wound up trickling in.”

Gordon and Sumner [power play] scored in the second period as Gordon wheeled out of the corner and snapped a 16-foot wrist shot under the crossbar for his ninth of the year before Sumner scored off a faceoff won by Gordon.

Sumner skated into an open seam and fired a 15-foot wrist shot between Firzcak’s pads.

Rams 7, Eagles 0

Bangor 3 2 2 – 7 Mount Ararat 0 0 0 – 0

First Period – 1. Bangor, Lisnik (Gordon), 2:28; 2. Bangor, Libbey (unassisted), 7:10; 3. Bangor, Sumner (Libbey, Cooper), 12:12. Penalties: none

Second Period – 4. Bangor, Gordon (Deveau), :33; 5. Bangor, Sumner (Gordon), 8:05, pp. Penalties: Bangor, Cooper, 10-minute misconduct, 1:54; MA, Bouchard, roughing, 6:45; Bangor, Lisnik, roughing, 8:01; MA, Kay, roughing, 8:01; MA, Eddy, high-sticking, 9:04; Bangor, Kotredes, high-sticking, 9:04; Bangor, Deveau, elbowing, 10:47; MA, Brawn, elbowing, 10:47; Bangor, Ch. Junkins, slashing, 13:05.

Third Period – 6. Bangor, Lisnik (unassisted), :47; 7. Bangor, Sypitkowski (Carey), 2:26. Penalties: MA, Gaydos, boarding, 8:38; MA, Allen, roughing, 10:14; Bangor, Lisnik, holding, 10:14; Bangor, Sumner, roughing, 10:14; MA, Shankle, roughing, 10:14; MA, Shankle, holding, 12:45; Bangor, Ch. Junkins, holding, 12:45; MA, McFadden, slashing, 13:00.

Shots on goal: Bangor 17-15-14-46; Mount Ararat 3-2-2-7

Goaltenders: Bangor, Jason Tuck; Mount Ararat, John Firzak (34 shots, 28 saves), Nate Chisholm (:47 of 3rd, 12-11)

Power-play opportunities: Bangor 1-for-3, Mount Ararat 0-for-1

Attendance: 121

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