BANGOR – John Bapst High School hockey coach Ray Thibodeau wasn’t sure what to expect from his Crusaders against Foxcroft Academy Friday night because they were coming off Thursday’s emotional overtime triumph over Messalonskee of Oakland.
After a tight first period, the Crusaders erupted for five second-period goals and cruised to an 8-3 victory at Sawyer Arena.
“We got our legs in the second period,” said John Bapst sophomore left wing Nate Susi, who had two goals and two assists to key the win.
Junior left wing Nate Waring had two goals and an assist and junior right wing Jason Ashley had a goal and three assists. Tim Smith, Chris Todd and Keith Freeman had the other goals for the 7-4 Crusaders.
Ben Preston and Mike Lebel had a goal and an assist each for 5-9 Foxcroft with Seth Condon scoring the other goal.
“We played real well in spurts,” said Thibodeau. “I was concerned after last night. We were emotionally drained. We came to life in the second period. If we hadn’t had that, we could have had our hands full.”
The Crusaders scored three goals in a span of 1:53 early in the second period to build their lead to 4-0.
Waring had scored the only goal of the first period by sweeping a 14-foot wrist shot through the pads of FA goalie Ben Orton.
Susi started the decisive second-period flurry at the 1:30 mark when he pounced on a loose puck in the corner to the left of Orton, walked out alone and snapped a 12-foot wrist shot between the goalie’s pads.
“I saw that the goalie didn’t have his stick down,” said Susi.
Just 35 seconds later, Smith scored with a one-timer from the circle to Orton’s left off an Ashley pass from the right wing boards. Smith’s shot nicked Orton’s goal stick before nestling in the far corner of the net.
Todd capped the spree by gobbling up an Ashley rebound at the far post and swiping the puck into the top corner.
Crusaders 8, Ponies 3
John Bapst(7-4) 1 5 2 – 8 Foxcroft(5-9) 0 2 1 – 3
First period – 1. JB, Waring (unassisted), 6:32. Penalties: none
Second period – 2. JB, Susi (unassisted), 1:30; 3. JB, Smith (Susi, Ashley), 2:05; 4. JB, Todd (Ashley), 3:23; 5. JB, Waring (Raczek, Maiorano), 7:57; 6. FA, Preston (Lebel), 11:11; 7. JB, Susi (Ashley), 11:21; 8. FA, Lebel (Preston), 13:24. Penalties: none.
Third period – 9. JB, Freeman (Waring, Susi), 5:00, pp; 10. JB, Ashley (Smith), 8:19, sh; 11. FA, Condon (Kluj), 10:28, pp. Penalties: FA, Lebel, hitting from behind and 10-minute misconduct, 4:11; JB, Raczek, unsportsmanlike conduct, 6:46; JB, Waring, unsportsmanlike conduct, 9:38; JB, Freeman, holding, 9:43.
Shots on goal: John Bapst 11-12-14 – 37; Foxcroft 7-11-6 – 24
Goaltenders: John Bapst, Richard Laferte; Foxcroft, Ben Orton
Power plays: John Bapst 1-1; Foxcroft 1-3
Bangor 7, South Portland 0
At Sawyer Arena in Bangor, Chris Junkins scored two goals as Bangor improved to 7-6.
David Lisnik, Jarod Gordon and Andy Sumner tallied a goal and an assist each for Bangor. Stuart Cooper and Adam Violette added a goal apiece, while Jason Tuck stopped all 21 shots he faced in goal.
Jason Asdourian made 33 saves on 40 shots for 4-7-1 South Portland.
Hampden 4, Old Town 2
At Alfond Arena in Orono, Josh Sparcio, Lee Miller, Karl Moser and Noah Rowland each scored a goal to give the Broncos the win.
Sean Tardiff assisted on two goals and Chad Trudel made 19 saves on 21 shots for the 3-8 Broncos.
For the 1-9 Indians, Ryan Bernard and Matt Dupuis each scored a goal. Jeremy Smith saved 35 of 39 shots.