Maine Hockey Journal

Lewiston stays unbeaten in Class A

Bangor, ME – Lewiston High School (6-0) knew they had a battle on their hands with a Class A showdown against the Bangor Rams (2-4-1).

Joey Fournier stepped up to the challenge, notching a hat trick in as Lewiston skated away with a 4-2 win over Bangor at Sawyer Arena on Monday night.

“We expected (a physical game),” said Lewiston High School head coach Jamie Belleau. “Bangor is a physical hockey team and coming into Sawyer (Arena), it’s always a tough place to play.”

“We are both physical teams,” Bangor’s Head Coach Ted Taylor said. “We had a great game down in Lewiston and I thought this was a good one.”

The Blue Devils struck first when Ryan Lemelin notched his sixth goal 2:25 into the game.

Fournier responded at the 7:22 mark of the first period as Bangor’s Adam King was serving a holding penalty.

“I saw the puck come from the point and (Cody Dussault) was taking the shot,” said Joey Fournier. It was deflected out in front and somehow it got on my stick.”

Slow starts have haunted Bangor all season.

“It’s been our nemeses all season long,” Taylor stated.

It didn’t take long for the Rams to respond in the second period. 25 seconds in, Joey Seccareccia tallied his fourth goal of the season.

“I thought it was one of (Seccareccia) best game,” said Taylor. “He’s getting better every game.”

“We got those two goals in the first period and thought we would be all set,” Fournier added. “Bangor is a tough team and we knew we couldn’t stop, but they came out harder in the second period then us.”

Phil Frost tied the game up on the powerplay 6:20 into the second period. The goal came right off the face-off in Bangor’s offensive zone. Bangor went 1-for-2 on the powerplay.

“The one penalty we did get was because we didn’t move our feet and got a stick up high,” added Belleau.

Belleau was pleased overall with his team’s discipline.

Fournier added his second powerplay goal with 4:36 remaining left in the middle period to restore Lewiston’s lead heading into the third. The Blue Devils were 2-for-2 on the man advantage.

Bangor didn’t let up in the third, but Poussard made eight saves to keep Bangor from tying the contest up.

“I knew we had to settle down because we were running all over the place,” said Cam Poussard.

Under two minutes in the game, Zach Papsadora was in Poussard’s crease which brought the face-off in the neutral zone.

“I hate that the most when they pull the goalie and its 6-on-5,” Poussard stated. “We lucked out when (Papsadora) was in the crease and Fournier was able to burry the last puck.”

Fournier added the empty netter with seven seconds to go as he let a 102 foot shot go for his first career hat trick.

“That’s great for Joey; he has worked hard the last four years,” said Belleau. “Certainly he capitalized at the end as he fought through a check to put the puck into the empty net.

Fournier knew it was a high risk play.

“If it missed the net, it would have been icing,” he added. “It was a dangerous play by me.”

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