LEWISTON – Something is going to have to give.

In two playoff games, Bangor hasn’t allowed a goal.

In its two playoff games, Lewiston has allowed just one.

Both teams have scored five goals in two games, too.

“It’s going to be a one-goal game, I think,” Lewiston senior defenseman Tim Gilbert said. “It’s going to be down to the wire, a third-period game, maybe overtime.”

After last Saturday’s win – Bangor goalie Andrew Riley’s second shutout in a row – the Bangor junior broke things down about as simply as anyone else could have.

“Everyone comes out with a job to do,” Riley said. “The defense helped me out a bit with those tough bounces off the back boards. We all have a job to do, and if we do them, we win games.”

The Blue Devils are looking to find a way to crack through that wall tonight as they square off against the Rams in the Eastern Class A final at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland.

Gilbert, a former forward now playing on the blue line, thinks he might have found the formula, if the team can execute it.

“They have a big goalie, we have to move him,” Gilbert said. “If we can’t get him going side-to-side, we won’t score.”

On the other end, Lewiston is protecting a young goalie of its own in Dylan LaBonte, a sophomore who stepped in midway through December and assumed the starting role in the midst of the team’s losing streak.

“He’s played well for us, and playing good team defense in front of him has been a big part of that,” Lewiston coach Norm Gagne said.

On the other end, offense has been at a premium for both teams. The Rams have scored just 2.27 goals per game, and Lewiston hasn’t been much better at 3.55, though Lewiston has picked it up late in the season.

“We don’t have what you’d call a sniper on this team, but we dig and dig and get goals by working hard in front of the net,” Bangor coach Ted Taylor said Saturday.

“It’s going to be a defensive game for sure,” Gagne said. “It’s going to be the team that makes the least mistakes, the team that can capitalize on the opponent’s mistakes, whether it’s on the power play or on an offensive zone turnover. The team having the composure to put it away is going to win.”

The winner of tonight’s game will play the winner of the Western Class A final between No. 2 Biddeford and No. 5 Scarborough on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Colisee.


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