Lewiston’s Cam Dionne knocks the puck into the goal past Bangor’s Jacob Henry during the Class A North boys’ hockey semifinals game at The Colisee on Saturday evening. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)

LEWISTON — Cam Dionne and his linemates listened, and that was good news for Lewiston.

The Blue Devils senior forward scored a pair of goals off assists from fellow senior linemate Gunnar Wade and Lewiston also added two power-play goals to top Bangor 5-2 in a Class A North boys’ hockey semifinal Saturday night at Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

It’s the fourth year in a row — and fifth time in six years — that the Blue Devils have defeated the Rams in the playoffs. No. 1 Lewiston now advances to the regional final next Tuesday at the Colisee, where it will face longtime rival St. Dominic Academy.

Dionne’s second goal, less two minutes into the third, proved to be too much for Bangor to come back from. A shot from the high slot eluded Bangor goalie Jacob Henry and made it a 4-1 game.

“Three lines is important. They’ve worked hard all year. I’m really happy for them today,” Lewiston coach Jamie Belleau said. “They listened. They made sure there was a high guy. They were leaving the middle open, and we hit him twice. You’re pleased when kids get rewarded for listening, doing the right things.”

The Blue Devils (17-2) came out hot, outshooting the fourth-seeded Rams (12-8) 6-1 early. The sixth shot put the Blue Devils on the board. Dionne had the fourth shot in a short sequence, and it made it past Henry 5:16 in.

The Rams went on the power play soon after, and halfway through it turned into a two-man advantage, but Lewiston goalie Conrad Albert and the Blue Devils defense stood tall and turned away four shots.

Bangor kept its foot on the gas until a penalty of its own put the brakes on the Rams’ offensive pressure. Henry then had to make two point-blank saves on the penalty kill with 30 seconds left in the first to keep it a 1-0 game.

The Blue Devils did convert on that power play when it carried over into the second period. Sam Frechette finished off an assist from Jayden Wilson.

“You want to stay out of the box, you want to try to capitalize on other teams’ mistakes,” Belleau said. “Special teams can make or break a game, typically in playoff hockey, so it’s certainly a good motivation for our kids to execute well and then put a couple up on the power play.”

The Rams responded with a breakaway goal from Reid Higgs exactly two minutes later, but Dustin Larochelle scored another Lewiston power-play goal 59 seconds after that to prevent Bangor from fully seizing momentum.

“That was the biggest difference-maker. We knew special teams was going to be huge,” Bangor coach Quinn Paradis said. “We didn’t kill well enough. Two of the penalties we took we paid for.”

Albert, seeing some of the most shots he had all season, stopped another breakaway by David Brown seven minutes in.

“We had a couple breakaways in the second period that we didn’t finish on, and if those went in it could have been a different game,” Paradis said.

Bangor finally killed off a penalty late in the second, despite Henry having to make a few tough saves, to keep it a two-goal game after two periods.

Dionne’s second tally against Henry made it a three-goal game.

Brown scored off a rebound of a Higgs shot to cut the deficit back to two with seven minutes left, but Alex Robert pounded the nail into the coffin with 1:31 remaining.

Albert made 23 saves, while Henry had 20 for Bangor.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game. They played us tough (during the regular season),” Belleau said. “It’s what we expect. You expect every team to give you everything they’ve got. Bangor’s a good team.”

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Lewiston’s Owen Cox shoots the puck past Bangor’s Charlie Budd during the Class A North boys’ hockey semifinals game at The Colisee on Saturday evening. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)Lewiston’s Owen Cox takes the puck down the ice followed by Bangor’s Ben Lane during the Class A North boys’ hockey semifinals game at The Colisee on Saturday evening. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)Lewiston’s Alex Robert hustle’s towards the puck in between Bangor’s Ethan Scripture and Nevin Daviault during the Class A North boys’ hockey semifinals game at The Colisee on Saturday evening. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)Lewiston’s Nick Boudreau looks towards the goal as Bangor’s David Brown pressures him during the Class A North boys’ hockey semifinals game at The Colisee on Saturday evening. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)


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