The boys’ hockey team season ended abruptly on Saturday afternoon at the Utica Aud.
The Bucs clashed with CBA in the Section III Division II championship and held the upper hand for the majority of the game. However, in the final two and a half minutes the Brothers scored three goals while the Bucs managed just on with CBA coming away with a 4-3 victory to end the Bucs hopes of returning to the state tournament.
It was a classic battle with the Bucs leading 1-0 after one with Zach Zerrahn lighting the red light.
CBA finally knotted it up at the end of the second period. The Bucs were on a power play, but Scott Firman wristed a shot from long range that found the opening at the left post and suddenly it was 1-1.
The craziness started with around 3:30 to go in the game.
Buc Jake Anderson finished it off in a scramble with Sean Mooney and Zerrahn keeping the puck alive just outside of the crease and the Bucs held a 2-1 lead.
Time ticked off, but a Buc penalty gave CBA a power play with 2:41 to go. It was only seconds later when Sam Mueller deflected a shot past Chase Izyk to knot it up.
Just 41 seconds later it was Ryan Durkin who stuffed the puck past Izyk for a 3-2 lead.
Firman made it yet another goal for CBA as he cashed in an open net opportunity for a 4-2 advantage.
However, the Bucs didn’t fold as Justin Clark scored unassisted with just under 33 seconds left.
Izyk finished with 21 saves for the Bucs who finished the season 14-6-3 and despite losing a tremendous amount of talent and leadership at the end of last year put together a solid season.
Coach Andy Rozak said, “Right from day one, they wanted to be successful and it showed every day. Here we are in the finals. It’s tough now, but they can be proud of what they did. The boys worked so hard all year in every practice and every game. They left everything
on the ice.”