BANGOR — Hampden Academy senior left wing Kalvin Costa-Vogel saw a John Bapst Crusader sliding over and lining him up for a body check as he sprinted down the right wing.
“I knew if I didn’t jump, he was going to hit me (hard),” explained Costa-Vogel whose leap enabled him to avoid most of the hit.
He landed on his left skate, regained his balance, gathered in the puck and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal as the Broncos built a 3-1 lead and held on for a 3-2 triumph at Sawyer Arena Tuesday night.
Costa-Vogel’s goal came 4:50 after Mike Ward had broken a 1-1 tie.
Alex Beals scored with 40 seconds left in the second period to pull the Crusaders within a goal and the Crusaders swarmed the Bronco net in the third period searching for the equalizer only to have sophomore goalie Ryan Manning stop all 11 shots and secure the win.
HA’s Cooper Antone and John Bapst’s Joey Pate had exchanged first-period goals.
Hampden Academy improved to 7-7 and avenged a 4-0 loss sustained on Jan. 4.
John Bapst of Bangor fell to 7-8.
Costa-Vogel had a clear path to the net after avoiding hit at the offensive blue line.
“I was looking for an opening and I saw the five-hole,” said Costa-Vogel whose wrister from the right circle snuck between John Bapst goalie Jaron Leonard’s pads.
“That was a good goal,” said John Bapst coach Gene Fadrigon.
Antone opened the scoring by converting a two-on-one.
He carried the puck down the left wing and his wrist shot from the left circle deflected in off the glove-side wrist of Leonard.
Pate tied it when he took a pass from Beals, cut from right to left across the high slot and beat Manning cleanly with a snap shot over Manning’s glove.
Ward gave Hampden the lead for good 3:31 into the second period.
Antone’s shot from the left point was deflected by Matt Closson and Leonard was able to kick it out with his left pad.
“The rebound came out and I backhanded it in (the short side),” said Ward.
After Costa-Vogel’s highlight-reel goal, Beals gave the Crusaders some life when he dashed around the Bronco net and fired a wrister between Manning’s pads.
But the Crusaders couldn’t tie it up as Manning came up with a number of quality saves and his mates did a good job clearing rebounds and blocking shots.
Manning finished with 20 saves and Leonard had 21.
The Broncos had the better of the play in the first two periods as they won the majority of the puck battles thanks to their quickness and tenacity.
John Bapst had trouble generating rush chances or sustaining their forecheck.
But the Crusaders came to life in the third period, outshooting Hampden Academy 11-4 only to come up short.
Manning caught a break with 10 minutes left after making a save on Beals’ point shot through a maze of players.
The rebound skipped into the high slot but Jonathan Cheff’s shot labeled for a half-empty net wound up hitting a Bapst player and deflecting back into the slot.
“The defense did a real good job in front of me,” said Manning. “They shut down the middle of the ice and the front of the net. I didn’t face many second shots.”
“Hampden has a good team. They outworked us in the first two periods. We played well in the third but couldn’t put the puck in the net,” said Fadrigon.