At Bangor, the Hampden Academy Broncos built a 3-1 lead on goals by Cooper Antone, Mike Ward and Kalvin Costa-Vogel and sophomore goalie Ryan Manning stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period as the Broncos weathered a John Bapst rally the victory at Sawyer Arena.
Hampden Academy improved to 7-7 and avenged a 4-0 loss sustained on Jan. 4.
John Bapst of Bangor fell to 7-8.
Antone and John Bapst’s Joey Pate exchanged first-period goals before Ward and Costa-Vogel expanded the lead with goals 4:50 apart in the second period.
Alex Beals pulled the Crusaders within one with 40 seconds left in the second period but the Crusaders couldn’t get the equalizer despite an 11-4 shots-on-goal edge in the final period.
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 into the net off the glove-side wrist of John Bapst goalie Jaron Leonard.
Pate drew John Bapst level 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 into the upper short-side corner.
Ward gave Hampden the lead for good 3:31 into the second period off a rebound.
Antone’s shot from the left point was deflected by Matt Closson and JB goalie Jaron Leonard was able to kick it out with his left pad. But the puck came to Ward and he swept a backhander into the short side.
Costa-Vogel’s game-winner was a highlight-reel goal as he burst down the right wing, jumped in the air to avoid a hit, regained his balance and gathered in the puck before beating Leonard through the five-hole with a wrister from the right circle.
Beals gave the Crusaders some life at the end of the period when he dashed around the Bronco net and fired a wrister between Manning’s pads from the right circle.
But the Crusaders couldn’t tie it up as Manning was clutch in the third period and his mates did a good job clearing rebounds and blocking shots in the third period.
Manning finished with 20 saves and Leonard had 21.