Bucs Survive Mariners to Win Admirals Cup

PORTLAND, Maine -- Maine Maritime scored four goals in the final eight minutes but fell one score shy as Massachusetts Maritime edged the Mariners, 11-10, in non-conference game Sunday at Fitzpatrick Stadium. The Bucs won the Admirals Cup and improved to 2-2, while Maine Maritime fell to 0-6.

Nick Betti and Tom Houle led the Mariners with three goals each, Nick Snelling added two and Bronson Guimond and Cameron Wyman one.

John Hojnoski and Sean Staples paced the Bucs with three goals each, Drew Prowse and Dylan Freudenberg two, and Anthony Kurylak one.

Mass. Maritime took a 10-6 lead when Hojnoski hooked up with Prowse with 10:26 left in the game. Guimond and Betti netted back-to-back shots to make it 10-8 with 4:06 left in the fourth. Staples gave the Bucs some breathing room with an unassisted score at 2:46 before Betti and Snelling scored 24 seconds apart to get the Mariners within one, 11-10, with 1:15 left.

Mass. Maritime won the ensuing face-off but turned the ball over. The Mariners had possession with under 30 seconds left, cleared the ball, but turned it over with 15 seconds left in the game.

The Bucs started the game with a 3-0 lead when Kurylak, Hojnoski and Freudenberg scored. Houle netted consecutive shots for Maine Maritime, and Betti one, to even the game early in the second quarter. Staples and Houle traded goals late in the second quarter before Hojnoski found the back of the net to give Mass. Maritime a 5-4 halftime lead.

Betti found Wyman early in the third quarter to tie the game for a third time, 5-5, with 13:18 remaining. Staples and Freudenberg netted consecutive shots to end the third with Mass. Maritime ahead 7-5.

Larrabee hooked up with Snelling early in the fourth to put the Mariners within one, 7-6, before the Bucs scored three straight to set up the final nine minutes of the game.

Paul Painten stopped 11 shots in goal to earn the win. Erik Milles saved 16 shots for the Mariners.

Maine Maritime returns to the field Friday hosting Thomas at 7:00 p.m.

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PORTLAND, Maine -- Senior John Hojnoski (West Springfield, Mass.) netted a hat trick and two assists for five points as Massachusetts Maritime held off a late rally to notch an 11-10 victory over Maine Maritime in the annual Admiral's Cup match played Sunday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

The host Buccaneers (2-2) jumped out to a 3-0 advantage just 5:38 into the contest, but the visiting Mariners (0-6) came storming back to tie the contest on a goal by sophomore Nick Betti (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) with 10:11 remaining in the first half. The two teams traded scores in a 2:26 span before Hojnoski's second marker of the afternoon with 2:53 to play in the second stanza gave Massachusetts Maritime a 5-4 advantage at the break.

After junior Cameron Wyman's (Limerick, Maine) goal 1:42 after intermission enabled Maine Maritime to forge its final tie of the day, the Buccaneers rattled off five of the next six tallies, including a pair off the stick of junior Drew Prowse (Wakefield, Mass.), to take a 10-6 lead with 10:26 to play.

The Mariners closed back to within a pair at 10-8 on Betti's goal with 4:06 remaining, but freshman Sean Staples (Norwell, Mass.) provided a key insurance marker for the hosts with 2:46 to play, as it proved to be the game-winner after Betti and junior Nick Snelling (Colchester, Vt.) scored in a 24 second span to pull the visitors to within one with 1:15 remaining. Massachusetts Maritime won the ensuing faceoff, and after the two teams traded turnovers, the Buccaneers regained possession with 25 seconds to play and ran out the clock to notch their triumph.

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