BENNINGTON >> It might not have been a four-overtime affair like their game last year, but Wednesday's game between Mount Anthony and Burr and Burton was another instant classic in their great rivalry.
Tied 8-9 with less then eight minutes to go in regulation, senior Will Baker took over the game for BBA.
After receiving a nice pass from his fellow senior teammate Scott Trudel down by the crease, Baker faked out the MAU goaltender and then popped a shot in top shelf for his third goal of the contest to give the Bulldogs the lead.
Baker wasn't done, though, and almost two minutes later, fired a laser into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the game, giving BBA a two goal advantage.
"I was just finishing my opportunities that I was getting on our fast breaks," Baker said. "My teammates did a great job feeding me some nice passes and I finished it off by putting a couple of them in the net."
Three of Baker's four goals came in the second half.
Down 10-8 with less then four minutes to go, MAU needed to find an answer to get back into the game.
With a man advantage after a BBA penalty, the Patriots took advantage of their opportunity when senior Tom Hendery scored his third goal of the afternoon to make it a one score game again.
After forcing BBA into a turnover with under a minute left to play, the Patriots got the opportunity they wanted to tie the game and force overtime.
Unfortunately for the Patriots they could not capitalize as Hunter Davis's shot went wide of the net and then Hendery's shot was denied by BBA goaltender Kevin Gormley, ending MAU's chance at tying things up and allowing the Bulldogs to clinch their second win of the season.
"This was a great win for us," said BBA coach Jason Pergament. "Our kids did a great job bouncing back in the second half to get the lead back and this was the best part an overall team win. Everybody on the team did their part to get the W and that's what a coach loves to see."
Junior Carter Vickers scored three goals for the Bulldogs in the win, including scoring a goal in the third quarter to snap an almost 16 minute scoreless streak for BBA dating back to the end of the first quarter that cut the MAU lead to 6-5.
Vickers and Baker combined for seven of BBA's 10 goals on the afternoon.
Senior Scott Trudel scored two goals while sophomore Connor Simmonds tallied one as well for BBA in the victory.
In the loss junior Jeremy Bourgeouis, like Hendery, scored three goals in the game for the Patriots.
Davis also was had a great day on the field for MAU, scoring one goal and had a game-high four assists.
Freshman Jeff Potter and sophomore Emelio Stevens each had a goal for the Patriots in the loss as well.
"It's a tough loss to swallow, but it was a huge step in the right direction for us," said MAU coach Mark Lange. "I thought we did a lot of good things out there today on the field and competed with one of the best teams in the state all game long. We're light years away from where we first started as a team back at the start of the season and I believe this game shows that we're ready to take that next step in our development as a team."
With the win BBA improves to 2-0 to start off the season, while MAU drops to 1-2 in the loss.