Two schools separated by just a few miles were separated by a single goal Wednesday night as Patterson Mill and Bel Air met in UCBAC Chesapeake Division action.
The host Huskies held off a late charge by the Bobcats to win, 7-6, in the division opener for both.
Bel Air went on top less than two minutes into the game on Joey Creaghan's unassisted goal.
Less than a minute later, Chase Wedekind scored for the Huskies to tie the game.
A Parker Jones goal pushed the Bobcats (0-1/1-3) back ahead and Creaghan's second goal of the quarter made it, 3-1. Carson Kalama assisted on the goal.
Patterson Mill, however, stormed back in the final minute on two Josh Wilson goals. The goals came 34 seconds apart.
The Huskies (1-0/6-1) then scored three straight goals to begin the second quarter. Brandon Burris scored the first unassisted, while Mike McIntyre scored with an assist from Wilson with 5:34 to play in the half.
Wilson then added his third goal of the half, assisted by Deonte Alston, for a 6-3 lead.
Bel Air managed to sneak one more past Huskies keeper Jay Kuhn with 1:22 left in the half. Kalama did the honors unassisted.
Neither team found the nets in a scoreless third quarter and Patterson Mill's final goal came from Wilson with 10:48 to play.
Huskies goalie Kuhn came up big throughout the final quarter, turning back numerous Bel Air shots. Kuhn finished with 17 saves.
In the final few minutes though, Bel Air's Tom Hollenback gave the Bobcat faithful some hope.
Hollenback scored with 2:27 left and then grabbed the face off and scored again 17 seconds later to make it, 7-6.
The Huskies defense weathered two man-down situations late to seal the win.
Bel Air goalie Gavin Hanley finished with six saves.
Cougars beat Mustangs
Fallston got its first Chesapeake win Wednesday night, beating visiting C. Milton Wright, 13-7. The Cougars led at the half, 6-1.
Kyle D'Onofrio scored four times to pace the Cougars (1-0/2-5), who also got three goals from Jason Lawrence.
Zach Wheeler scored two goals and Marc Badger, Taylor Brown, Greg Horsham and Brenden Nolan each had single goals.
Zack Esser and D'Onofrio had two assists each and Badger and Wheeler had one assist apiece.
Max Matthai and Wade Rollins paced CMW (0-1/6-2) with two goals apiece. Matt Bollinger, Andy LeBrun and Andrew Ward each had a goal.
Alex Meholic contributed two assists, while Dan Kissner, Nick Kuzma and Rollins each had one.
Fallston goalie Caleb Abney had nine saves and CMW goalie Matt Corno had seven saves.
Cobras beat Rams
Harford Tech picked up its first win of the season Wednesday, blanking visiting Edgewood, 16-0, in Susquehanna play.
The Cobras (1-0/1-3) led at the half, 11-0.
Tyler Fullem led the Cobras with four goals and three assists, while Dan Ashburn added three goals and three assists.
Zack Valenti, Ron Huber, Zac Taylor and Thomas Burley each scored two goals and Mike Mentzer scored a goal.
Valenti also had three assists, while Mentzer, Greg Ransone and Josh Johnson had one assist each.
Tech goalie Sean Klein had two saves and Edgewood keeper Delonte Neal had seven. The Rams slipped to 0-2 and 0-5.
Eagles win in final seconds
Aberdeen (1-0/2-3) knocked off host Bo Manor, 7-6, in Susquehanna action, on a goal from senior captain Kevin Shumaker with 10 seconds remaining in the third overtime period.
Shumaker finished with a team-high three goals, while Blaise Curtis, Kyle Peters, Justin Howard and Jon Jones had single goals. Dylan Mauzy, Curtis and Peters also had assists.
Aberdeen's defense, led by juniors Kory Sampson, Andrew Frazer and Dominick Montero, as well as sophomore Eric Whittie, made critical plays in the fourth quarter and overtime periods as they denied a determined Bo Manor offense that maintained offensive possession for the majority of overtime, according to Eagles head coach Hinson White.
Junior goalie Jake Hallgren did an unbelievable job between the pipes with five big saves in overtime and had 16 saves total. Senior captain Justin Mauzy won 9-of-12 faceoffs for Aberdeen and finished the game with a team leading 11 ground balls.
Warriors remain unbeaten
Havre de Grace beat visiting North East, 10-6, in Chesapeake Division play.
In the win, the Warriors (1-0/6-0) sixth straight with no defeats, they led 6-1 at the half.
Justin Gosnell scored four goals and assisted on another, while collecting eight ground balls.
Chris Anderson added two goals, two assists and seven ground balls. Casey Brown had two goals and one assist and Nick Burley had a goal and an assist. Keenan Villareal had the final goal with an assist from goalie Brian Cameron.
Cameron made 10 saves, and also grabbed three ground balls and an assist late in the game to seal the victory.
Hawks suffer first loss
North Harford stayed away from division play for one more night, but it wasn't good as the Hawks were pounded at Hereford, 14-2.
John Heaps and Randy Foster accounted for the Hawks scoring and freshman goalie Cameron Brosh had 12 saves. The Hawks are 6-1.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun