Garret White scored for USM in the second period, but not before Bucci etched his name into the scoring sheet. After some nice work in the offensive zone by SSU’s top line, Bucci held the puck at the top of the left circle and fired a low, hard shot toward the far side of the net. Farrington got his left pad on the puck, but Phelan was there immediately to bang home the rebound. It was all part of the plan.
“I heard the guys on the bench saying throw it to the net and I saw the back door and Phelan coming through,” said Bucci. “So I thought, ‘I’ll try and sneak it low to his pad.’ Luckily, he kicked it out to Phelan perfectly and he just tapped it in.”
Daniel Mattsson scored on the power-play with five minutes left to cut the SSU lead to just two goals.