For the second time in four years, the Auburn Maroons on Saturday came up one game shy of a state hockey championship. The Maroons were defeated by the Sweet Home Panthers 6-4 in the New York Public High School Athletic Association Division II semifinals at the HarborCenter in Buffalo in a game played before a partisan crowd clad in maroon.
The loss came despite the Maroons dominating play and outshooting the Panthers 39-23. Auburn trailed 1-0 at the end of the first period, but Johnny Malandruccalo and R.J. Szakalski gave Auburn a 2-1 lead in the second before the Panthers scored with 45 seconds left in the period.
In the third Sweet Home’s leading scorer, Tyler Edholm, scored three times, while Brendan Williams countered twice for the Maroons, but an empty net goal with 10 seconds left sealed the win for Sweet Home.
Following the game, Auburn coach Mike Lowe and senior co-captain Jake Morin reflected on the game, the season, and the support from the fans.