"Henry's been due," said BBA coach Corey Herrington. "He's been working harder in practice and I was happy to see him have a good night tonight and it was just a result of him working hard and snapping the puck off and keeping his shots low."
Buckley got BBA (7-3) off to a good start, scoring two goals against the Cougars (2-7) less than six minutes into the game.
Following the game, Buckley said his first couple of goals were the result of advice the coaches have been giving the team throughout the season.
"Our coach all season [has said] just shoot low and go to net and you know it worked out, especially against a weak goalie, he's a backup," said Buckley.
Mt. Mansfield goalie Kurt Remlin - who recorded 16 saves on the night - was starting in place of first string goaltender Joseph Airoldi - something Mt. Mansfield coach Bruce Garrapy indicated had an impact on the game.
"The main piece is injury to our first string goaltender, so you got a freshman who is in playing his first varsity game, pretty new, and that was a little bit tough kind of keeping him protected all night," Garrapy said.
With 8:51 remaining in the second period, defenseman Bennett Timmerman put a shot through Remlin's legs off an assist from Buckley to give BBA the 3-0 nothing advantage.
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"I just got the puck down the far end and skated it across the ice and the kid was coming at me so I kind of moved laterally and shot it and it went in the lower left hand corner," said Mullen of the goal.
About a minute later Buckley scored unassisted for the hat-trick giving BBA the 5-0 lead.
Senior forward Brock Pollard scored unassisted without 8:05 remaining in the game. Then about a minute and a half later, senior forward Sean Paradis got the puck at BBA's blue line and took off down the ice. Paradis weaved around two Mt. Mansfield defenders and then beat Remlin glove side for BBA's seventh goal.
Pollard tacked on the final goal with 4:03 remaining in the game.
In an interview after the game, Herrington said the performance was a team effort.
"It was good. We got production out of a lot of different kids tonight," said Herrington. "A lot of kids got a chance to go out there and play so that was fun and we'll build on that."
BBA goaltender Zach Stewart had 12 saves on the night before being pulled with 5:24 left to play for sophomore Julian Woodrow who recorded four saves.
Timmerman, Buckley and senior forward Andrew Filippi each had one assist in the game.
The BBA boys hockey team will be on the road against Hartford on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.