The Bears scored with 20:46 left on a penalty-kick shot by goaltender Tyler Welch. It was his fourth goal of the season.
“He had at least 30 saves today,” Vermilya said. “It was unreal. Maybe the official statistician only has 22 or 23, but if he’s not in goal, this game is over by halftime. He’s tough as nails.”
Leland outshot Buckley 26-8.
The Comets would tack on goals by Ohr, again assisted by Fetterolf, and Tony Mosqueda closed out the scoring with a goal off a corner kick.
“Typically, we play up and down,” Burda said. “But when they pack it in like that, you have to play laterally, from side to side, and get their guys moving side to side with it and hopefully a lane inside opens up and you’ve got a spot to shoot. Otherwise, it’s just trying to shoot through legs and deflections.
Leland scored in the game’s fourth minute off a Michael Osorio pass that ended in a Fetterolf volley for his 18th goal of the season.
“I was giddy that it was 1-0 at halftime,” Vermilya said. “Our first game of the year, we played them and lost 5-0. Our second time we played them, we lost 4-1 at home. We were super excited because we scored a goal against Leland. They roll everybody.”
“We have to camp out up top and pass the ball around, look for an opening. I don’t like playing that game going into a big game next week.”
Buckley finishes the season 9-7-3 for its first winning season that coach Vermilya can remember.
“That first year, with the core of this team, were were 0-18,” Vermilya said. “And we played teams like Leland, which mercied us twice. Traverse City Christian, mercied us twice. Suttons Bay mercied us once. They call it a mercy, but no one has mercy.”