BREWSTER, N.Y. - The Mahopac High School hockey team scored the first four goals of the game, using the big period to build a lead they would never relinquish as they rode the momentum to an 8-5 victory over Brewster/Yorktown at the Brewster Ice Arena.
Mahopac’s T.J.McKee opened the scoring with a power-play goal 3:03 into the game while Brewster/Yorktown was serving a tripping penalty. It was the first of three goals McKee would score in the game.
“He’s a great kid, he’s a great student to go along with all his hockey attributes.” said Mahopac coach Tim Donaghy.
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The Indians’ Brian O’Shea doubled the lead just under three minutes later, with Danny Schum and Brian O’Shea adding first-period goals building a 4-0 Mahopac lead. Brewster/Yorktown got on the scoreboard with 6:10 remaining in the period.
A pair of shorthanded goals by McKee sandwiched a Brewster/Yorktown goal in the second period sending Mahopac into the final period with a 6-2 lead.
The Indians quickly extended the lead with Niko DeCola scoring 1:11 into the third period for a comfortable 7-2 lead. Brewster/Yorktown would, however, briefly make it a game, scoring the game’s next three goals bringing the game to 7-5 with 5:33 remaining. The Indians (15-2, 4-1 conference) held tough and protected the lead, with Mahopac’s Schum capping the scoring by adding his second goal of the game with 3:23 remaining.
Donaghy attributed the Indians win to their depth and hard work.
“We set the pace. We’re deeper and we kept it at a high pace, kept it going”, Donaghy said. “They have some really talented guys but they get run down, they get tired and our guys just kept outworking and we just came to play and set the pace the whole entire game.”
Mahopac did outwork their opponents with most of their goals coming from in close.
“We knew that they were going to collapse down so we told our guys to get in there, work it up top, just look for rebounds and bury some dirty goals,” Donaghy said.
Mckee finished the game with three goals and three assists with O’Shea adding a pair of goals to go with three assists. Nick Bricker, John Dundon and Chris Stiller had two assists each.
Coach Donaghy highlighted the play of Bricker.
“He’s a guy that, all season long, has put in the time, worked his butt off, and every time he was out there he was back on defense, he was up by the net, he was getting chances,’ Donaghy said. “He had a great night and he has been earning it all year.”