BREWSTER, N.Y. — The Mahopac Indians were looking to get back on track and bring a three-game slide to a halt and they did just that with a 4-1 win over Yorktown on Jan. 3 at Brewster Ice Arena.
“Definitely coming out losing the past three games, we had to come out there with fire,” Mahopac junior Chris Bednar said. “[Yorktown’s] game last night kind of set them down (loss to Brewster), but us dumping the puck and using our depth kind of tired them out.”
Mahopac, which improved to 4-3, jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. Owen Nolan got the Indians on the board less than two minutes in on a feed from John Dignam.
Bednar stretched the advantage to 2-0 with the assist going to Jon Mastrocola with 2:45 left in the first.
“I just kind of came in, the defenseman backed up, they screened him and I just shot it past the goalie,” Bednar said.
After not playing since Dec. 20, the Indians showed no signs of rust after the long layoff.
“It was good to see and the first goal was important,” Mahopac coach Chris Lombardo said of the quick lead. “[Yorktown] played last night too, so we thought maybe they would have some fatigue set in later in the game. We were playing with three lines most of the game, so we were just trying to wear them down a little bit. Getting an early lead was definitely big.”
Shaun Benson cut Mahopac’s lead in half shortly after Bednar’s goal and the teams battled through a scoreless second period.
The Indians found some insurance in the third period when Brian O’Shea scored on feeds from Nolan and Dignam, and just over a minute later Giancarlo Pulice made it 4-1 with the feeds going to Matt Stefunek and Bednar.
“That was huge right there,” junior goaltender Peter Siolas said. “Because instead of a one-goal game where one goal can tie it, it was a three-goal game and it just gives you some breathing room.”
His coach concurred.
“The third goal was very important,” Lombardo said. “It kind of I think broke their back a little bit and gave us a breath of fresh air.”
Siolas had a stellar game in net, recording 15 saves to preserve the win.
“We lost the last few games, so we needed something to spark us,” Siolas said. “We had to get the ground under our feet and get a good game in there. I had to come up big. I knew they had some good guys and you have to shut them down early.”
Lombardo said the team has been rotating three goalies this year.
“He played well today,” Lombardo said of Siolas. “We have three goalies who have been playing for us and playing well and he definitely stepped up today and made some really good, acrobatic saves.”
Mahopac takes on Lakeland/Panas at 5:50 p.m. on Jan. 10 at Brewster Ice Arena.
“We have to stay defensively minded,” Siolas said. “Don’t rush because they had a few good breakaways today, so we just need to stay defensively minded and that’s it.”