Sports

Mahopac's Siolas Saves the Day in Quarterfinal Win

b36d527b4e1afd4bc10b_48941_.jpg
Goalie Peter Siolas made 43 saves in win over Brewster/Yorktown. Credits: Deena Bell
b36d527b4e1afd4bc10b_48941_.jpg

BREWSTER, N.Y.— After falling in a one-goal heartbreaker to Brewster/Yorktown during the regular season, the sixth-seeded Mahopac Indians earned the ultimate payback with a 4-2 Section 1 Division 1 quarterfinal victory on Feb. 21 at the Brewster Ice Arena.

Down 2-1 entering the magical third period, a low-energy Mahopac team had the crowd worried for its season.

“We definitely came into the locker room a little down,” senior captain Chris Bednar said. “Coach (Mike Woodrow) gave us a speech and really hyped us up. We all realized that this could be the last period and it all clicked for us.”

Sign Up for E-News

Icing off the third period with two power-play advantages in a row certainly helped wake up their inner effort.

Of course it was Bednar who tapped in the game-tying goal on a pass behind the net from sophomore T.J. McKee with 11 action-packed minutes remaining in the match.

Finally playing with more vigor, the Indians continued to watch their star goalie, Peter Siolas, amaze everyone with his acrobatic saves. He unbelievably totaled 43 of them, and Mahopac needed every one of them to win.

“It was a crazy sequence of events,” Siolas said. “It was a lot of fun doing it. I knew there was a chance (to win) if we were only down by one. We didn’t come ready to play. But in the third period, something clicked and we never looked back.”

The senior kicked Colin Dineen’s shot off his legs after he broke away for an open fast-break chance with nine minutes left on the clock.

“That’s the thing about hockey,” Mahopac co-coach Mike Woodrow said. “You’ve got this position that can win a game for you. Peter absolutely did that. We said that this kid could be the best in the section when we first met him.”

McKee followed up to award Mahopac a 3-2 lead after a quick steal with six minutes to go.

The stud forward proceeded to tuck the puck away from the defender and swiftly backhand the goal into the net.

“We found it deep inside of us to just work hard and get the puck deep,” McKee said. “All of our seniors really stepped up and talked about how this was going to be their last period of hockey. We wanted to make sure to end it on a good effort.”

Third-seeded Brewster/Yorktown responded by turning the heat back on the workhorse Siolas. He was still up for the challenge, deflecting Connor Sullivan’s rocket of a shot away with his stick with only three minutes to spare.

Forward Robert Barone whacked the opponent’s final slapshot that Siolas bopped into mid-air as the clock read 60 seconds.

Desperate for another opportunity to score, Brewster/Yorktown called a timeout with 23.5 seconds left and emptied its net.

It only took junior Gianfranco Pulice nine seconds to control the puck and slide it on target for the insurance goal to put the stamp on the win. The star forward also dished for two assists as did McKee.

Mahopac went through a metamorphosis prior to the third period, losing most fights for loose pucks and barely maintaining any possession.

“[Brewster/Yorktown] changed their fore-check a little bit,” Woodrow said. “We were really struggling with their speed. They had less aggression and it opened up the ability for our defense to make some passes. Coach (Shaun) McGee was fiddling with the lines and really found a combination that worked in the third period.”

Trailing 1-0 with five minutes remaining in the first period, Bednar again put the Indians on the board with a long and high shot that soared through the tiniest gap of heads.

During the second period, Siolas was pressured into making saves left, right and upside down. Brewster/Yorktown cashed in midway through the period on Sullivan’s pass from the corner to the center that Jean Marc-Groux smacked home.

“I just told [my teammates] that we are winning this game,” Siolas said. “I didn’t know how we were going to do it, because we were getting outworked and nothing was going right. I just told them that we are winning this game, and that I don’t care how we do it. I still can’t believe it.”

Mahopac’s (15-6-2) improbable run ended on Friday evening at Sport-O-Rama after it fell for the third time this season to second-seeded Suffern, 5-3, in the semifinals.

The Indians battled the favored Mounties like never before, gritting to a 2-2 tie after a first period in which they surrendered the first two goals.

Suffern picked up the pace in a monster second period, chalking up three goals in the first six minutes of play.

McKee, Bednar and Mike Truschelli scored goals for Mahopac. Siolas had 15 stops in his final high-school game in goal. 

When asked to describe the season in one word Woodrow didn’t hesitate.

“I think resilient is the perfect word to describe the team this season,” he said. “The boys faced more adversity than most other programs ever face. Whether it was from injuries, coaching changes or difficult losses, the team never lost focus or a will to keep going.  The graduating seniors played a huge role in this trait for our team. We believe that their example will only make us better going forward. Hopefully future Mahopac students saw this team and want to be a part of this program.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Mahopac

I Do Not Make Stuff Up!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in my column, “Watergate analogies apply to Obama, not Trump,” that President Obama’s Justice Department planted a spy in the Trump campaign. I said I used the term “spy” because this was a counter-intelligence operation, not a criminal investigation, where the term informant would have been proper.

That statement has been brought ...

Here's What You Missed Last Week

Last week, the Daily News ran a headline, “When is our father coming home?” This dealt with a person here illegally, married to an American woman with a family, who was arrested at an Army base while delivering pizza. You are supposed to think that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), under Trump, is tearing families apart. As usual, it was a crock of cow pies. It was ...

Reagan on Trump

The party of “Honest Abe” has now become the party of Dishonest Don, and what follows are some disturbing displays of a Republican Party that has become devoid of conscience:

• More than 4,600 American citizens dead in Puerto Rico—a postscript to the government’s abysmal response to the widespread devastation of Hurricane Maria; 
• The underhanded ...

The Rich Get Richer, and We’re Paying For It

According to a Harvard University study published late last year, most Americans believe that the richest 20 percent of Americans own just half of the nation’s wealth. Wrong! The top 20 percent own 93 percent of the nation’s wealth, and the top 1 percent own 40 percent of that wealth. Additionally, the top 10 percent of earners in 2017 took home more than half the nation’s ...

What Kind of Sports Parent Are You?

Social media recently showered a lot of likes and love on a high school pitcher in Minnesota whose team was playing in a regional final that would send the winning team to the state championship game.

After the last batter of the game struck out, the pitcher did something unheard of. Rather than spontaneously join his teammates in an on-field celebration, as is customary, the pitcher ...

Competing—Against Yourself

This is the time of year when students are recognized at public ceremonies for notable achievements in their studies, their sports and in their extracurricular pursuits.

Where we live, there are awards in various sports that are named for our son, who also is memorialized by town ballfield Harrison Apar Field of Dreams and a charitable foundation of the same name.

Due to a rare dwarfism, ...

Packing Heat

“Are you leaving me?” asked my husband one night as he surveyed the contents of my closet on our bed.

“What? No!” I said. “Why would you think that?”

“Every single article of clothing you own is laid out on our bed,” he replied. “So I have to assume you are either leaving me or you have joined the armed services and if that’s the ...

I Come from the Land Down Under

I know this is a family column, so I’m going to put this in as delicate terms as possible.

This morning I woke up and I knew, as sure as the sun shines over Bora Bora, that something was very, very wrong in that place in my body where the Bora Bora sun doesn’t shine.

It’s that place I used to refer to my daughter as her hoo-hoo. But it certainly wasn’t a happy ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b4cc78dd32adbbf57c97_2018_hiv_testing_day_eng

Wed, June 27, 9:00 AM

Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster

PCDOH Free HIV Testing Day

Health & Wellness