Somers/North Salem Explodes in Third to Rout Rams in Hockey

R.J. LaSpina makes his move against Carmel Jan. 3. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

BREWSTER, N.Y. — The Somers/North Salem Sabers took on Carmel Jan. 3 at the Brewster Ice Arena. Somers/North Salem was able to be powered past the Rams for its second win against them this season thanks to a five-goal third period for a 7-3 victory.

“We began to capitalize on our opportunities,” said senior captain R.J. LaSpina. “We were able to keep shifts short, play physical hockey and we got the job done.”

The scoring affair started early, just over three-and-a-half minutes into the game, but it was Carmel who got on the board. The Sabers responded though when less than 10 seconds later Michael Garrity knotted the score at one unassisted.

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With four-and-a-half minutes to go in the first the Sabers went to the penalty kill when sophomore Jake Lanyi was called for tripping and the Carmel power-play took full advantage. Just seconds in Nick Smith scored his second of the game to put the Rams ahead 2-1, but with only 1:18 to go in the first period Somers/North Salem’s Nick Caleri scored and was assisted by Garrity to tie it up at two heading into the second period.

After a scoreless second period, and with freshman goaltender Ben Winter in net, Lanyi started off the third period with a bang scoring just a minute in assisted by Brandon LaSpina, but Carmel responded to keep the score at three just a minute and 15 seconds later.

Tied at three with 11:22 to play, the Sabers exploded, tallying four unanswered goals in the final twelve minutes of play.

Goals came from Brandon LaSpina, assisted by Carley Bauckham and R.J. LaSpina which gave them a 4-3 lead. Then R.J. scored one of his own assisted by Brandon, senior captain Joe Jerie scored next assisted by Garrity and Caleri and finally Lanyi scored his second assisted by senior captain Olivia Hale.

Senior captain Tim Henning recorded 10 saves in two periods, while Winter recorded four in the final period. They faced 16 total shots.

“After the second period we were outshooting them four shots for every one of theirs,” Jerie said. “We knew in our minds that we could walk away with a win and nobody wanted to lose the first game of the New Year. We did what we had been doing all night, taking shot after shot.”

Somers/North Salem, which is 6-3-1, is back in action on Jan. 10 against rival Yorktown at 7:50 p.m. at the Brewster Ice Arena.

“We need to focus on continuing to shoot the puck and good things will happen,” head coach John Veteri said. “Yorktown is fast and has some kids that can do some damage. If we can shut them down and take care of our business we will be fine.”

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