Somers/North Salem’s ice hockey squad set the tone from the start in a 4-0 shutout victory over Fox Lane on Jan. 16 at Brewster Ice Arena. It was also the Sabers’ senior night and the four seniors, who are all captains, were honored: Tim Henning, R.J. LaSpina, Olivia Hale and Joe Jerie.
“The overall key to beating Fox Lane was moving the puck quickly and efficiently in order to beat their strong goaltending,” LaSpina said.
Sophomore Brandon LaSpina, who finished with three goals, started things off on a feed from Nick Caleri with 12:35 left in the first period.
“It was a major key to get off to a strong start especially from a young gun,” R.J. said of his brother starting the scoring spree. “It definitely got the team going.”
Michael Garrity extended the lead to 2-0 with the assist going to Carley Bauckham with 9:32 left in the first.
Brandon extended it to 3-0 with 28 seconds remaining in the second period with his brother R.J. LaSpina setting him up for the goal. The sophomore capped off his big night with an unassisted goal just 36 seconds into the third period.
“The fans were a big factor,” Brandon said. “Seeing all the people that came to support the team, especially family, made me pick up my game.”
Somers/North Salem peppered Fox Lane’s strong goaltender Abbie Ives throughout the game, finishing with 43 shots as Ives saved 39 of them.
“We knew that we needed to put up as many shots as possible on the strong goalie,” R.J. LaSpina said, “so we did not give up on shots.”
Henning recorded the shutout and finished with 13 saves.
Team manager Anna Hlushko, a senior, was also honored before the game.
The Sabers (7-3-2) will square off with Brewster at 6:10 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Brewster Ice Arena.
“I feel that the team has gotten off to a great start,” R.J. said, “and that we are making a turn for the better coming into the second half of the season.”