BREWSTER, N.Y. - The BYSNS completed a season sweep of league rival Mahopac on Friday, Jan. 3, at the Brewster Ice Arena.
Trailing 2-1 late in the second period, the BYSNS rallied for a thrilling 3-2 triumph against the Indians.
“The win against Mahopac was a great start to the new year,” said BYSNS’ Sava Makarenko.
BYSNS’ co-coach Joey Bonitatibus was pleased to see his squad come up with another big win against Mahopac. Their first meeting, a 3-1 BYSNS win, took place on Saturday, Nov. 30, in the Guy Matthews Thanksgiving Invitational Hockey Tournament (Ebersole Hockey Rink, White Plains).
“It means a lot to the team, especially coming off that long break,” Bonitatibus said. “Mahopac was one of the first teams we played, so it was good to see we were able to stay consistent.”
The BYSNS got on the board first in the opening period, on a goal by Frankie Vigiletti, assisted by Makarenko.
“It was a great read from Frankie, to drive to the net, for the open net, on the rebound,” Makarenko said.
Mahopac answered Vigiletti’s goal in the second period with two goals of their own. However, Jonathan Graham, courtesy of assists from Tommy Eberhardt and Timmy Froessel, tied the game at 2-2, with just 36 seconds remaining in the second stanza.
Clutch performances, by the likes of Graham and goalie Matt Gergley (32 saves), helped the BYSNS earn the victory.
“They were peppering Matt Gergley with shots, but he was standing on his head,” Bonitatibus said. “His efforts in goal gave us life. Jonathan Graham made a big play late in the second to tie it up.”
The biggest clutch moment came from Vigiletti, who registered the game-winning goal, unassisted, with just two minutes and 37 seconds left in the contest.
Vigiletti’s goal ignited all of his teammates.
“It was a moment that electrified not just me but the whole team on the bench as well,” Makarenko said.
Bonitatibus was pleased with his team’s effort, which produced 28 shots on goal.
“Overall it was one of our better complete games,” Bonitatibus said. “I’m very proud of the way we played.”
The BYSNS (4-6) hope to carry that momentum into their next contest at Monroe-Woodbury, at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the Ice Time Sports Complex, Newburgh.