BREWSTER, N.Y.— Brewster/Yorktown’s ice hockey squad came up with a big 5-4 triumph against rival Mahopac at the Brewster Ice Arena on Dec. 16.
“It felt great to beat a team in a higher division than us,” Brewster/Yorktown sophomore forward Justin Groux said. “The win will give us confidence for our upcoming league games.”
Groux led his squad to the win with a big game, registering a game-high four points (2G, 2A).
“We kept shooting the puck and crashing the net hard which generated rebounds and goals,” Groux said. “Moving the puck to the point was important for producing opportunities.”
Groux came up clutch late in the game when he assisted on Michael Isola’s game-winning goal with 1:42 left in the contest that put Brewster/Yorktown up 5-4.
“I picked up the puck and drove wide, looking for an opening and I saw Mike’s stick,” Groux said. “I put it on his tape and he buried it back door. It felt great to take the lead with not much time left, especially in a game that was so back and forth.”
Connor Sullivan (1G, 2A), Connor Henderson (1G) and Dylan Tolbert (18 saves) also contributed to the big win for Brewster/Yorktown (3-1).
Lakeland/Panas finished its week of four one-goal games with a 3-2 setback against Pearl River at Brewster Ice Arena on Dec. 18, paced by Christian Jimenez (1G, 1A), Anthony Cappello (1G), Kyle Carroll (1A) and Matt Piciocchi (17 saves).
Jimenez (3G, 2A) and Cappello (3G) led the Rebels to an 8-7 triumph against Fox Lane at the BIA on Dec. 17.
“We played well because we were prepared from the start and we knew that we would have to play a lot,” Jimenez said of the play of himself and Cappello.
Carroll (1G, 2A), P.J. Kowal (1G, 1A), Nick Mills (1A), Jason Triglianos (1A), Matt Kness (1A), John Corso (18 saves) and Piciocchi (12 saves) also played important roles in the victory.
“As a team we had each others’ backs and we moved the puck very well,” Jimenez said. “Before the game we were just prepared to battle and knew that to win we would have to work extremely hard.”
Lakeland/Panas was nipped by Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bronxville 3-2 at the Hutchinson Ice Arena on Dec. 16 with Jimenez (1G, 1A), Cappello (1G) and Piciocchi (16 saves) getting into the box score for the Rebels.
Lakeland/Panas fell to Mount Pleasant 7-6 in overtime on Dec. 13 at the BIA.
Leading the Rebels with two goals each were Cappello and Kness.
“As leaders of this team, Matt Kness and I must take the initiative to make things happen,” Cappello said. “The opening shifts against Mount Pleasant were exactly how we wanted to start that game. We came out strong, skating very well and netted two quick goals; one of which was scored by Matt Kness. Matt and I played exceptionally well in an unfortunate overtime loss. One reason why we both played well is because we have grown over the years and the chemistry between us has grown too.”
Matt Sillcocks (1G, 2A), Carroll (1G), Matt Zivan (1A) and Kowal (1A) also contributed to the Rebels’ offensive effort while Cameron Carroll was outstanding in goal for the Rebels (2-5) against the Ice Cats, making 38 saves.
“Cameron Carroll played very well,” Cappello said. “He stood on his head for us. He allowed us to keep the lead throughout the regulation periods. He made some incredible saves that kept us from giving up the lead. For his first game for us, I was very impressed and hope to see him start in many games this season in the future.”