BREWSTER, N.Y. – The BYSNS (5-11) defeated Lakeland/Panas, 3-2, at the Brewster Ice Arena on Saturday, Feb. 1, avenging an early-season loss to the Rebels (3-1 on Jan. 15).
“The win means a lot to us on this final stretch, to try and make sectionals,” said BYSNS co-coach Joey Bonitatibus.
Bonitatibus said his squad was motivated right from the start.
“The team came out firing today,” Bonitatibus said. “Our energy was high and, even after we went down 1-0, we didn’t let it affect our game. Captain Sava Makarenko made some big plays, which led to two big goals.”
Lakeland/Panas (9-7) registered the first goal of the game in a very busy second period, when Joseph Jimenez scored, off an assist from Andrew Dzubak.
The BYSNS got going after that, when Brien Suchanek scored, off an assist from Makarenko.
Frankie Vigiletti would give the BYSNS a 2-1 lead, with an unassisted goal, before Makarenko, courtesy of an assist from Ian Woloshyn, put the BYSNS up by two goals.
That scoring spree allowed the BYSNS to outscore the Rebels, 3-1, in the second period.
Makarenko’s goal turned out to be a huge one, since Jimenez scored an unassisted goal in the third period, to cut the BYSNS’ lead to 3-2.
“It was an electrifying moment not just for me but for the whole team,” Makarenko said of the BYSNS’ victory.
Playing well in goal were the BYSNS’ Matt Gergley (29 saves) and Lakeland/Panas’ Aaron Hathaway (30 saves).
A day earlier, also at Brewster, Lakeland/Panas defeated Horace Greeley 6-3.
“It was a big win for us,” Lakeland/Panas coach Bart Mucci said. “We lost 7-2 to them the first game of the season.”
Lakeland/Panas garnered control of the game early, as they went up 4-0 in the first period.
“We were hard on the puck from the start,” Lakeland/Panas’ P.J. Kowal said. “We had great pressure and speed on the back check. Once someone took a shot, everyone made sure to crash the net.”
Frankie Kowal (2G, 1A), P.J. Kowal (1G, 2A), Colin Cody (1G, 1A), Dzubak (1G, 1A), Jimenez (1G, 1A), Jack Tuite (2A), Anthony Colasanti (1A), and Hathaway (34 saves), helped lead the Rebels, to the sweet-tasting victory against the Quakers.
“It felt good to beat them,” P.J. Kowal said. “It just shows the amount of work we have put in since the start of the season.”
Both local teams resume play on Friday, Feb. 7, at the Brewster Ice Arena. The BYSNS will play Greeley at 4:30 p.m. and the Rebels will face-off against Carmel at 6:30 p.m.