Sullivan’s Hat Trick Leads Brewster/Yorktown to Victory

Justin Groux advances the puck. Credits: Deena Bell

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.— Brewster/Yorktown’s ice hockey squad defeated White Plains 6-3 at the Ebersole Ice Arena on Jan. 12, getting off to a 3-0 first-period lead where it outshot the hosts 12-3 and never looked back.

“A big idea of our play is to get shots on net,” Yorktown sophomore center Connor Sullivan said. “You need to shoot to score every time and we’re getting better at it each day.”

Sullivan led Brewster/Yorktown (5-1-2) to the win by recording three goals and one assist.

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“It’s really my line mates,” Sullivan said. “I get in the right spots but Mike Isola and Justin Groux have good vision of the ice and they find me when I’m open. All I have to do is get a good shot off.”

Groux (4A), Isola (2G), Connor Henderson (1G, 1A), Rory McLaughlin (1A) and Dylan Tolbert (16 saves) also contributed to the victory along with Thomas Mark, who stood out defensively.

“I thought Thomas Mark had a great game,” Sullivan said. “He does a good job of taking the body and separating the puck from the player. It allows us to transition up ice and get offensive opportunities.”

Brewster/Yorktown played a hard-fought contest in its senior game at the Brewster Ice Arena on Jan. 15, tying Somers/North Salem 3-3 in overtime.

Henderson (1G), Sullivan (1G), Isola (1G), Colin Dineen (1A), Jean-Marc Groux (1A), Justin Groux (1A) and Mark (1A) all got into the box score.

Christian Grossi played a great game in goal for Brewster/Yorktown, making 31 saves.

Lakeland/Panas defeated Nyack/Tappan Zee 5-2 in the Rebels’ annual outdoor winter classic at the Brewster Ice Arena on Jan. 9.

“It was a good time, besides the fact that it was zero degrees,” Lakeland/Panas freshman defenseman Christian Jimenez said. “It’s rare that you get to play outside and it was special on Monday. The major difference between playing outside and inside is the ice conditions and the size of the actual surface, but other than that it is pretty similar.”

Matt Sillcocks (2G, 1A), Anthony Cappello (1G, 2A), Jimenez (1G, 2A), P.J. Kowal (1G) and Matt Piciocchi (16 saves) led the Rebels to the win.

“We all moved the puck and wanted others to score and have success,” Jimenez said.

Defensively, the Rebels (6-5-1) also played well, allowing just the two goals on 18 shots.

“We had a great forecheck and trapped them in the neutral zone,” Jimenez said. “This allowed us to keep them out of our zone for the majority of the game.”

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