BREWSTER, N.Y.— Lakeland/Panas and Brewster/Yorktown’s ice-hockey teams played to a thrilling 5-5 tie at the Brewster Ice Arena on Jan. 6.
“That was a great game,” Lakeland/Panas coach Bart Mucci said. “I was real proud of these guys; they showed a ton of heart.”
Lakeland/Panas senior captain Anthony Cappello (2A) felt his last game playing his crosstown rival was an incredible experience.
“Over the past three years, Yorktown has defeated us multiple times,” Cappello said. “Everyone was excited to play Brewster/Yorktown last night and some of us were even nervous, including me. It would have been extra special if we were able to hang on to the lead with less than three minutes to play but to come out with a tie against a team that is in a higher division, that in itself is special. We came a long way as a team in the past few years, and I’m proud of every one of my teammates.”
Brewster/Yorktown came ready to play as well.
“It’s always important to come out flying and not be too cocky against any team any given night because anything can happen in this sport so it’s always important to play as a team and stick to your game plan,” Brewster/Yorktown senior captain Anuj Gupta (2A) said.
Lakeland/Panas took the 5-4 lead on a goal by Matt Sillcocks (3G) with Christian Jimenez (3A) assisting with 7:29 left in the game.
“With the lead, we were trying to lock down defensively and play strong, disciplined hockey,” Cappello said. “Unfortunately, we gave up a heartbreaking goal with less than three minutes to play but we kept our composure and made sure that we wouldn’t let them take the lead.”
Brewster/Yorktown (4-1-1) tied the game at 5-5 with 2:18 remaining, on a goal by Michael Isola (2G, 2A) with Chris Froessel (1G, 2A) recording the assist.
“Mike’s goal came off a rebound in front of the net because he was at the right place at the right time,” Gupta said. “This goal brought back the momentum for our team that we needed prior to going down before the third period ended.”
Rebel goalie Matt Piciocchi (27 saves) stood out.
“All game long he stood on his head, allowing us to stay in the game,” Cappello said. “He made some incredible saves, including a 3-on-1 in the third period on a shot from the slot by Gupta. His spectacular, consistent performance kept us from losing the game. This is why he received the game puck last night. As a team, we tend to not give a game puck to the player that most stood out but last night, it was the right thing to do.”
Gupta thought Connor Henderson (1G, 1A) stood out.
“Connor Henderson played really well and was always back defensively but our team’s biggest advantage is definitely that we have tons of players that can stand out any given night—not just one or two,” Gupta said.
Lakeland/Panas’ Kyle Carroll (1G) and P.J. Kowal (1G) and Brewster/Yorktown’s Kevin Moroney (1G), Jean-Marc Groux (1A) and Christian Grossi (28 saves) also got into the box score.
Cappello (5G), Jimenez (2G, 3A), Sillcocks (1G, 4A), Brandon Moss (1G), Paige Sullivan (1G), Carroll (1A) and Piciocchi (18 saves) led the Rebels (5-5-1) to a 10-7 triumph against Hendrick Hudson/Haldane Jan. 8.