BREWSTER, N.Y. — Yorktown’s rivalry with Somers in both football and lacrosse is widely known, but it is also just as intense on the ice.
“This is one of the most fun games to play in all year,” Yorktown’s Liam Donnelly said. “We have a lot of respect for each other but it goes without saying that this one means a lot more than other games.”
Donnelly was referring to the Huskers’ 4-4 overtime tie against Somers/North Salem on Jan. 10 at the Brewster Ice Arena.
“I thought we played a very good game tonight,” Donnelly said. “It was a great battle by both teams.”
The Huskers got a well-balanced offensive effort, consisting of Donnelly (1G, 1A), Cian Keohane (1G, 1A), Shaun Benson (1G, 1A), Josh Hilfman (1G, 1A) and Anuj Gupta (1A) in addition to Dylan Tolbert (21 saves) standing out in goal.
“Dylan Tolbert had one of the better games I’ve seen him play,” Donnelly said. “It really gives us a great deal of confidence when he plays like that.”
Keohane had a career-high four goals in leading the Huskers (5-6-1) to a 7-2 triumph at Pawling on Jan. 5.
Keohane was pleased with his effort against the Tigers but certainly not satisfied.
“I am hoping for more and would like to continue my high scoring,” Keohane said.
Donnelly, Connor Sullivan and Gupta played a big role in Keohane’s scoring spree.
“I would attribute my four-goal game to Liam and my linemates Connor and Anuj, they found me in open ice and I happen to put the puck in the back of the net,” Keohane said.
Recording multi-point games along with Keohane were Donnelly (1G, 2A), Gupta (1G, 1A) and Benson (1G, 1A).
“Overall they are all amazing players and work hard to help us succeed,” Keohane said.
The win was a big one team wise as well.
“This week as a team we worked very hard to snap back from a three-game losing streak,” Keohane said.
Sullivan, Hilfman and Justin Groux each recorded one assist apiece for the Huskers with Christian Grossi making 15 saves against the Tigers.
Lakeland/Panas (0-10) fell to Mahopac 7-2 at the BIA on Jan. 10.
The Indians took control of the game early, getting off to a 5-0 first-period lead.
“In the first period we just came out flat which you can’t do against a team like Mahopac,” said Lakeland/Panas goalie Jimmy Rathschmidt, who made 22 saves.
Rathschmidt’s teammate, Matt Piciocchi, recorded 25 saves.
The second and third periods the Rebels to their credit showed much improvement, playing the Indians to a 2-2 draw, led by unassisted goals from Anthony Cappello and Matt Sillcocks.
“In the second and third we started to play up to their level and just worked much harder than we did in the first,” Rathschmidt said.