WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The BYSNS—which includes players from Brewster, Yorktown, Somers and North Salem—opened their season by splitting a pair of games at the Guy Matthews Thanksgiving Invitational Hockey Tournament at the Ebersole Hockey Rink in White Plains.

The team, pronounced “Bisons,” fell to Rye Town/Harrison, 6-2, on Friday, Nov. 29, before beating Mahopac, 3-1, on Saturday, Nov. 30. A third game scheduled for Sunday morning was canceled because of snow.

BYSNS 3 vs. Mahopac 1
Saturday, Nov. 30

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“It means a lot to the team to get this W, especially against a neighboring school like Mahopac, who challenges us in a lot of sports,” said BYSNS co-coach Joey Bonitatibus. “It boosts the confidence for these kids, who are new to playing with each other.”

The BYSNS jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening period, when Frankie Vigiletti scored off an assist from Alex Helyukh.

“The team came out with a lot of intensity,” Bonitatibus said. “I was happy to see they have the ability to bounce back after a loss. That will come in handy during the season.”

Connor Brooks doubled the BYSNS’ lead, courtesy of assists from Hart Nullet and Tommy Eberhardt, to go up 2-0 early in the second frame.

Jaden Rothschild, assisted by Ryan Cindrich, scored the BYSNS’ final goal of the contest in the third period.

Matt Gergley secured the victory, recording 14 saves.

BYSNS 2 vs. Rye Town/Harrison 6
Friday, Nov. 29

For Bonitatibus, a 2010 graduate of Yorktown High School, it was first game coaching his alma mater.

“It was exciting,” Bonitatibus said. “It brought back some good memories of when I used to suit up for Yorktown.”

The BYSNS (1-1), behind two goals from Vigiletti, jumped out to a 2-0 second-period lead, before Rye Town/Harrison scored six unanswered goals. Vigiletti’s first goal was assisted by Carson Brunco and Tyler Sandor; the second by Sava Makarenko.

“Our quick 2-0 lead [Friday] was due to us firing out of the gate quickly,” Bonitatibus said. “Both goals were hustle plays. Hard, low shots off, crashing the net, and capitalizing on the rebound.”

Gergley made 11 saves against the Titans.

Lakeland/Panas Hockey

Lakeland/Panas 1 vs. Horace Greeley 8
Wednesday, Nov. 27

Aaron Hathaway (20 saves), Joseph Jimenez (1G), and Jack Tuite (1A), produced in the Rebels’ 8-1 loss in their season and invitational opener to Horace Greeley on Nov. 27.

Lakeland/Panas 3 vs. Clarkstown 2
Saturday, Nov. 30

Tuite’s goal, with an assist from Andrew Dzubak, with 10 minutes remaining in the third period, broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Rebels’ their first win of the season, 3-2 against Clarkstown on Nov. 30, in their second game in the invitational.

“I was anticipating the puck to come around the boards to their man, but Andrew Dzubak put really good pressure on their defensemen, causing Clarkstown defensemen to cough the puck up,” Tuite said. “Andrew then slid it out in front and I went over and was able to bury it in the top right corner.”

The goal allowed the Rebels (1-1) to rally from a 2-1 third-period deficit.

“This win definitely means a lot to us,” Tuite said. “Coming from behind and getting a win after a tough first loss is a huge confidence booster for all of us. I think it will propel us forward in our next game to go out and get another win.”

P.J. Kowal and Dzubak also scored, with Fox Perelson tallying an assist, and Hathaway registering 20 saves for the Rebels.