Connetquot-Sayville knocked off previously unbeaten Smithtown, 5-3, Monday night at The Rinx, creating a tie for first place in the Suffolk High School Hockey League. Both teams are 15-1.
"This is huge for us," Connetquot-Sayville forward Bryan Arroyo said. "This ties us for first and breaks up their winning streak, so it's big."
Connetquot-Sayville extended its winning streak to 12.
Each team held a lead in the first period, and the score was tied at 2 early in the second before Connetquot-Sayville went ahead for good.
With 9:55 left in the period, defenseman Gino Leocadi controlled the puck at center ice and carried it deep, circling behind the Smithtown net. After leaving the puck for his teammates to set up the attack, Leocadi was the beneficiary of a long rebound that he buried in the back of the net, giving Connetquot-Sayville a 3-2 lead.
"We had guys going hard to the net and I was just there right place right time for the rebound," Leocadi said. "I just wanted to get the puck deep and look to get some traffic in front of the net."
The T-Birds then relied on their league-best defense, which gives up an average of only 1.53 goals a game, to seal the win.
Forward Brian Fenster had two goals for the T-Birds, opening the scoring less than three minutes into the game and scoring the eventual winner that put Connetquot-Sayville ahead 4-2. PJ Dimartino and Corey Valada also scored for the T-Birds.
For Smithtown, Dominic Iandoli and Michael Gioia had first-period goals. Daniel Nelson added a late third-period goal with Smithtown trailing 5-2.
Connetquot-Sayville coach Bruce Kollmar has kept his team alert this season by frequently mixing up the lines and asking players to play different roles. Because of early-season injuries, Kollmar said the team skates only five defensemen, making the forwards' play on the back end and the defensemen's ability to stay fresh and active in the offensive zone crucial.
First period: 1, CSA Brian Fenster (Andrew Gonzalez) 2:17; 2, SMH Dominic Iandoli (unassisted) 2:51; 3, SMH Michael Gioia (Daniel Nelson, Nick Lupo) 5:11; Penalties - Corey Valdala CSA (tripping) 6:58; Steven Bair SMH (cross checking)
Second period: 4, CSA PJ DiMartino (Andrew Gonzalez) 3:25; 5, CSA Gino Leocadi (Casey O'Leary, Joseph Bizzaro) 5:27; Penalties - Corey Valdala CSA (hooking) 14:00; Dzmitry Daniluk (illegal check to head) 14:09
Third period: 6, CSA Brian Fenster (PJ DiMartino) 2:09; 7, CSA Corey Valdala (unassisted) (pp) 7:11; 8, SMH Daniel Nelson (unassisted) 14:24; Penalties - Dzmitry Daniluk SMH (tripping) 6:43; Joe Walsh CSA (high sticking) 7:38; Casey O'Leary CSA (tripping) 11:44
Kings Park/Commack downs Sachem
In game two of the doubleheader at the Rinx, Kings Park/Commack was able to turn an early offensive onslaught into a 6-2 victory over Sachem. Kings Park/Commack’s (8-6-1) junior defenseman Brandon Gaynor netted a laser above the glove of Sachem’s Brandon Bassett for the first goal of the game halfway through the first period. Senior forward Brett Kaiser scored a goal and chipped in with two assists in the victory.
From that point, the Cougars received goals from five different scorers, coupled with phenomenal goalkeeping from senior Matthew Jacobs and Seth Pachman, who filled in for an injured Jocabs following the second period. For the game, Jacobs made 11 of 12 saves, including a key penalty shot in the first period taken by Sachem’s (11-7-0) Robert Donnelly that enabled the Cougars to hold onto their 2-1 advantage.
The most impressive goal of the night was early on in the second period when sophomore defenseman Matthew Galioto drove up center ice, dished the puck off to Daniel Kowalsky, then Kowalsky hit a cutting Galioto through two defenders and past Sachem’s goalie to make it 5-1.
First period: 1, KPC Brandon Gaynor (Andrew Gonzalez) 7:53; 2, KPC Daniel Koawlsky (unassisted) 10:20; 3, SAC Alex Posillico (unassisted) 5:11; 4, KPC Brett Kaiser (unassisted) 14:34; Missed penalty shot - SAC Robert Donnelly
Second period: 5, KPC James Yodice (Brett Kaiser) 1:09; 6, KPC Mattew Galioto (Daniel Kowalsky) 2:43; 7, KPC Alexander Purnick (unassisted) 4:29; 8, SAC Robert Donnelly (unassisted) 12:41
Third period: No scoring; Penalties - Patryk Piascik KPC (holding) 6:43; Corey Twining KPC (charging) 3:14; Corey Twining (illegal check to head - major, game misconduct) 9:11