Oceanside hockey wins its first division title
“This is the pinnacle of coaching…it’s a euphoric feeling,” Oceanside Sailors head coach Bill Clark stated after his team hoisted the Liberty Division Championship trophy on Sunday night.
The Oceanside Sailors varsity hockey team defeated the East Williston Wildcats by a score of 9-4 in the deciding third game of the series to seal their first championship in team history.
Oceanside forward Kieran Hurley got the scoring started 4:05 into the first period. Two minutes later, East Williston tied it, 1-1. But Oceanside 's Andrew Green and Mike Jennings responded with two goals. Oceanside took a quick 3-1 lead and seemingly had all the momentum.
After an Oceanside defender closed his hand on the puck during a battle in the crease, East Williston forward Matthew Bernot was awarded a penalty shot. He beat Oceanside goaltender Dom Lamanno with a snap shot, glove-side and East Williston cut the lead to one.
East Williston’s momentum would be short-lived, however. Andrew Green would score three more goals and Joe Mitchell would add another to put the game out of reach for the Wildcats.
The clock struck zero and the Oceanside Sailors piled on top of each other, celebrating their team’s achievement around goaltender Dom Lamanno. “It feels good…really good. I got a little scared there (when the Wildcats were within one) for a little while, but we got it,” said Lamanno after the game.
In 18 years of coaching for Bill Clark, this was his first championship. “Words can’t really describe it. It was a great team and it was a great year.”