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Hockey: Three more wins push Indians to 9-0

Lucas Prestamo cuts inside a Fox Lane defenseman during the John Jay hockey team’s 4-0 win over the Foxes on Sunday night at Brewster Ice Arena. (Scott Mullin)

The holidays saw no slowing down for the John Jay hockey team, which swept three games in a span of four days to remain unbeaten on the season.

The Indians (9-0) scored shutout wins over Pawling last Thursday and Fox Lane on Sunday, sandwiched around a 7-5 win over Yorktown on Friday.

In the latest victory, John Jay out-shot Fox Lane 50-9 en route to a 4-0 win on Sunday night at Brewster Ice Arena.

Matt Lanza (nine shots, nine saves) and Pat White (four shots, four saves) combined in goal for the shutout, while Frazier Bostwick scored two goals to lead the offense.

Jack Wertz scored just 84 seconds into the game to put John Jay on top, off an assist from J.J. Morowitz. The lead was 1-0 after one period.

In the second period, Bostwick scored at 8:36 (Mark Leprine assist) and 7:45 (unassisted) to up the lead to 3-0.

Dylan McMichael added the final goal, unassisted, with 34 seconds left to play.

Conor Bunyan had 46 saves in goal for Fox Lane (5-5-1).

“It was a solid effort. Conor played well and we tried not to get frustrated,” said head coach Alex Smith. “We are going have to be mentally prepared as our schedule gets even more difficult going forward. I am very interested in how we match up against Scarsdale next Monday. They have some very potent offensive weapons.”

The Indians play Scarsdale (5-0-1) on Monday night at 6:55 at the E.J. Murray Memorial Skating Park in Yonkers.

John Jay is now 7-0 in the WRPDIIHL Conference I League B standings, followed by JFK/Putnam Valley (4-5), Pawling (3-4) and Brewster and Hen Hud, both 1-5.

Lanza and White also combined for a shutout in the 8-0 win at Pawling last Thursday. Lanza had 12 saves and White five saves, as John Jay finished with a 52-17 edge in shots on goal.

Shawn Smith, Jack Grimm and Wertz each tallied two goals, with other goals by Lucas Prestamo and Morowitz. Thomas Blaney and Anthony Scapperotti each had two assists, with other helpers from Morowitz, Prestamo, John Tobin and Smith.

Pawling came out hard and controlled the first five minutes of the game, before Wertz put the Indians up 1-0 just over six minutes into the game, off a Morowitz assist. Smith made it 2-0 with 23 seconds left, off assists from Prestamo and Scapperotti, to make it 2-0 after one period.

John Jay broke the game open in the second period with five goals, out-shooting Pawling 26-7 in the period.

Grimm made it 3-0 just 1:14 into the period off an assist from Blaney, and scored again less five minutes late, off assists from Blaney and Scapperotti, to up the lead to 4-0 with 9:06 left in the period.

Goals by Wertz at 7:21, Prestamo at 1:38 (Smith assist) and Morowitz with 24 seconds left (Tobin assist) made it 7-0 after two periods.

Smith scored unassisted a minute into the third period to cap off the scoring.

“We had good balanced scoring including three goals from our defensemen,” said coach Smith. “The consistent play of guys like J.J. Morowitz, Anthony Scapperotti and Connor Moore is really giving us a boost.”

For Pawling (3-7-1 overall), Thomas Klinger had 34 saves on 42 shots, and Justin Virkus had seven saves on seven shots.

“It’s always tough to play in Pawling. They always come out hard and they controlled the first five minutes tonight. We got settled in after the start and got a big goal by Shawn Smith in the last half minute of the first to make it 2-0,” coach Smith commented. “We took control in the second period and banged in five goals.”

The closest game of the past week was a surprisingly tough 7-5 win over Yorktown last Friday at Brewster Ice Arena. Goals by Smith and Leprine midway through the third period snapped a 5-5 tie.

The Huskers (2-8) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and were up 3-2 after one period, before the Indians rallied for three goals in the second period to take the lead.

“The season has many chapters and there will be games like this. Our challenge continues to be consistency. I liked our response in the second period. We out-shot them 17-4 and took territorial control back,” coach Smith commented.

Yorktown scored about two minutes into the game, and then again two minutes later, to go up 2-0. Smith answered with a goal at 6:35, off a Bostwick assist, but Yorktown scored just 30 seconds later to make it 3-1. Grimm’s goal with 4:26 left, off another Bostwick assist, made it 3-2 after one period.

The second period saw goals by Smith at 10:16 (Leprine assist), Grimm at 5:43 (Tobin assist) and Blaney at 4:08 (Morowitz and Tobin assists), as John Jay took a 5-3 lead into the final period.

The Huskers scored two goals in a span of 14 seconds to tie the game up with 8:35 left, but Smith put John Jay back up just 30 seconds later, off assists from Prestamo and Leprine.

Leprine scored just 40 seconds later to put John Jay up 7-5 with 7:24 left, with Bostwick notching his third assist of the game.

“Give Yorktown credit. They played hard-nose, physical hockey and put us on our heels in the first period,” said Smith. “Perhaps the most troubling part of the game is giving up quick back-to-back goals in the first five minutes. The coaching staff needs to do a better job of preparing the team for the drop of the puck.”

Lanza finished with 20 saves in goal, as John Jay had a 21-25 edge in shots on goal. Madison Drezek had 24 saves for Yorktown.

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