Rye snapped a 1-1 tie with three goals in the final five minutes, handing the John Jay hockey team its first loss of the season, 4-1, last Saturday at SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, Conn.
The Indians (14-1-1) bounced back on Sunday night to blank Lakeland/Panas, 5-0, at Brewster Ice Arena.
“We had a good bounce-back game. We had five different scorers and played well as a team. We are hopeful to build on this win and be competitive upstate next weekend,” commented head coach Alex Smith.
John Jay travels to the Thousands Islands tournament this weekend in upstate New York, at the Appleton Arena in Clayton.
In Sunday’s win, the Indians got first-period goals from Shawn Smith (3:27) and Thomas Blaney (0:21) to go up 2-0, and made it 4-0 in the second period on goals by Lucas Prestamo (9:43) and Mark Leprine (7:40).
Frazier Bostwick closed out the scoring with a goal in the first minute of the third period.
J.J. Morowitz, Dylan McMichael and Anthony Scapperotti each had an assist.
John Jay finished with a 41-13 edge in shots on goal. Matt Lanza turned away six shots in 35 minutes, and Pat White had seven saves in 10 minutes, to combine for the shutout.
Brandon Vasquez made 36 saves for Lakeland/Panas, which dropped to 10-6-1.
In Saturday’s showdown with Rye, the Indians scored first with Bostwick’s shorthanded goal just over six minutes into the game, but they were held scoreless the rest of the way in the 4-1 defeat.
“We did not deal adversity as well as we could have. The lack of discipline during the game had us killing off way too many penalties to get into any flow,” coach Smith commented. “The head coach needs to get the players to battle through that and it didn’t happen. I need to find a way to get the guys to bear down and play harder when things aren’t going our way. That way we don’t beat ourselves.”
After John Jay’s early lead, Rye tied the game at 1-1 on a power-play goal with 3:30 left in the first period. The game remained 1-1 until the Garnets scored with 4:19 left in the third period.
Rye (11-3-1) put the game away with a pair of empty-net goals in the final 37 seconds.
“It was an even game that could have gone either way in the third period. The experience of being in a close game against a state power should benefit us in the long run,” Smith commented.
The Indians had a 12-7 edge in shots on goal in the third period, and for the game out-shot the Garnets, 29-25.
“Rye did a great job killing penalties and their goaltender was strong when he had to be,” said Smith. “We can’t dwell on this one for long. We have a very challenging stretch to finish up the regular season.”