Hockey: Indians hold off Monroe-Woodbury, 5-4

Shawn Smith and Mark Leprine each scored two goals, and Jack Grimm scored what proved to be the game-winner in the third period as the John Jay hockey team held off defending Section 9 champ Monroe-Woodbury, 5-4, on Sunday night at Sport-O-Rama in Monsey.

The Indians (5-0) were out-shot on the night, 33-29, but got 29 saves in goal from Matt Lanza.

Coach Alex Smith called it a strong effort for the Indians, who were coming off a 5-2 win over Carmel on Friday.

“The guys really responded after a lackluster game on Friday. We talked about reacting better to adversity, and they played a very solid road game,” he said. “We got great contributions from role players like Tyler Posadas and Jesse Gasparino.”

Smith opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game, off a John Tobin assist, and Leprine’s goal less than two minutes later, off assists from Grimm and Connor Moore, put John Jay up 2-0 after one period.

Smith notched a shorthanded goal in the opening seconds of the second period to make it 3-0.

A pair of Monroe-Woodbury goals, sandwiched around a goal by Leprine (Anthony Manno assist), sent the Indians into the locker room with a 4-2 lead after two periods.

Grimm then scored five minutes into the third period, off assists from Moore and Leprine, to up the lead to 5-2.

Monroe-Woodbury scored twice in the final five minutes to make it a one-goal goal with 43 seconds left, but the Indians were able to hold on for the win.

Greg Helbeck, Brian Mulligan, Zac Earle and Ian Bernes scored for the Crusaders.

Smith said great play by the John Jay defense was key to the win.

“We were forced to kill off five penalties in the second period, and everybody did a great job,” he commented. “Mark Leprine and J.J. Morowitz had solid games, really taking control in our end.”

Moore finished with two assists for John Jay, with other assists by Leprine, Tobin, Grimm and Manno.

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