Written by Mark A. Tesoriero Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
A season’s worth of hardwork brought the top seed in both the Hudson Valley Hockey League and Long Island Amateur Hockey League to the Great Neck Bruin’s Midget Minor team. They beat many teams along the way, won a tournament in Pennsylvania and were living a season of dreams after they secured their bid to the New York State Championships in March. However, it was now playoff time and the all the stats, hardware and standings became meaningless. A disappointing loss to a tough Bear Mountain team brought an abrupt end to their quest for a Hudson Valley Championship. They took no solace in the fact that Bear Mountain went on to win that league the very next weekend.
The entire squad was refocused and brought a very different attitude with them to their first Long Island playoff game against a very physical Aviator team. Despite yielding the game’s first goal, the Bruins stuck with their game plan and put the contest out of reach with a four-goal outburst late in the first period. Winger Jamie Esperto found the back of the net twice while Andrew Voigt and Thomas Henry contributed one goal each. From there it became a chippy affair with the teams trading penalties and powerplay goals. Centermen Steven Cacchioli and Brandon Muller added a goal each on the powerplay. The Bruins then killed off a key 5 on 3 late in the second period to maintain their three-goal cushion. Liam Fitzgerald and Joe DeMarco lead the defensemen in hits and blocked shots during the penalty kill. All that was left was to keep their cool as their opponent tried to unhinge them with physical play and after-the-whistle shenanigans. The game ended 8 to 5 in favor of the Bruins who moved on to the finals against their arch rival the Long Island Rebels.
Since these two teams split their season series, everyone knew it was going to be a close, hard fought affair the next morning. The Bruins carried play from the drop of the puck, out-shooting the Rebels for the game by a 3 to 1 margin. They had more chances and more time in the offensive zone in the first and for much of the second period, but could not break through. It was just past the midpoint when Dago Rodriguez unleashed a shot from just inside the blue line. His laser wrist shot found the top of the net and the Bruins had the lead.
Showing uncharacteristic penalty-free discipline, the Bruins went into lockdown in the defensive zone by blocking shots and thwarting chances. The defensive play of the game came when the Bruin’s Ryan King broke up a Rebels breakaway with an impressive sweepcheck from behind, the puck ending up harmlessly in the corner. When there was an open shot, goalie Sean Chalker was there every time to turn it aside or corral a loose puck. Line after line went over the boards with a mission. They knew to win they needed to grind down their opponent as well as the clock, win their individual battles and after 50 seconds pass it on to the next man up. The final buzzer sounded the end to the LIAHL season. The last team standing in the Midget Minor Division was the Great Neck Bruins. They earned their 1-0 shutout with hard work and discipline. It was a quality hockey game that was a pleasure to watch and worthy of a championship trophy.
Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00
Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders.
“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus.
“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.
Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.