LI HS Hockey Weekly: Hold onto your hats!
Hockey tradition calls for hats to be thrown on the ice when one player scores three goals in a game to signify the feat that is commonly known as a “hat trick.”
Now we didn’t see any hats thrown on the ice this week, but the MSG Varsity Gametime cameras had the pleasure of witnessing three hat tricks in three different games in what was a scoring explosion across the Island.
None were more impressive than Syosset’s Corey Hoffman.
We shouldn’t be shocked however by Hoffman’s trick, it’s just common practice for the sophomore to register four or more points in a game.
Hoffman’s 19 goals and 20 assists in just six games can attest to that feat.
Don’t adjust your screens or think something is wrong with your vision. He’s been that good.
The dynamic forward started quickly, just 1:35 into his team’s contest with Long Beach by deflecting a centering pass by fellow sophomore Jonathan Lazarus into the back of the cage.
Less than four minutes later, Hoffman channeled his inner Alex Ovechkin, after receiving a pass from linemate Sam Sternshine by cutting down the left side of the rink and drawing the goalie down, only to dipsy-doodle his way around the fallen netminder behind the net. He seamlessly wrapped the puck around the near post for his second of the night.
The Braves star tied a bow on his hat trick midway through the third period off a pass from Lazarus to put his team’s lead out of reach from the Marines.
Hoffman, ever the humble forward, was quick to credit his linemates for his recent success following Syosset’s 6-4 win over defending state champion, Long Beach.
“It’s definitely great, I’ve been able to do it all season long,” Hoffman said of his scoring pace. “It’s definitely tough, but my teammates have been giving me the puck and I’ve just been able to put it in the back of the net.”
His coach Richard Goldstein has not been surprised by Hoffman’s emergence.
“I can’t say enough about him,” Goldstein said Monday night. “I’ve been coaching him since he was five. There are not enough adjectives that can describe him.”
Not to be outdone, Suffolk County joined the hat trick fad on Wednesday during a Gametime double-header.
Half Hollow Hills Daylin Frantin improved his season’s goal output to ten on the year with a hat-trick effort in a 8-4 win over Kings Park/Commack. The feat was more impressive as goal scoring was all over the place with nine different players hitting the goal column.
In the second-half of the Suffolk double-header, St. Anthony’s Paul Britt got a little extra “hatty” by potting four on the board in the Friars’ 7-2 victory over Northport/Huntington. His four goals puts his tied for the team lead in points with Michael Vaiano (18).
Now you see him…
One of the more impressive individual efforts of the week came from Half Hollow Hills’ forward Ben Sorkin against Kings Park/Commack.
With Kings Park/Commack threatening in the Hornets zone, a missed pass sent the puck down the ice and forced the Cougars defensemen to retreat to retrieve the loose biscuit. However, Sorkin turned on the jets and beat both D-men and finally the goaltender Matthew Jacobs with a pretty deke for his seventh of the season.
It was also the last of six unanswered goals scored by the Hornets en route to a 8-4 victory.
Running of the Bulls
If there’s any doubt which team should hold the number one spot, Smithtown should put it to rest. The Bulls have run the table in Suffolk Count by going a perfect 14-0 as of December 8, including its last two victories coming against the number three and four teams in Suffolk, Sachem and East Islip.
Smithtown has outscored its opponents, 81-25.
Key games to watch
December 11: Connetquot/Sayville vs. Half Hollow Hills (at The Rinx), 6:20 p.m.
December 11: Cold Spring Harbor vs. Massapequa (at Bethpage), 8:45 p.m.