Rosenberg, Half Hollow Hills down Sachem
When Half Hollow Hills hits the ice, usually you'll see Ben Sorkin and his 24 goals pop up frequently in the goal column.
Sorkin's name did end up on the scoresheet, however it would be his teammate Ryan Rosenberg that got the main billing for Half Hollow Hills Wednesday night at The Rinx.
Rosenberg scored two goals, while goaltender Eric Tartarian had a shutout as the Hornets (9-1) stayed in first place in the Suffolk County High School Hockey League with a 5-0 whitewash of Sachem (6-4).
After the first 15 minutes of play, it looked as if goals were going to be at a premium with both goaltenders posting goose-eggs on the board. But 28 seconds into the middle frame, Sorkin put a dent on the scoreboard with his league-leading 25th goal of the season to give his Hornets a 1-0 lead.
Four minutes later, Rosenberg would open everyone's eyes with a laser of a shot that had eyes for the top left corner from 50 feet out to give the Hornets a 2-0 advantage that held until the second intermission.
"The second line showed up big. Rosenberg was outstanding. He also followed up and could have had five or six more goals," said Half Hollow Hills head coach Brian Statfeld.
Rosenberg was back in the thick of things again entering the third period. Just 1:02 into the final frame he was in the right place at the right time off a rebound from a Ben Sorkin shot as the puck bounced off Basset's pads and onto Rosenberg's blade for a 3-0 Half Hollow Hills lead.
After a first period where Basset stood on his head, Hills coach Statfeld told his team to find the angles which seemed to do the trick for his offensively-talented team.
"We just needed to really get pucks on the net. We were hitting him square in the chest the first two periods. It seemed like he was giving up some rebounds," Statfeld said. "Their goalie (Brandon Basset) stood on his head. I've got to give credit to the Sachem team, they work really hard."
Eeric Steinberg and Robert Matz added late insurance goals later in the third period while Tartarian held the zero on the scoreboard.
"Eric's probably one of the top goalies in the league," Statfeld said. "He does what he has to do night in and night out. He did what he had to do."
SJB downs East Islip in OT
Matthew O'Shaughnessy scored the game-winning goal for St. John the Baptist 1:46 into the overtime period as the Cougars won a nail-biter over East Islip, 2-1.
Goaltenders Ryan Martensen (East Islip), Austin Francois and Stephen Montgomery (St. John the Baptist) all stood on their collective heads and kept the game scoreless for the first 43:14 until Charles Peck potted home a cross-ice feed from O'Shaughnessy to give the Cougars the 1-0 lead.
East Islip fought right back just 43 seconds lateras Robert Lemon scored his first of the year off a back-handed rebound to even things up into the extra frame, only for O'Shaughnessy to score the winner for St. John the Baptist.
The Cougars move to 8-1 while East Islip falls to 5-6