John Jay-CR makes it look easy vs. Brewster
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After John Jay-Cross River's Shawn Smith scored his first goal against Brewster on Friday evening, he spotted a huge cutout poster of the Staples "Easy Button" pressed up against the glass. The junior forward knew what to do next, launching his entire body onto the button in celebration.
It summed up the night perfectly.
John Jay-CR made it look entirely too easy in an 11-0 win over Brewster at Brewster Ice Arena, jumping out to a 3-0 lead less than three minutes into the opening period.
"Three goals in three minutes is just a coach's dream in the first period," Indians coach Alex Smith said. "We talked about having a good start and throwing the pucks on the net and it worked out great."
And John Jay-CR refused to let up on the gas, putting up double-digit goals for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
"We played hard the whole 45 minutes," Shawn Smith said. "We have struggled to do that. We let down sometimes. We play well for 20 minutes and we would be winning by two goals or so and the other team would come back in it."
There was no coming back for Brewster in this one. Shawn Smith made sure of it, racking up a team-high four goals and an assist to power the offense.
"Shawn is a real power forward and he has great hands as well," coach Smith said. "He really was on the net tonight and was working hard and it paid off in a big way."
But he wasn't the only one to get in on the act. Senior all-section forward Frazier Bostwick and junior forward Mark Leprine each had two goals and an assist. Connor Moore (1G, 2A), Anthony Scapperotti (2A), Thomas Blaney (1G), Cody Harris (1G), John Tobin (1A) and Tyler Posadas (1A) rounded out the robust offensive production.
Defensively, starting goalie Matt Lanza (11 saves) and backup Jason Styles (4 saves) combined for the shutout. The Indians (2-0), who blanked Pawling, 3-0, in their opener, have yet to relinquish a goal this season.
"I was really pleased with our defensive zone and really not giving them a lot of room and space," coach Smith said.
While John Jay-CR has only played two games thus far, it's pretty evident that it has the weapons to cause some serious damage down the road.
"We have a lot of veterans — seniors and juniors," coach Smith said. "They take very seriously our opportunity to be successful this year."
KEYS TO THE GAME
1) Shot out of a cannon: John Jay-CR came out with its hair on fire. Frazier Bostwick scored just 47 seconds into regulation. Mark Leprine followed with back-to-back goals to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. It all added up to three goals in two minutes and 26 seconds. For Brewster, it was almost over before it started.
2) JJ will be a legit contender in D2: The Indians really showcased their deep and talented roster, which will make them a legit contender in Section 1 Division 2. Heading into this season, everyone knew about Bostwick. Rest-assured, there are many talented players behind him, including Shawn Smith, Mark Leprine and Connor Moore. Smith, a 6-foot-2 lacrosse standout, can fly and has the skills to create around the net. He could be poised for a gigantic year.
3) Brewster gets blanked again: For the second straight game, Brewster's usually potent offense was held without a goal. The Bears were coming off an 8-0 setback to Lakeland/Panas. Prior to the Lakeland/Panas game, Brewster had gone 40 straight games without getting shutout.
John Jay-CR 4 3 4 11
Brewster 0 0 0 0
JJ (14:17) Frazier Bostwick from Lucas Prestamo | 1-0 JJ
JJ (12:46) Mark Leprine from Connor Moore | 2-0 JJ
JJ (12:34) Leprine from Moore | 3-0 JJ
JJ (2:49) Shawn Smith from Leprine | 4-0 JJ
JJ (11:33) Thomas Blaney from Anthony Scapperotti and Smith | 5-0 JJ
JJ (7:44) Smith from Tyler Posadas | 6-0 JJ
JJ (7:14) Moore from Bostwick | 7-0 JJ
JJ (11:06) Smith unassisted | 8-0 JJ
JJ (8:18) Smith from Scapperotti | 9-0 JJ
JJ (8:05) Bostwick from Prestano and John Tobin | 10-0 JJ
JJ (5:09) Cody Harris unassisted | 11-0 JJ
John Jay-CR: Shawn Smith (4G, 1A); Mark Leprine (2G, 1A); Frazier Bostwick (2G, 1A); Connor Moore (1G, 2A); Anthony Scapperotti (2A); Thomas Blaney (1G); Cody Harris (1G); John Tobin (1A); Tyler Posadas (1A)
John Jay-CR: Matt Lanza (11 saves); Jason Styles (4 saves)
Brewster: Luc Genovesi (22 saves)
John Jay-CR 16 9 8 33
Brewster 4 6 5 15
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