Matt Labriola scored five goals as the Mount Pleasant/Hastings IceCats gave new head coach Greg Antash his first win behind the bench, routing Fox Lane, 12-5, on March 2 at the Brewster Ice Arena.
Noah Whitney had a goal and three assists for the IceCats, while Nathan Xie had a goal and two helpers. Aaron Bottiglieri, Aiden Schutt, Timmy Schutt, Nick Delia, and Robert Criscuolo also scored, while Ian McKenzie recorded two assists and Javier Wuster added one helper.
“They played well up and down the line up,” Antash said. “We struggled at times on the defensive end of the game, and that's continuing to be a work in progress. I'm proud of these kids.”
The win came after the IceCats opened this shortened season with three losses.
“The first three games we have struggled and the scoreboard shows that, but it didn't tell the entire story,” Antash said.
In those losses, the IceCats were outscored 33-8.
“They have continued to scratch and claw the entire game and didn't given up in any of those blowouts,” Antash said. “They worked hard to get the win.”
He added, “It was great to see the smile on their faces. Especially our goaltender John Sarfaty, who picked up his first varsity win in high school hockey. He made quite a few big saves.”
The IceCats followed the win with a 7-6 overtime loss to New Rochelle at the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford on March 5.
Labriola had two more goals in the loss, while Delia had a goal and three assists. In addition, the Schutts had a goal and two assists apiece, while Wuster added a goal. Whitney, McKenzie, and Criscuolo had one assist apiece.
“This team competes from start to finish,” Antash said. “We went down 2-0 early and they kept coming back and didn't let that get them down. Ultimately, I feel we did not play discipline hockey and took too many untimely penalties.”
On March 6, in the backend of the home-and-home two-game series with New Rochelle, the IceCats fell, 9-2, to the Huguenots at The Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon.
The IceCats next fell, 9-3, to Rye Town at the Ebersole Ice Arena in White Plains on March 7. Xie, Criscuolo, and Whitney had the goals for the IceCats, while Labriola and Aiden Dermody had assists.
“They played well for two periods,” Antash said. “We let the game get away from us in the third — [have to] move on and get ready for the next one.”
The RIVERTOWNS LEGENDS traveled to the Hommocks Ice Rink in Larchmont on March 5 and suffered a 14-1 loss to Rye. Ethan Pakola had the lone tally for the Legends.
The Legends also fell, 18-0, to Rye on March 7 at the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford.
Team records through March 7: IceCats 1-6-0; Legends 0-5-0