WHITE PLAINS – There is a way to survive bigger, stronger and faster.
Yorktown played smarter than White Plains, opening the season with a surprising 4-2 win Saturday in the Guy Mathews Invitational at Ebersole Ice Rink.
A string of costly penalties did the Tigers in.
“It was a great finish,” said Cian Keohane, who netted the game-winner with 4:22 to go and later tacked on an empty-net goal. “They gave us a lot of gifts by taking majors and we knew we had to get the job done.”
White Plains spent 19 1/2 minutes in the penalty box.
The most costly infraction was a hit from behind that came with 4:38 to play. In a matter of seconds, Liam Donnelly erased a 2-1 deficit with a transition goal.
Keohane had the Huskers on top a short time later.
“Coach told us to get the puck deep,” he said. “I threw a shot on net and it hit off a defenseman’s stick and skate. It wound up right in front and I was able to backhand it top shelf.”
Fog made the first two periods a little more interesting.
“It was getting worse for a while,” Donnelly said. “The first and second period, you couldn’t see anything. It was OK in the third. We made due.”
Player of the game: Donnelly. He knotted the score 2-2 with 4:22 to play, converting on the power play. The senior forward set up Keohane on the go-ahead goal a minute later..
Turning point: Eric Brotmann gave White Plains a 2-1 lead with 7:37 to go, but the Tigers took a four-minute major three minutes later and gave up three goals in the final four-plus minutes.
Stat line: Madi Drezeck made 15 saves for Yorktown. … Donnelly also had the assist on a Shaun Benson goal that got the Huskers even, 1-1, in the second period. … Tigers goalie Justin Schulz made 13 saves in his first varsity start.
Quotable: “We lost some great players like Frankie (Gavigan),” Donnelly said. “I don’t think anybody is looking at us as a formidable opponent, but we’re fine with being an underdog. It works for us.”