By Mike Dougherty
BREWSTER — A comfortable lead was slipping away, but Sean Henderson knows what to do in a moment of crisis.
Nothing calms nervous teammates like a timely goal or two.
Henderson interrupted a Yorktown comeback with his fourth and fifth goals, leading Brewster to a 7-4 win Friday at Brewster Ice Arena. The standout forward has 50 points this season and was the leading scorer in Section 1 when he left the locker room.
“Sean always finds a way to put the puck in the net,” Bears goalie Luc Genovesi said.
The Huskers (5-9-1) were struggling until Chris Cunnington and Shivam Gupta scored in the opening minutes of the third period, shrinking the deficit to 5-4.
Henderson jumped on a turnover in the neutral zone and came storming in with 8:27 to play, firing a shot in off the glove of Madison Drezek. He stepped on the accelerator five minutes later and threw in one more to completely deflate Yorktown.
The defense wasn’t able to push the senior off the puck.
“I chose not to shadow him tonight,” Huskers coach Bob Fritsche said. “My bad, I guess. I just felt we could contain him. We didn’t shadow the last game against Brewster and we tied them 7-7. We’ve got the offense. You saw it with us coming back with two quick goals there in the third period. … He tore us up. We had some goalie mistakes. It’s just tough.”
Brewster (7-5-1) was able to count the wins on a single hand last season. A good start this time around is paying dividends.
“Winning those few games early this year, everyone’s confidence level picked up and we all realized if we’re going to win games we all gotta chip in as a team,’’ Henderson said.
Getting ahead in games is also helping.
J.T. Goodliffe pushed the first goal across for the Bears with 8:38 to go in the first period, and Henderson tacked on another in the final minute.
The lead was 5-2 after two.
“I think that’s probably the most important thing you can do is get ahead early because that picks up the level of play in everyone and gets them engaged,” Henderson said. “If you fall behind a few goals, then everyone is all out of it and you’ve got to work back.”