By Mike Dougherty
BREWSTER – One side was exhausted, the other was angry.
After storming back from an early three-goal deficit, Yorktown did not have the legs to hold off Brewster, losing a 5-4 overtime heartbreaker Sunday at Brewster Ice Arena. The Bears took a string of illogical penalties and gave the momentum away in the second period, but made up for lost time.
Aaron Treiling scored less than a minute into the extra session after Seamus Carey skated the puck in deep, triggering a sigh of relief.
“I watched Seamus coming down the boards and had a feeling he was looking to make a drop pass,” Treiling said. “I shot quickly and the goalie didn’t see it. Truthfully, I didn’t see it go in, either. Seamus helped me out with that part, too.”
Treiling was quickly wrapped up by an excited Carey.
“I would’ve been really mad had we lost or even tied,” he said after registering a hat trick. “We had the lead until we took a bunch of stupid penalties.”
Kevin Moroney, Treiling and Carey had the Bears (5-0-1) on top 3-0 five minutes into the second. That’s when the whistles kept stopping play. Brewster spent most of the last 10 minutes of the period skating without a body or two.
And it proved costly.
Peter Miley got the Huskers (4-2) on the board with a power-play goal, but there was a short-handed answer at the other end from Treiling. Shaun Benson got Yorktown within 4-2 in the final minutes of the second.
“I thought we played solid up until we got the 3-0 lead,” said Sean DeGaray, whose hustle set up the short-handed goal. “Then it all went downhill with the penalties. It’s something we’ve been struggling with this season. We have to get smarter.”
Frank Gavigan and Liam Donnelly scored in the final eight minutes of the third to knot the score, but the wear and tear of a late Saturday win over Monroe-Woodbury began to show before the end of regulation.
The Bears are sitting atop their league standings, and that’s a surprise, even in their own locker room. With no goalie, they had to persuade Nick Francis to come out, and he’s quickly become a student section favorite.
Connor Henderson, Anthony Justo, Jason McNamara and Casey do a nice job of limiting the number of point-blank shots Francis is seeing.
“On defense, we definitely go in with the mindset of protecting our goalie,” Carey said. “We’re all looking to block shots. It’s the first year Nick Francis has even played high school hockey. He’s stepped up big time for us, and we’re lucky to have him in net.”