By Mike Dougherty
BREWSTER – Alphonse Sicignano no longer needs a name tag.
There’s a pretty good chance the sophomore forward who transferred into Carmel at the start of the school year will be the big man on campus the rest of the week. He scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner Wednesday in a 4-3 win over rival Mahopac at Brewster Ice Arena.
Nobody was more surprised than Sicignano.
“I just scored my first goal of the season yesterday in a non-league game against Pawling,” he said with a wide reflexive grin.
The game was filled with dramatic momentum swings.
“My sophomore year is the last time we beat them,” said Mike Gamby, a senior forward who had four assists and went over 100 career points. “I just remember getting mobbed in the celebration at the end. It was the best feeling. And this is so cool. When you go to school after wins like this one, everybody knows who you are. It’s a great feeling.”
The freshman goaltender was outstanding in the first period, flat robbing the Indians several times. She made five stops on an early penalty kill. Carmel was getting outplayed until Gamby made a key hustle play, intercepting a clearing pass.
He forced Mahopac goalie Tommy Gilmore to make a heroic play, but the rebound went straight to Jake Alfonzetti, who gave the Rams a 1-0 lead.
“We were on the ropes a little there, but Willow stepped up for us like she has all year,” Gamby said. “Getting that one turned everything around. Tommy got me with a poke check, but the puck went off my shin right to Jake.”
Matt DeRosa made it a 1-1 game when he converted a Rams miscue with 10:49 to go in the second. Sicignano got Carmel back on top, but Rob Buckley finished with a backhand flip to knot the score 2-2 in the final minutes of the period.
Tyler Alfonzetti showed incredible patience on the doorstep, and gave the Rams a 3-2 edge two minutes into the third. It took eight minutes before the Indians answered, but Matt Stefunek tied matters 3-3.
“Each time we scored, they came right back,” Tyler Alfonzetti said. “It was almost heartbreaking.”
Gamby set up the winning goal when he controlled a puck in the corner and carefully delivered it to Sicignano, who spent last year at Kennedy and only had one thought before launching the puck into the far corner of the net.
“I was like, ‘It’s your one shot, don’t miss,’ ” he said. “You only get so many opportunities in life as I have learned over the years. … My eyes were on the puck the entire way through.”