Strong Week For Varsity Ice Hockey
The Garden City Varsity Ice Hockey team kept their slim playoff hopes alive with two strong games this past week.
On Wednesday, March 8th the Wings skated against Locust Valley High School. The only scoring in the first
period was a Brian Kiernan power-play goal midway thru the period assisted by John Mendicino.
Brian Kiernan gets between two defenders. photo by Newsphoto.com
Bad luck for the Wings early in the second period, as an apparent goal by John Mendicino was waved off
by the referee. Locust Valley then proceeded to even the score towards the end of the period.
Brian Kiernan put GC back into the lead early in the third period, assisted by Anthony Bitetto and
Ryan Norell. Locust Valley scored midway through the period and the remainder of the period featured
some great end-to-end hockey. Wings goaltender Jeff Greco had another outstanding game, making several
key saves during the latter part of the third period. Greco finished the game with 34 saves.
On Monday, March 13th the team faced-off against Syosset High School. John Mendicino scored on the
second shift of the game assisted by Tom Greco to give GC an early lead. Ryan Norell scored later
in the period off two nice passes from Brian Kiernan and Michael Lanciotti.
Ryan Norell skates around a Locust Valley player. photo by Newsphoto.com
Early in the second period, Ryan Norell scored an unassisted short-handed goal to give the Wings a
comfortable three-goal lead. Brian Kiernan added a goal off a nice feed from Michael Lanciotti towards
the end of the second period.
The Wings added three goals in the third period: Anthony Bitetto from Brian Kiernan; Eric Diller from
Ryan Norell; and John Mendicino from Tom Greco and Joe Scalise. The real story of the third period was
preserving the shutout for goaltender David Logan.
Logan made several excellent saves in the final minutes and finished the game with 23 saves. Great
effort in front of Logan by the defensemen Tom Rossidis, David Brown, Anthony Bitetto, and Brian Kiernan.
The Wings successfully killed off eight penalties in the game. Forwards used on the penalty killing unit
were: Eric Diller, Nick Greco, Tom Greco, Matt Gaudiosi, Aaron Kim, Michael Lanciotti, John Mendicino
and Joe Scalise.
Brian Kiernan stick handles as Ryan Norell breaks for the net. photo by Newsphoto.com
The Wings roster consists of Goaltenders Jeff Greco and David Logan; Defensemen Tom Rossidis, David Brown, and
Anthony Bitetto; Forwards Max Auricchio, Eric Diller, Nick Greco, Tom Greco, Matt Gaudiosi, Brian Kiernan, Aaron
Kim, Michael Lanciotti, John Mendicino, Ryan Norell, Kyle Seiferth and Joe Scalise.
The Wings final regular season game is Thursday, March 23rd at 9pm at the Iceworks rink in Syosset.
Please visit www.gcwings.org for additional information on the Wings.