Garden City Wings Ice Hockey Club
After a strong early season start, the Garden City High School Varsity Ice Hockey Wings team stumbled in late November and early December
which put them in the division cellar. Facing four games in eight days prior to the holiday break, the Wings needed to start
playing better hockey before they dug themselves into too big of a hole.
On December 14th the Wings faced off against a strong Oceanside team which had defeated them the prior week. Garden City jumped out to a quick 3 goal lead. Albert Markopoulos scored midway thru the first period on an assist from his brother Spiros. Elias Georges registered the second goal on a nice rush, with an assist from Beau Lardner. A minute later, Spiros Markopoulos scored off a pass from his brother Albert. Oceanside got on the scoreboard with a powerplay goal with less than a minute to go in the first period which ended with the Wings holding a 3-1 lead. The Wings jumped to a 4-1 lead on a power play goal by Tim Moynihan with Albert Markopoulos getting the assist. Oceanside then scored three unanswered goals, and the second period ended in a 4-4 tie. Forty seconds into the third period, Tim Moynihan scored his second power play goal of the game to give the Wings the lead. With less than six minutes left in the game, Captain Pat Donahue scored an unassisted goal which turned out to be the game winner. Oceanside scored a late goal with 20 seconds left in the game for a 6-5 Wings victory.
The game feaured outstanding efforts by goaltender David Wax who faced 45 shots in the game along with Albert Markopoulos who was a +3 for the game.
Two nights later, a depleted Wings squad took the ice with only nine players against Syosset High School. The only scoring in the first period was a late goal by Albert Markopoulos with an assist from Tim Moynihan. An unassisted goal by Tim Moynihan gave the Wings a short-lived two goal lead. Syosset stormed back, and the second period ended in a 2-2 tie. The third period saw a tired Wings team just barely hanging on as Goaltender David Wax kept them in the game. With two minutes remaining in the game, freshman P.J. Volz etted the game winner to give the Wings a 3-2 victory. Exceptional efforts by defensemen Sam Bartels and Tim Moyihan who were forced to stay on the ice for the entire game. Despite being double shifted all game by Coach Peck, forwards Albert Markopoulos, Steven Lanciotti, P.J. Volz, Billy Barbaro, Bill Tranfaglia and Matt Cotter were strong at both ends of the rink. Goaltender avid Wax had his second strong game of the week and had 35 saves.
Forty-eight hours later, the Wings were back on the ice facing Manhasset High School. An early time out called by Coach Peck got the teams attention, and they swarmed all over the third place Manhasset team. The Wings finished the night with an 8-3 victory. The first line of Albert Markopoulos (2G, 3A), Pat Donahue (1G, 3A) and Spiros Markopoulos (2G, 1A) registered 13 points in the game. Beau Lardner (2G, 1A) popped in two nice goals and assisted with linemate Steven Lanciotti on a goal by Tim Moynihan. As noted by Head Coach Rick Peck after the game, one of the major contributing factors to the recent success of the team has been the improved play in the defensive zone by wings Matt Cotter, Tom Martis, Bill Tranfaglia, John Wein, and center Bill Barbaro.
Assistant Coach Brian Johnston has been very pleased with the improved play of his defense. Tim Moynihan has been a dominant force at both ends of the rink. Elias Georges is one of the better offensive defensemen in the league. Sam Bartels has been getting the attention of opposing forwards with his hard hits. Rob Tomao continues to make smart decisions with the puck and is having a strong sophomore season with the Wings. Steady Senior Tom White has been terrific in the defensive zone this season. Versatile freshman P.J. Volz has been solid for the Wings including getting a game winning goal while filling in as a forward.
Goaltender David Wax has been the early season MVP for the Wings, averaging a save for each minute of play.
The Wings next game is Monday, January 4th at 7:50pm at Newbridge against Oceanside High School. Please visit www.gcwings.org for a complete game schedule or for additional information on the Wings.