The January 22nd Varsity Ice Hockey game between Garden City and Manhasset was televised on MSG Varsity. The game featured two evenly
matched teams who entered the game separated by a single point in the standings.
The first period saw Manhasset out shoot the Garden City Wings 6-4 and hold a 2-1lead at the end of the period. The lone GC goal was
scored by Spiros Markopoulos, assisted by his brother, Albert Markopoulos, & Beau Lardner.
The Wings did not fare any better in the second period as Manhasset dominated play for much of the period and held an 11 to 5 shot advantage
during the period. Manhasset tallied four goals during the period against only two for Garden City. Albert Markopoulos scored the first Wings
goal of the period assisted by Tim Moynihan and Elias Georges. The second Wings goal was scored by Pat Donahue with assists by Spiros & Albert
Markopoulos. Manhasset held a 6-3 lead at the second intermission which could have been much worse except for the excellent play by the Wings
goaltender David Wax.
While Albert Markopoulos was being interviewed by the MSG Varsity broadcasters during the second intermission, Head Coach Rich Peck and
assisted Coach Brian Johnston (GCHS 2007) adjusted their game strategy. With the need to score quickly to get back into the game, Coach
Peck took advantage of having the last line change to get the optimum matchup for his top scoring line. That decision turned out to be the
difference in the game and led to an exciting third period. Garden City cut the Manhasset lead to two goals two minutes into the period on
a goal by Spiros Markopoulos assisted by Pat Donahue & Albert Markopoulos. Two minutes later, Elias Georges made it a one goal game assisted
by Spiros Markopoulos and Pat Donahue. Two minutes after the Georgeís goal, Spiros Markopoulos netted a game tying goal with nine minutes
left in the period. The game tying goal was assisted by Albert Markopoulos and Beau Lardner. With a little more than three minutes left
in the period, Pat Donahue scored the game winner with assists going to Elias George and Albert Markopoulos. Albert Markopoulos netted
an empty net goal with 25 seconds left to close out the scoring and a fantastic comeback by the Wings.
The other half of Coach Peckís strategy during the third period was to match center Steven Lanciotti and combinations of wingers PJ Volz,
Billy Barbaro, and Chris Arena against Manhassetís top line. Their great play shut down Manhasset and enabled the comeback victory for
Garden City. Also contributing to the victory was the steady play of wingers Matthew Cotter, Tom Martis., Bill Tranfaglia & John Wein.
Defensemen had a strong game, especially in the third period despite the absence of Senior Tom White who missed the game due to an illness.
Senior Tim Moynihan had an outstanding game and continues to be one of the most dominate defensemen in the league. Sophomore Elias Georges (1G, 1A)
was also force at both ends of the rink. Converted forward, Senior Beau Lardner, recorded two assists and utilized his speed to neutralize the
strong skating of Manhasset forwards. Junior Sam Bartels works hard in the defensive zone and especially enjoys making hits on the opposing
forwards. Defensive-minded Sophomore Robert Tomao continued his solid season with another strong game in the Wings defensive zone.
Once again, as it has been for most of the season, the Wings were outshot in the game and had to lean heavily on goaltender David Wax. David has
been outstanding this year for the team especially in the last period of the games. David made two great saves in the last three minutes of the
game to preserve the victory.
The Wings record now stands at 8-7-1. They are currently in third place in the Liberty Division of the Nassau County High School Hockey league.
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