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Wings Varsity 2009-2010 February 23,2010 Article by Brian Kacharaba
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Moynihan's Double-Overtime Goal Sends Wings to Finals
Defenseman also ties game late and Wax makes 30 saves to lead Garden City past Manhasset-Roslyn 2-1.

The Garden City Wings rode the stick of Tim Moynihan and the pads of David Wax into the finals of the Liberty Division playoffs.

Moynihan scored his second goal of the game in the second overtime period and Wax was spectacular in making 30 saves as the Wings rallied for a 2-1 win over Manhasset-Roslyn Sunday evening in the semifinals at the Long Beach Ice Arena.

Manhasset-Roslyn held a 1-0 lead until just over four minutes remaining in the game when Moynihan's slap shot from the left point careened off the left leg of defenseman Evan Kundrat, who was standing near the right point, and past goalie Ilan Jamnik to tie it.

"The whole team was dull," Moynihan said. "I just tried getting a shot on net and made the best of it."

Both teams could only muster one shot each during the first five-minute overtime period and two in the second. With around three minutes left in the second extra session, which featured both teams skating 3-on-3, Moynihan gathered the puck near his customary left point position and skated towards the Manhasset net. He powered his way around Manhasset-Roslyn's Cory Newman and cut towards the low slot before snapping a shot by Jamnik for the game-winner.

"It was great," Moynihan said. "Everybody was tired and it was exactly what we needed."

The Wings, which limped into the playoffs after consecutive losses to Syosset, will face either top-seeded Levittown or fourth-ranked Oceanside in the finals, which begin Tuesday night at the Bethpage Community Center Ice Rink. The second game will be Friday, Feb. 26 and the third, if necessary, will be next Sunday night.

"They're both very good teams," assistant coach Brian Johnston said. "Oceanside is very fast. Levittown is experienced and talented. Either way, it's going to be a good series."

The result was typical of the season series between the teams, all won by the Wings. Two were decided by one goal and in another, Garden City scored five unanswered goals in the third period for an 8-6 victory on Jan. 22. Manhasset-Roslyn had to forfeit a fifth contest.

"We were confident, but every game except for one were close games and especially the last game, they had our number going into the third period and we just managed to squeak it out," Johnston said.

Wax was sharp from the start. He stopped a shot by Newman moments after Garden City's opening-minute turnover in its own zone before turning away an eight-foot slapper by Rick Yegelwel 4:30 into the game.

"Once again, Wax lived up to his billing," Johnston said. "He's our No. 1 guy and the guy who's really held us in the entire season."

Wax's only blemish came early in the second period, when Manhasset-Roslyn scored its only goal. With 10:20 remaining, John Hannon circled behind the Garden City net before feeding a wide-open Travis Yablon, who easily put a one-timer from in-close past Wax.

Manhasset-Roslyn peppered Wax for 13 more shots in the middle period, but was denied each time. Seconds after Yablon's goal, another shot by Harris Stone careened off of Wax's mask. With 4:30 left in the session, the Wings netminder had to ward off a goalmouth scramble that featured a nice save off Stone. Garden City defenseman Robert Tomao helped out by preventing Yegelwel from getting to the rebound near the left post.

"They're pretty good," Wax said of the Manhasset-Roslyn offense. "They have a lot of good players. Our defense stepped it up and we shut them down."

Garden City had a scary moment in the third period when leading scorer Albert Markopoulos was crushed by Stone's open-ice hit in the Manhasset-Roslyn zone. Markopoulos was down for a couple of minutes, but jumped right back up and finished the game.

"I was holding my breath," Johnston said. "He was down there and not really moving much, but he got back up and he actually had an assist on the game-winner."

The Wings were missing Steve Lanciotti, who was suspended after receiving a game misconduct penalty at the end of the second Syosset loss on Feb. 12.

The game will be aired in its entirety on MSG Varsity Television Thursday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m.

Albert Markopoulos is chased by Manhasset-Roslyn's Travis Yablon as Patrick Donahue (17) camps in front of the net.

Garden City's Chris Arena (87) tries to get around a Manhasset-Roslyn defender during the second period. Credit Brian Kacharaba

Patrick Donahue (17) gets his second-period shot stopped by Manhasset-Roslyn goalie Ilan Jamnik. Credit Brian Kacharaba

Wings goalie David Wax thwarts a Manhasset-Roslyn scramble in the crease. Credit Brian Kacharaba

Garden City's Chris Arena carries the puck during the third period. Credit Brian Kacharaba

Thomas Martis (R) watches the rebound after getting stopped by Manhasset-Roslyn goalie Ilan Jamnik. Credit Brian Kacharaba

Garden City's Albert Markopoulos hits the ice after getting leveled by Manhasset-Roslyn's Harris Stone (11). Credit Brian Kacharaba

Spiro Markopoulos tends to injured brother Albert after he received an open-ice hit from Manhasset-Roslyn's Harris Stone. Credit Brian Kacharaba

The Wings celebrate the game-tying goal by Tim Moynihan (3). Credit Brian Kacharaba

Garden City goalie David Wax watches a late third-period shot by Manhasset-Roslyn's John Hannon sail wide. Credit Brian Kacharaba

Garden City defenseman Tim Moynihan (3) makes his move before scoring his double-overtime goal. Credit Brian Kacharaba

Garden City's Tim Moynihan (3) exhults after scoring the game-winning goal in double-overtime. Credit Brian Kacharaba

The Wings mob defenseman Tim Moynihan after his double-overtime goal sent them to the Liberty Division finals. Credit Brian Kacharaba

David Wax made 13 of his 30 saves in the second period to keep Garden City in the game. Credit Brian Kacharaba

Patrick Donahue (top) tries to set up Phillip Volz (28) in the first period. Credit Brian Kacharaba

Garden City's Beau Lardner glides up the ice. Credit Brian Kacharaba

Garden City's Albert Markopoulos circles the net for a first-period scoring chance. Credit Brian Kacharaba

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