Harvey’s Cavaliers shook off the rust of a three-week layoff Sunday, Jan. 7,and exploded for five unanswered second period goals Sunday, leading them to a 6-2 victory against the Lohud #5-ranked Mahopac Indians at Brewster Ice Arena.
After the winter break and disrupted week of snow, Harvey was a bit off during the first portion of the game. Though the Cavs dominated play Mahopac got sticks in lanes and blocked shots. The Indians grabbed the lead late in the period when Harvey failed to backcheck, leaving a man wide open in the goal mouth.
The Pac added to their lead early in the second after a nice cycle play resulted in a second goal, but the Cavs got right back in the game, just 30 seconds later when senior captain Cian Keohane roofed a shot from the slot. Kelly McMorrow and Tyler Lunny forechecked well on the play resulting in the feed to Keohane. A minute and half later James Mettler tied the game as he slid the puck between the goaltender’s legs on a mini breakaway. It was Keohane who gave Harvey the lead for good at the six-minute mark. On a great individual effort, the captain scored on a breakaway.
Harvey would add two more goals before the period was over. McMorrow found a rebound in the slot and fired it home. Then on the next shift, Aidan Cammisa rattled home a fifth goal after a great feed from Luke Baumgartner.
With a three-goal lead the Cavs concentrated on playing well in their own end and got great goalkeeping from junior Ryan Goodliffe, who made 24 saves for his seventh victory of the season. Harvey controlled the game in the final period, outshooting the Indians 15-5. Junior captain Jude Brower added a sixth goal, with help from Lunny’s fourth assist. Harvey outshot Mahopac 39-26 in the game.
Harvey coach Alex Morse praised his team's effort. "It was a bit disappointing to fall behind when we were carrying the play, but we really never stopped moving our feet. Eventually the puck began to bounce our way.” The coach said the team got a big boost from the play of Keohane. “Keohane's goals were big for us tonight. The first one settled us down while the second gave us the lead for good. Cian and Tyler (Lunny) had a huge impact on the game by using their speed."
The Cavaliers improve to 8-1 on the season. They return to the ice Wednesday when they host St. Luke's.