It’s been 37 years since a true Long Island hockey champion was crowned.
East Williston/Jericho’s Adam Fox and Anthony Modica made sure to make the first one in recent memory count.
The freshman Fox had four assists while Modica notched a hat trick as their East Williston/Jericho team took home the inaugural Supervisor’s Cup with a 5-3 win over Suffolk County champion Connetquot/Sayville on Saturday at the Town of Oyster Bay Skating Center.
For a Wildcats (21-1-1) team that lost in the NYS AHA championship game three weeks ago, winning the first Long Island title in almost 40 years made its season that much sweeter.
“It’s very sweet especially to come out and not knowing what you were going to play again. You had the rankings every week and you wonder ‘how would we hold up?’” said East Williston/Jericho head coach Jon Turk. “Here we established that we were the best team on Long Island.”
The Wildcats experience didn’t start out quite how it liked to as Connetquot/Sayville jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as Bryan Arroyo got a quick backhander past goaltender Graham Turk just :36 into the first period.
“Whenever the first goal goes in its not exactly the goaltenders sweetest dream but I tried to put it past me and I knew we could come back and score,” Graham Turk said. “To give it up was a little deflating but our team did a great job of not letting it get to them.”
The East Williston/Jericho goaltender had a good feeling as his squad fired off three goals in two and a half minutes to take a 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission. Modica, who was named the Nassau County's representative's MVP had two goals and Matthew Bernot had the other.
All three first period goals were thanks to the efforts of East Williston/Jerciho’s star defenseman, Adam Fox.
“He’s so good. The more important and the harder the game, the better he becomes,” said Turk. “It’s also amazing as the game goes on and he plays so many minutes, he just seems to get better and better.”
Adam’s brother Andrew almost ran out of words to describe his younger sibling’s accomplishments Saturday.
“I don’t know what else to say about him,” said When he’s not here, our team’s not the same. He adds such a dimension to our offense when he is here, even though he’s a defenseman.”
Connetquot/Sayville was able to cut the 3-1 lead in half in the second period, but the elation didn’t last long as East Williston/Jericho retook its two-goal lead just 23 seconds later as Modica got the hat trick on a give and go with Adam Fox as the Wildcats went back up 4-2 into the second intermission.
“It was his best game of the season,” said Coach Turk. “Anthony is this strong solid player and you think he’s going to break out and have one of these dominant games, and he picks the championship to do it. He took this team on his back and they rode him like a bull.”
After Connetquot/Sayville cut the Wildcats lead yet again in the third, Bernot sealed the deal in the middle of the final frame on a penalty shot to give the Wildcats a 5-3 lead and eventually the win.
For Bernot, the senior, scoring the final goal of the final game of his high school hockey game was just the cherry on top.
“To go out as a senior with this game, the Nassau regular-season title, the Nassau championships and this. I can't ask for anything more than that and we're the No. 1 team now on Long Island."