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Kelly Scores Twice To Put Eagles One Win Away



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The captain, Jake Kelly, scored twice to lift the Bethpage Eagles to a 4-1 victory over the Bellmore-Merrick Bulldogs in Game One of the NYIHSHL Championship. Junior Marko Lisica scored the eventual game winner on the power play. Nick Morolla sealed the deal with an empty netter for the Eagles. Senior Matteo Bellise made 23 stops on 24 shots against for the Eagles. Junior Joey Braglia made 21 stops on 24 shots against for the Bulldogs. 

Senior Jake Kelly scored the go-ahead goal for the Eagles with 5:33 remaining in the opening frame. Kelly cashed in on a shot that beat Braglia far side after a rebound popped out in the slot. 

Marko Lisica scored his first goal of the playoffs on the power play just 42 seconds into the 2nd period. Tyler Wodicka made a pass from beneath the goal line to Lisica who sniped top shelf on a shot from the slot. Nico Buglione found the back of the net to make it 2-1 with 27 seconds remaining. Junior Nick Drogan made a centering pass to Buglione who rifled one past Bellise for the lone Bellmore-Merrick goal of the game. 

Jake Kelly lit the lamp for his second of the night with 11:41 remaining in the 3rd period to put the Eagles back up by two. Kelly fired it into a wide open net on a 2 on 1 after receiving a cross ice feed from Senior Stavros Likourentzos. Nick Morolla sealed the deal with an empty netter with 1:04 left in regulation. Morolla fired the shot from beneath the hash mark’s in the far side corner of his own zone. 

StarPlayer (Team)Stat LinePerformance Summary
1stJake Kelly (Eagles)Two Goals Kelly scored twice in an impressive two way performance for the Blue Liner
2ndMarko Lisica (Eagles)Game WinnerLisica scored the game winner on a night where the best player in the NYIHSHL tilted the ice in the
3rdNick Morolla (Eagles)Empty Netter, Two AssistMorolla scored an impressive empty net goal and tallied two assists in a strong outing for the Junior forward
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