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Knights Knock Off Sachem



Season Opening Win Streak Comes to An End.  

Jesse Lemza scored the Game Winning Goal on a breakaway with 5:16 remaining in the second stanza. Colin Caputo picked up his third win in four starts for the Knights. Caputo has posted a 3-0-1 record with an OTL loss in his first varsity campaign with Kings Park Commack. Michael DiGirolamo made his 5th start of the season for Sachem, but picked up the first loss of his Varsity career.

Tyler Granelli put the Knights on the board with 1:03 gone by in the first frame. Granelli buried a rebound off of a Stefan Hludzinski shot, with Nicolas Sattler being credited with the secondary assist on the play. KPC continued to press. Jesse Lemza came in 1 on 0, but he was stonewalled by DiGirolamo. Sachem tried to fire back, but Caputo kept them off the board for the first fifteen minutes. Through eight games this season, Kings Park Commack has given up just two goals in the first period. Both goals came against East Islip on October 9th. 

At the start of the second stanza, Sachem star Richard Bovich threaded the needle on a beautiful feed to Gregory Monthie. The Sachem power forward proceeded to fire a shot from the slot past the outstretched glove of Caputo. The game was tied at one apiece. Less than two minutes later, Hludzinski put KPC back in the lead. The Knights Captain stepped into a slapshot from beyond the blue line that beat DiGirolamo with 10:27 remaining in the period. Lemza went forehand, backhand on the breakaway to make it 3-1 in favor of Kings Park Commack. Thomas Konkowski cut the lead back to one a beautiful backhanded shot on a Sachem 2 on 1. One minute and one second later, Granelli forced a turnover at the Sachem blue line. He came in 2 on 1 and scored an unassisted goal which put the Knights up 4-2. Late in the second period, Konkowski was assessed a game misconduct for spearing. Less than a minute later, Sean Walsh was called for checking from behind. Walsh was given a game misconduct after committing his fourth penalty in less than thirty minutes. 

Ryan Furst scored a power play goal with 1:33 gone by in the final frame. Connor Cohen sealed the deal with an empty net goal in the final minutes of the third. It was the first SCHSHL goal of the KPC blue liner’s career. 

Scoring Summary

1st13:57Tyler Granelli (4)Stefan Hludzinski (3), Nicholas Sattler (3)Kings Park Commack
2nd12:07Gregory Monthie (6)Richard Bovich (6)Sachem
2nd10:27Stefan Hludzinski (7)Jesse Lemza (10)Kings Park Commack
2nd05:16Jesse Lemza (7) (GWG)Sean Richardson (2)Kings Park Commack
2nd04:15Thomas Konkowski (13)UnassistedSachem
2nd04:06Tyler Granelli (5)UnassistedKings Park Commack
3rd13:17Ryan Furst (2)UnassistedKings Park Commack
3rd01:55Connor Cohen (1)UnassistedKings Park Commack

Three Stars of the Game

StarPlayerStat LinePerformance Description
1stTyler Granelli2 GoalsScored the opening goal of the game as well as an unassisted insurance goal to put KPC up 4-2 late in the second period.
2ndJesse Lemza1 Goal, 1 AssistScored the Game Winning Goal for KPC while collecting a primary assist on Hludzinski’s goal.
3rdStefan Hludzinski1 Goal, 1 AssistThe KPC Captain got the primary assist on the first goal of the game, before scoring the second of six KPC goals on the night.

Upcoming Schedule

Knights Take on Lions With First Place on the Line.

After an upset overtime victory by Northport Huntington, KPC bounced back with a big win over a previously unbeaten Sachem squad. Kings Park Commack was ranked third in Week 7 of the LISN Power Rankings due to scoring concerns following last week’s loss. The Knights scored six times this week, while the Tigers were blanked by East Islip.

The West Islip Lions are two games below .500 after Monday’s loss to the Ward Melville Patriots. With the playoff race heating up as we approach the midway mark of the season, there is no margin for error. SCHSHL fans can expect an exciting matchup between the Knights and Lions on Monday November 13th at 8:10 PM.

Spearing Penalty Could Prove Costly

Sachem Captain Thomas Konkowski was assessed a game misconduct in the first loss of the season. He has thirteen goals, six assists and nineteen points this year. Konkowski is tied with Ciaran Pollard for second place in goals scored during the 2023-2024 Varsity campaign. He is ranked fourth in total points behind EI’s Thomas Ivers, Ryan Anatra and Carson Pepe. Sachem will square off against East Islip on Sunday November 19th at 7:50 PM.

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