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Thomas Ivers Is Him.



The East Islip star needs no introduction. Thomas Ivers, the league leader in assists and total points, put on a clinic on Wednesday night as the East Islip Chiefs cruised to an 8-3 victory over the Ward Melville Patriots. Cory McGovern picked up his third win of the campaign for the Chiefs. Robert Huhne made his fifth start of the season for the Patriots. The Chiefs moved to 9-1-2 on the campaign. The Patriots dropped to 3-8-1 on the season.

Thomas Ivers opened the scoring at 11:38 in the first period. The EI centerman intercepted a pass off the right wing wall, cut in and fired a shot on Huhne, then buried his own rebound. The Chiefs jumped out to a two goal lead off a goal from Anthony Pepe. The play began with Lawrence Lena finding Thomas Ivers beneath the goal line, who threaded the needle on a pass to Pepe who beat Huhne five hole on a wrist shot from the doorstep. The Patriots came roaring back with two goals in a span of one minute and two seconds. Mathew Dann beat McGovern on an off angle shot that went off the netminder and in at 6:01. Daniel Breslin scored a power play goal to tie the game at two. Lucas Scolaro was credited with the lone assist on the play. Thomas Ivers fired back with a power play goal at 1:35 in the first frame. It was a great individual effort by the EI center who came in one on three, used the defender as a screen, and fired a shot that beat Huhne five hole. East Islip led by one goal after fifteen minutes

The Chiefs took over in the second stanza. A point shot on the power play by Ivers was redirected past Huhne by Anthony Marazzito for the eventual game winning goal. At 7:58 in the frame, Anthony Pepe made a beautiful pass on the power play to set up an Anthony Marazitto one timer that gave the Chiefs a two goal lead.

At 10:58 in the third frame, Peter Marazzito scored his first career varsity goal from the backdoor after a beautiful cross crease feed by Tierney Recenello who garnered his first varsity point on the play. Bryan Slattery made it 7-2 on a bar down shot that beat Huhne blocker side high. The Patriots fired back on a power play goal at 5:43 in the third period. Daniel Breslin went coast to coast on the play, fired a shot that was deflected by the stick of Slattery, gathered the loose puck beneath the Chiefs goal line, and made a nice pass to a wide open Aidan Ayers who beat McGovern short side. Just over a minute later, EI fired back to make it 8-3. Luke LaFata got the zone entry, waited for Anthony Pepe to slip past the Patriots defense, and threaded the needle on a pass which led to a backhanded shot from below the hashmarks by Pepe that beat Huhne.

Thomas Ivers scored twice and garnered three assists on the first five goals of the game for EI. The kid from JV, Tierney Recenello and Peter Marazzito, impressed in what was each players second career varsity contest. Peter is the younger brother of EI star Anthony Marazzito. The Patriots kept the game close early, but were unable to contain the high octane Chiefs offense. Aidan Ayers and Lucas Scolaro continue to impress for the Patriots. Daniel Breslin continues to show why he is one of the best defenseman in the SCHSHL. Ward Melville continues to look the part of a team that can go toe-to-toe with top flight competition, but Chiefs came ready to play after the Patriots fought the Knights to a draw last Wednesday.

Scoring Summary

PeriodTimeGoal Scorer (Team)Assist(s)Goal Type
1st11:38Thomas Ivers (East Islip)Unassisted
1st07:16Anthony Pepe (East Islip)Thomas Ivers, Lawrence Lena
1st06:01Matthew Dann (Ward Melville)Jake Mangano
1st04:59Daniel Breslin (Ward Melville)Lucas ScolaroPower Play Goal
1st01:35Thomas Ivers (East Islip)Anthony Marazzito, Bryan SlatteryPower Play Goal,
2nd11:19Anthony Marazzito (East Islip)Thomas Ivers, Bryan SlatteryPower Play Goal, Game Winning Goal
2nd07:58Anthony Marazzito (East Islip)Thomas Ivers, Anthony PepePower Play Goal
3rd10:58Peter Marazzito (East Islip)Tierny Recenello, Evan LaFata
3rd08:34Bryan Slattery (East Islip)Luke LaFata
3rd05:43Aidan Ayers (Ward Melville)Daniel BreslinPower Play Goal
3rd04:30Anthony Pepe (East Islip)Luke LaFata

Three Stars of the Game

StarPlayer (Team)Stat LinePerformance Summary
1stThomas Ivers (East Islip)2 Goals, 3 AssistsIvers had a hand in each of EI’s first five goals and played big minutes in all situations.
2ndBryan Slattery (East Islip)1 Goal, 2 AssistsThe EI blue liner continues to make difficult plays look routine with one goal and two assists on the night.
3rdPeter Marazzito (East Islip)1 GoalThe younger Marazzito plays with the same pace as his older brother and was rewarded with what is presumably the first of many goals at the varsity level.
Upcoming Schedule

Battle For The Top Spot

The East Islip Chiefs are back in action against the Kings Park Commack Knights on Wednesday, December 13th at 9:20 PM. In their first meeting of the season, EI fended off a third period comeback to force overtime in a 6-6 tie against KPC.

The Need For Points

The Ward Melville Patriots will square off with the Connetqout Sayville BBP T-Birds on Sunday, December 17th at 7:50 PM. The T-Birds won round one against the Patriots in an 8-6 barnburner on October 15th. The Patriots will need to start racking up points in the standings to secure a post-season berth.

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