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In their second meeting of the 2023-2024 NYIHSHL Varsity campaign, the Half Hollow Hills Hornets (5-3-1) defeated the Massapequa Chiefs (3-5) by a final score of 2-0. Luke Guttman recorded a fourteen save shutout in his second win of the season for the Hornets. Connor Coyle made twenty-four stops, but was unable to will the Chiefs to victory. 

The Hornets came out firing on all cylinders, but Connor Coyle made a couple key saves to keep the game tied in the first five minutes of the period. The Chiefs tried to answer back, but the Hornets did a good job of denying zone entries in the first period. Hills netminder Luke Guttman stopped all five shots he faced in the first period while demonstrating impressive rebound control. A holding call that went against Massapequa blue liner James Wolf put Half Hollow Hills on the power play with 12:22 gone by in the opening frame. The Hornets couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage.

At the start of the second stanza, the Hornets continued to push the pace. Coyle turned made a series of clutch saves to keep the game tied. A roughing call that went against Half Hollow Hills forward Jesse Santagelo put Massapequa on the power play with 7:41 gone by in the period. The Chiefs couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage.

Hornets forward Jett Lucas drew a tripping minor that went against Massapequa defenseman Billy Sciurba and put the Hornets on the man advantage with 9:38 gone by in the third frame. Jonathan Wheeler netted the eventual game winner on the power play with 11:10 gone by in the frame. Jett Lucas was called for tripping with 13:20 gone by in the period and Massapequa went on the power play. After the Chiefs pulled Coyle in favor of an extra attacker, Petey Menexas potted an empty netter to seal the deal for the Hornets.

Scoring Summary

PeriodTimeGoal Scorer (Team)Assist(s)Goal Type
3rd11:10Jonathan Wheeler (Massapequa)Brandon ReaderPower Play Goal (PPG), Game Winning Goal (GWG)
3rd14:57Peter Menexas (Massapequa)Short Handed Goal (SHG), Empty Net Goal (ENG)

Three Stars of the Game

StarPlayer (Team)Stat LinePerformance Summary
1stJonathan Wheeler (Massapequa)1 Goal (PPG/GWG)The fifteen-year-old phenom scored the game winner on the power play.
2ndPeter Menexas (Massapequa)1 Goal (SHG/EN)The Hills star capped off an impressive two-way performance by potting the empty netter on the PK.
3rdLuke Guttman (Massapequa)Win, Shutout, 14 savesBackstopped his squad to a shutout victory in another impressive performance.
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