The Wantagh/Seaford hockey team definitively showed why it never can be counted out, rebounding from an ugly Game 1 loss to beat No. 1 Long Beach, 4-1, in Game 2 of the Michelino Division hockey playoffs Sunday at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center.
The teams will play the deciding game of the best-of-three series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdayat the Oyster Bay rink.
This postseason has been about overcoming adversity for No. 3 seed Wantagh/Seaford. It beat No. 6 Lynbrook in the quarterfinals despite having neither of its regular goalies and using a forward to man the net. It defeated No. 2 Massapequa in a wild game in which Wantagh/Seaford crawled back from a two-goal deficit.
Mickey Wallace had two goals and an assist and Jordan Aro had a goal and an assist for Wantagh/Seaford (15-5-3).
"If you can call a 16- or 17-year-old kid a veteran, this is a team filled with veterans," said coach Bob Kempner, whose team has won three straight county titles. "These kids stuck to a game plan. They frustrated the other team; they kept it close. They're veterans."
After Long Beach (18-1-3) won Game 1, 8-1, Game 2 was scheduled to be held at Long Beach Arena on Friday, but snow pushed the date back.
Aro broke through the Long Beach defense, which had allowed only 30 goals in the regular season and first two playoff games combined, with 19 seconds left in the first period.
"It's very important to set that early tone against a team like this," Aro said.
Wallace scored on an assist from Andrew Friedman with 3:29 left in the second period to give Wantagh/Seaford a 2-0 edge.
J.T. Forkin scored with 4:57 left in the third to draw Long Beach within a goal, but Keith DeGeorge and Wallace scored to provide the final margin.
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