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Smithtown East’s 11-10 win over previously unbeaten Smithtown West wasn’t the only dramatic game in Suffolk County (NY) on Thursday. Following a takeaway by Mike Aronow, Sean O’Brien’s goal, off a feed from Joe Caridi, gave Sachem North an 8-7 overtime win over defending NY Class A champion Ward Melville.
It marked the first time Sachem North ever beat Ward Melville. On May 30, 2001, WM fell to Sachem High School 7-6. In 2003, Sachem split into Sachem North and Sachem East high schools.
O’Brien had forced OT by scoring off a feed from Jimmy Hoffman with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Tom Haun had three goals and one assist for the Flaming Arrows (9-3). Dan Bucaro led WM (8-5) with two goals and three assists. Jake McCulloch had two goals. Patriots goalie Thomas Moore finished with 16 saves.
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