---The Makos thrilled their followers of parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters with a decisive win over the Cantiague Phantoms before a noisy crowd at the Nassau Coliseum, 6-3. The win was the climax of a fabulous run by the Makos in the last week that produced victories over Superior, Port Washington, Long Beach and finally Cantiague. Johnny put the Makos up 1-0 less than ten seconds into the game and the Makos never looked back. Johnny would go on to score a hat trick. Other scorers were Joey, Troy and Ben.
Brandon was outstanding in goal for the Makos, especially in the third period when Cantiague made their bid to get back in the game. Cantiague was on the attack most of the third period, which was spent almost entirely in the Makos defensive zone. The Mako defense was also great. It bent a few times, but it never really broke. Coaches Mike and Rob did an outstanding job in the third period making frequent substitutions keeping fresh legs out there. It was a sight to behold at the final buzzer as the entire team rushed off the bench to the net and literally buried Brandon and each other.
So the Makos who went into the tournament classified as The Rinx 2 team, a wildcard team so to speak, are the champions of the Squirt Division of the The New York Islanders Lighthouse Tournament. They are the number one Squirt Division team in all of Long Island. How about those apples? The team got better with each game and you could see the confidence and swagger building the last two games against two highly rated teams. Congratulations to the team, its coaches, The Rinx, and especially the families and friends of the team. It's going to be a treat to see the Lighthouse Trophy at The Rinx. Let's Go Makos!