Clarkstown North scored as time expired in the first period. Mahopac scored in the first minute, and made it 2-0 before five minutes had passed, much like their last meeting with Clarkstown North.
North won…working on my story for the paper…back later…
OK, Matt Willows had a hat trick in this one.Ã‚Â He played great. I’d say the real key was taking advantage of mistakes and opportunities.Ã‚Â Mahopac was doing that early on, scoring their first goal on an intercepted pass in the Rams’ zone, then getting the next on a heads up play by Fitchett, getting his stick on the puck as a shot by Randy Ciciola seemed to be going wide.
Jake Shuman scored on a power play for Clarkstown North as time expired in the first period. They had a face-off in Mahopac’s zone with 3.2 seconds left and he was able to finish it in time.
Early in the second period, Clarkstown North had two men in the box at the same time for over a minute.Ã‚Â Mahopac couldn’t do anything with the 5-on-3.Ã‚Â Then the Rams got two more power play goals to go ahead 3-2.
Things got chippy.Ã‚Â 24 total penalties.Ã‚Â One Mahopac player got DQ’d, and there were some misconduct and unsportsmanlike penalties. Ã‚Â Section 1 coordinator John Orlando happened to be at the game and commented to me, “Some of these kids are lucky it’s not Monday,” referring to theÃ‚Â stricter regulationsÃ‚Â that go into effect at the beginning of next week.
Now, please, no comments on the blog claiming that one team was thugging it up and the other was a group of perfect angels. It went both ways.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Both coaches talked to me about the penalties, and neither oneÃ‚Â went blaming the other team, so the fans should follow suit.
One thing is for certain, as Clarkstown North coach Dave Lynch said, “This is turning into a real rivalry game.” When it’s clean, it is a genuinely good rivalry.