Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bronxville hadn’t played a game in 23 days, so maybe it needed some time to wake up in tonight’s game against White Plains. But after two scoreless periods, the Eagles erupted for five goals in the third (including the empty-netter) and won 5-3 at the Ice Hutch. Alex Hagen completed his hat trick (and made me look good for picking them) by scoring the winning goal with 1:30 left. Steve McCarrick scored twice for the Tigers.
That was the only score we had reported to us, but the comments section had Iona Prep over Harvey 8-3 and Scarsdale over Pearl River 4-2. No word yet on Somers/NS-Carmel.
Now we’re about to embark on a great three days in hockey, headlined by Pelham-Rye Tuesday, Suffern-Mamaroneck Wednesday and Iona Prep-Stepinac on Thursday. All are rematches from last year’s final, and in every case the challenger is ahead of the defending champ in the standings. I’ll be at the Ice Hutch tonight and Hommocks on Wednesday, and while they need me in the office Thursday, Sam Weinman will be filling in at Murrays.
Rye is historically a slow starter but a strong finisher, and they’ve had 2 1/2 weeks to work on line combinations and fixing the kinks from a 3-6 start. So unlike the voters in the poll, I don’t Pelham think is an overwhelming favorite. Still, the Pelicans’ powerful first line hasn’t been stopped except against Suffern, and with solid defense and goaltending, I give Pelham the edge in a close game. What does everyone else think?
We have two more games tomorrow — Clarkstown North-Mount Pleasant and Mamaroneck-Rye Town/Harrison. Mamaroneck has done a good job not looking ahead when they have a big game the next day (i.e. 5-0 over Mahopac Friday), while Clarkstown North has done a good job of jumping on everyone, period (including 13-3 over Mt. P on Dec. 20). I expect the same tomorrow, though RTH is poised for a big game at some point.