Just like in Division I, this round is where the No. 1 seed really comes in handy. I see Rye handling Brewster, but Ossining giving Pelham all kinds of problems. What do you think?
No. 1 Rye (13-10) vs. No. 4 Brewster (10-12-2), 11:45 a.m. at Playland: Brewster is 6-4-1 after a tough start, which includes some nice wins over League 2 competition, and is now in the semifinals for the first time in seven years. But they haven’t faced a team like Rye yet. Brewster’s wins this year were RTH, Carmel, Mt. P, Yorktown (twice), ETB, and Scarsdale (twice). What do they all have in common? None of them won a playoff game. Brewster gets its third-leading scorer back from suspension to complement the high-powered duo of Mike Miller and Ian Fleming, and I think that’ll be enough to get something past goalie Matt Benincasa. But Brewster gave up a lot of odd-man rushes against Yorktown, and that will prove fatal against the Garnets. Rye gets scoring from all three lines and gets within one game of a third straight title. Rye 4-1.
No. 2 Pelham (15-10) vs. No. 6 Ossining (20-2-2), 5 p.m. at Ice Hutch: Ossining hasn’t given up more than three goals all year — not to Mamaroneck, Sleepy Hollow/Irvington, Somers/North Salem, Pawling, New Rochelle, etc.. Pelham has scored 27 goals in its last four games, which includes five each against DI semifinalists Mahopac and White Plains. Within this great offense-defense matchup is an individual battle between Marc Flory, who continued his unbelievable run with a season-high five goals against Somers/North Salem (he now has six straight multi-goal games), and Scott Miele, one of the section’s top defensemen who shut down Joe Marasco when I saw the team play Somers/North Salem at WSA. I think Ossining’s close loss to Mamaroneck should give them confidence, and they are riding high after reaching the semifinals for the first time in seven years, but the Pelham seniors are on a mission to get back to Glens Falls and Ossining isn’t stopping them. Pelham 3-2.