I don’t remember seeing a really good team be so thoroughly dominated for a period.
White Plains needed a couple of minutes to get used to the intensity, but the Tigers had been going up and down the ice Suffern. A late penalty in the first was the beginning of the end. It was followed immediately by another early in the second, and so much energy was used trying anything to stay in the game, White Plains was dead tired the rest of the way.
There was nothing left to change the momentum.
“We just took too many penalties,” Tigers coach Howie Rubenstein said. “It’s a 1-1 game so guys were doing everything they could, but it takes a toll on you.”
The Mounties out-shot their guest 21-0 in the period.
“You could tell how tired they were,” Jake Jaeger said. “They don’t have the same depth we have. I mean, they have some great players, but those guys can’t play the whole game.”
There’s no doubt Suffern is looking to dent any confidence Mamaroneck and White Plains might take into the postseason.
“We definitely want to send a real strong message,” Jaeger said. “We want teams to be scared the next time they play us. We have so much depth and we like to wear teams down.”
I do have one issue with the folks at BOCES who assign the officials … I’m not saying a whistle or two had anything to do with the outcome, but when you see a marquee match-up how about sending a highly-regarded crew? Both teams had some legitimate complaints last night, and if that game would’ve been close there would be a string of nasty comments on the blog this morning.