My game story was all ready to go with about 10 minutes to play last night, when Rye spoiled my premise. I was going to write about how patient Mamaroneck was, how the stars of the game were all playing at the blue line or rushing back to help. And then Nick Rosenfeld cut the deficit in half with a pretty goal.
I started to worry.
The delete button was busy after Peter Conley, Sam Christiansen and Nick Plett landing in the penalty box within 57 seconds of each other. I had to start over five minutes before deadline when Matt Moran pushed in a rebound. The problem was, I couldn’t lean either way because Mamaroneck still had some time to kill.
Scott Hagan, though, cut me a break. Dean Chapparelli got a hold of the puck and pushed it forward. Hagan came in with a nifty move, deked Aaron Rix and flipped in the game-winner.
Here’s what I was impressed with, the Tigers have been in a hurry to make something happen all year. Rye doesn’t let teams make something happen and isn’t rattled when playing from behind. Mamaroneck had to stay calm and create scoring chances. My concerns? The Garnets got two shots on goal during their first three power plays. And while the Tigers have been able to come up with some dramatic goals, they cannot be letting close games slip away this late in the season.