How do I put this politely?
Let’s go with a video game analogy. I’m assuming the Xbox generation has played Frogger at least once online. Now imagine the little green amphibian dodging heavy traffic in an Iona Prep sweater.
That was pretty much the story here.
Suffern was relentless and simply overwhelmed the Gaels, posting an 8-1 win on Saturday at Sport-O-Rama. The matchup was supposed to give us an idea where both teams stood.
I have more questions now than ever.
“We’re still developing, still finding ourselves and getting comfortable with each other,” said John Redgate, who finished with two goals and one assist. “We still have a long way to go.”
It was 3-0 before Iona realized it was looking for change-ups in a fastball league, which is a way of saying the Gaels are not used to playing at this speed.
The Mounties (2-0) went in front on an Ian Adler goal, and then Greg Dgheim struck twice. It was still a game. Redgate stole whatever hope remained when he scored twice in 20 seconds in the final minutes of the first period.
“In the third period, when everything slowed down because they were playing their fourth and fifth lines, we could finally see how things were supposed to work,” Iona Prep coach Mike Bonelli said. “We don’t see that kind of speed every week. And that’s why they’re able to jump on teams so early.”
Adler, Willie Sanchez and Steve Scholer made it 8-0 five minutes into the second period before they headed for the bench to watch the rest of the proceedings.
It seems like this Suffern team is a little quicker to the puck, and I’m thinking it’s because this group doesn’t have as much natural talent as last year’s team. My theory is these guys know they can’t sit back and rely on ability.
Hey, it’s just a thought.
“I think it’s because of the new guys stepping up,” Redgate said. “We’re all working our tails off, but I do think we’re pushing a little harder.”
Or maybe the Gaels were just slow.
Mounties coach Rob Schelling kind of shot down the notion that this team possesses less natural ability.
“Obviously, the big names are gone, but other kids are stepping up like they do each season” he said.
We’re going to find out more about Suffern next weekend at the West Genesee tournament. First up is Fairport, then it’s Massena or the host school.
“It will tell us more,” Schelling said. “It always helps to go up there. West Genesee is a statewide name and they always get top-notch teams in that event. Right now is a good time for us to go up and bond as a team and play good upstate competition.”
Iona Prep: Kieran O’Meara 1 goal; David Ceravino 1 assists; Rob Dillon 1 assist.
Suffern: Greg Dgheim 2 goals, 2 assists; John Redgate 2 goals, 1 assist; Ian Adler 2 goals; Willie Sanchez 1 goal; Steve Scholer 1 goal; Robert Clark 1 assist; Kevin Hill 2 assists; Tyler Stark 1 assist.