No. 8 Clarkstown (10-9) vs. No. 9 Kennedy/Putnam Valley/Haldane (11-8-1)
Palisades Center Ice Rink
Keep an eye on: Mike Gillespie is averaging nearly two goals per game for Clarkstown.
Scouting report: The Mallers can run four lines against most opponents and seem to have the offense up and running again after dealing with a string of injuries and suspensions. That’s important because they have some goalie issues. KPVH has some talent, but will need Joey Molfetta to have a memorable outing between the pipes. Kennedy is leaning toward joining the CHSAA next season, and this could very well be the program’s final game in Section 1.
Prediction: Clarkstown 5, Kennedy/Putnam Valley/Haldane 2.
Looking ahead: Winner plays Suffern
No. 4 White Plains (13-6-1) vs. No. 13 Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bronxville (8-12)
Brewster Ice Arena
Keep an eye on: Kevin McGee is a threat each time he skates into the offensive zone with the puck.
Scouting report: It’s been nearly a month since White Plains last defeated a winning team, but that’s not a concern because the Eagles struggled all season after playing for the Division 1 championship a year ago. The Tigers won the first meeting of the season 6-2. ETB has some firepower on the first line, but will struggle to get through a defensive-minded opponent.
Prediction: White Plains 6, ETB 1
Looking ahead: Winner plays Carmel or New Rochelle.
No. 5 New Rochelle (12-6-2) vs. No. 12 Carmel (5-10-3)
Keep an eye on: Chris Ramondelli is the leading goal scorer in Section 1
Scouting report: New Rochelle is almost off the radar, and the Huguenots probably aren’t unhappy about that development. They like sneaking up on top seeds and remain a dangerous offensive team. Carmel had an early-season tie against Somers/North Salem, but has not beaten a winning team all season. Scoring is sometimes an issue for the Rams, who are going to have to keep the lanes clear so Gray Barns can see what’s coming his way.
Prediction: New Rochelle 9, Carmel 2
Looking ahead: Winner plays White Plains or ETB.
No. 7 Lakeland/Panas (12-7-1) vs. No. 10 Nyack/Tappan Zee (11-7-1)
Looking ahead: Lakeland/Panas plays Somers/North Salem.
No. 3 Mamaroneck (13-7) vs. No. 14 North Rockland (6-13-1)
Keep an eye on: Teddy Bellis is the hyperactive forward that energizes the Mamaroneck offense.
Scouting report: The Tigers are 8-2 since the New Year and have played in six games decided by a single goal in that span. Pressure seems to inspire this group. Trey Herlitz-Ferguson, Peter Conley and Bellis have all been reliable scorers and are difficult matchups for different reasons. North Rockland has improved a great deal since the first month of the season, too, and can be a royal pain to score on. The issues are all in the offensive zone.
Prediction: Mamaroneck 7, North Rockland 2
Looking ahead: The winner plays Mahopac or RTH.
No. 6 RyeTown/Harrison (10-7-2) vs. No. 11 Mahopac (9-11)
Keep an eye on: Brian Ketchabaw ranks among the goalies capable of stealing a game, and he’s made good on that potential a number of times for RyeTown.
Scouting report: The Titans only have four seniors on the roster, and sometimes plays like a young team. RTH scored just seven goals in the last four games of the regular season, but there have been some impressive upsets along the way. Wins over Rye and Greeley late in the season opened some eyes. Mahopac has not been living up to expectations, but is a dangerous team when everything falls into place.
Prediction: Mahopac 3, RTH 2 OT
Looking ahead: The winner plays Mamaroneck or North Rockland.