No. 1 John Jay (19-1-1) vs. No. 4 Pelham (12-5-2)
Brewster Ice Arena
Scorers: John Jay – Shawn Smith (34G, 10A), Frazier Bostwick (21G, 17A); Pelham – Will Cullen (15G, 10A); Andrew Schauer (13G, 9A).
Stoppers: John Jay – Mark Leprine, Jack Wertz, Anthony Scapperotti; Pelham – Cullen, Hunter Lambdin.
Netminders: John Jay – Matt Lanza (92 percent); Pelham – Matt DeYoung (85 percent).
Scouting report: The Indians are deeper on defense than any team in the Section 1 and have plenty of size to match up with Schauer. … Lanza has only given up nine goals in his last seven starts. … John Jay has only given up 34 goals and is 17-0 when giving up three goals or less. … Scapperotti and Leprine will initiate the offense and have combined for 26 assists. … Schauer has eight goals and six assists in six games since returning from a concussion. … The Pelicans are looking to capture a third straight Division 2 title despite graduating eight seniors from last year’s state final four team. … David Morgan is Pelham’s third-leading scorer with just nine goals. … The Pelicans are 6-1 in one-goal games.
Prediction: John Jay 3, Pelham 2
No. 2 Rye (16-4-1) vs. No. 3 Greeley (15-3-2)
Hommocks Park Ice Rink
Scorers: Rye – Cal Hynson (14G, 21A), Connor McGovern (14G, 5A); Greeley – Scott Jakubowicz (17G, 16A), Sam Mishkind (19G, 7A).
Stoppers: Rye – Jason Chin, Max Bresolin; Greeley – Owen Gatto, Blake Davis.
Netminders: Rye – Aidan Talgo (92 percent); Greeley – Neil Hershman (87 percent).
Scouting report: Michael Benincasa, the leading scoring threat for Rye has been out since Jan. 12 with a back injury. … The Garnets have given up 17 goals in their last 11 games. … Chin will initiate the offense from the point when the opportunity arises and has 18 assists. … Rye is looking to make its sixth Division 2 final in seven years. … A highly-anticipated Jan. 5 meeting between the schools resulted in a 2-2 tie, but the Benincasa goal that knotted the score in the final minute clearly did not go in. … Nick Girardi, who is one of the three seniors on the roster, is the Quakers’ leader in all things intangible. He also has 24 assists. … Greeley was 0-18 three years ago. … Hershman has not allowed any of the last four opponents to score more than two goals. … The Quakers have score 116 goals this season and have five players with at least 10 assists so the puck movement is usually impressive.
Prediction: Rye 5, Greeley 3