The chants started even before the opening faceoff.
John Jay filled the stands and the student section was up screaming, ‘This is our house,’ most of the game. And the No. 1 seeded Indians backed them up posting a 5-1 win over Rye in the Section 1 Division 2 championship game Sunday at Brewster Ice Arena. It was the first hockey title in the school’s history.
Pelham and Rye had won every sectional crown since 2004.
The Garnets were in control early, but John Tobin snuck in with 120 to go in the opening period got John Jay on the board first. Sean Smith made it 2-0 with a power-play goal off a pretty setup from Lucas Prestamo. Rye came right back with a power play goal of its own, and Danny Sullivan made it a 2-1 game with 11 to go in the second.
It stayed that was for the rest of the period.
The Indians came out strong in the third and went in front 3-1 with 6:46 left to play when Mark Leprine whistled a shot from between the circles in. Aidan Talgo was completely screened. Prestamo and Leprine added insurance down the stretch.