I do this after the championship games are in the books each season because I feel bad that hockey doesn’t recognize an individual effort like most of the other sports do. The kids who come up big under this kind of pressure deserve a shout. And it’s no secret that I favor the normally unsung heroes, so with that in mind …
Division 1 Player of the Game
Tom Brennan, Jr. D (Suffern): Mamaroneck had a chokehold on the momentum after playing a terrific second period, but Brennan made a couple of emphatic hits to keep the Mounties on the puck and liven up the crowd in a wild third period. He also got the puck moving when Nick Jaeger knotted the score in the final minute, and sent the shot in that Mike Redgate deflected in overtime.
Division 2 Player of the Game
Lucas Prestamo, Fr. F (John Jay): Rye was looking to make something happen with the game’s first power play when Prestamo went sliding across the ice on his belly and blocked a shot with his face mask. He had the presence of mind to push the puck down the ice. Prestamo was strong on the puck the whole game, finishing with a goal and three assists.