It’s a busy time for John Jay coach Alex Smith, who finished up some of the paperwork that comes with a lengthy postseason run before joining his team at Brewster Ice Arena on Wednesday afternoon for practice.
There is hardly a hockey-free moment.
While the Indians were on the way home from Lake George last Saturday following a 4-2 win over Queensbury in a NYSPHSAA regional final, Smith kept vigil over his smartphone. He was getting updates from Terry Conners Rink in Stamford where his son, Liam, was playing for a FCIAC title with Ridgefield High School.
The sophomore forward had two goals in a 5-4 win over St. Joseph’s of Trumbull.
“We were riding home on the bus and I was getting texts about how the team was doing,” Smith said. “There was about a minute and 40 left when I got my last text from my daughter, and then 10 minutes went by. I was like, ‘What’s happened?’ ”
In order to reach the championship game, the Tigers had to go to overtime before taking down top-seeded Darien.
John Jay had practice after school on Wednesday, and Ridgefield was back on the ice for the first round of the CIAC tournament. Liam scored another goal in a 6-1 win over Greenwich. And yes, the next round is Saturday while the Indians are up in Utica competing for the right to play for a New York State title.
The cell phones will be fully charged beforehand.