It was a busy weekend, so I know quite a few elite players who are looking forward to a quick breather. A handful of players I watched last night at the Icebreaker tournament in Brewster were playing their fifth game in three days. The legs were starting to wobble.
The high school season kind of crawls along this week with a game or three each day. It’s a product of the 20-game schedule. Most teams keep the early schedule light and will use this time for practice. They pick up the pace in January, hoping to get into a rhythm when it really matters.
I will be headed for Murray’s this evening to get a look at Pearl River and Scarsdale.
The Raiders are on the short list of contenders in Division I this season. Expectations are very high because there is proven talent in the lineup and increased depth behind standouts like James Nicholas, Devon Schell, Matthew Blakely and Rob Burns.
I’m thinking we’re going to see them celebrate a win, but I’m not willing to cast Pearl River completely aside.
The Pirates went 6-3-1 in the second half last season. Scarsdale did beat them 4-3 in that stretch … in overtime. Make a mistake against players like Max McGee, Kevin Murphy, Connor McMorrow and Patrick Burns and they will convert in a hurry.
Follow me @LohudHockey for the updates, and keep us posted if you’re headed to Flushing to watch Stepinac or Iona.
Stepinac vs. St. Francis Prep, 5:30 p.m.
Pearl River vs. Scarsdale, 6:55 p.m. at Murray’s
Iona Prep vs. Holy Cross, 7 p.m. at Flushing
Brewster Ice Arena Thanksgiving Icebreaker Tournament
Pawling 6, Brewster 3
Mahopac 5, Hen Hud 2
Byram Hills 4, Fox Lane 1
Carmel 10, Kennedy 5
White Plains Tigers Thanksgiving Tournament
White Plains 9, Harvey 3
Greeley 1, Monroe-Woodbury 1 OT
Stepinac 3, Sleepy Hollow/Irvington/Dobbs Ferry 2
Clarkstown 9, ETB 1
North Rockland 4, Mount Pleasant 3 OT
Austin Johnson had four goals in Pawling’s 6-3 win over Brewster in the Orlando Division title game at the BIA Icebreaker Tournament. Sean Henderson finished with two goals and one assist for the Bears. … White Plains closed out its annual Thanksgiving tournament with a 9-3 win over Harvey, getting four goals from Phil Variano. … Michael Yablon scored the lone goal for Greeley in the first period of a 1-1 tie against Monroe-Woodbury at the White Plains tournament. Nicholas Bright had 27 saves for the Quakers. … Stepinac got two goals and an assist from Wyatt Zuk in a 3-2 comeback win over Sleepy Hollow/Irvington/Dobbs Ferry in the White Plains tournament.