WHITE PLAINS — After stopping just long enough to exhale in the final minutes of an overtime brimming with tension, Mamaroneck headed straight for the net.
John Wojciechowski picked out a prime spot in front and waited.
The puck eventually found the sophomore forward with 1:58 to play in overtime, and he lifted it over the leg of White Plains goalie Chris Stangarone, giving Mamaroneck an uplifting 5-4 win on Thursday at Ebersole Ice Rink.
It was a fast and physical game.
White Plains was on the power play seconds before the abrupt ending and was completely frustrated when three quality shots narrowly missed before Mamaroneck got to the puck and Brian Schiff got in deep to set up the winner.
“Brian came down, great play, wheeled around, and lost it a little bit,” Wojciechowski said. “He recovered to (Alex) Ewald, who made a nice pass to me. I pulled it in backhand-forehand, then just got lucky, got it right over the pad.”
White Plains (6-1) was rightly stunned.
“If any of those chances go in, it’s a win,” head coach Howie Rubenstein said. “It’s tough, but what bothers me the most is we had two leads in the third period and let them back into the game. You have to give them credit, the kept coming at us.”
Mamaroneck (3-2) is a young team with four sophomores and two freshmen getting heavy minutes up front. They are growing up in a hurry.
Phil Variano was falling to the ice when he scored his second goal of the game with 13:49 to play in regulation, giving White Plains a 3-2 edge. The answer came three minutes later from sophomore Will Arbo. Matt Conroy came in on a breakaway and made it 4-3 for the host with 9:30 to play in the third. It was tied up again when freshman Matthew DiCicco scored a short time later.
“The sophomore class, they’ve played together and won together at lower levels, but we’re really coming together as a team,” said Schiff, a senior defenseman. “We’re building confidence. We’re starting to play the right way, play a real physical, hard game, and we’re seeing the results on the ice, which is nice.”