No. 1 Pelham (16-3-1) bye
No. 8 Mount Pleasant (12-6-2) vs. No. 9 Pawling (12-7-1), 9 p.m. at Westchester Skating Academy
Players to watch: Ice Cats: Joe Mastro (17G 15A), Oscar Marchi (13G 8A); Tigers – Taylor Folchetti (21G 13A), Austin Johnson (22G 13A).
Outlook: Mount Pleasant has quietly produced 105 goals this season, which ranks the squad up with the likes of Pelham and Pearl River. And the defense has been pretty solid, too. The Ice Cats have produced quality moments in a win over Greeley and ties with Rye and White Plains, so there is potential here. Pawling was rolling early on, but lost momentum with the schedule got more difficult in the final weeks.
Prediction: Mount Pleasant 4, Pawling 3
No. 4 Somers/North Salem (14-5-1) vs. No. 13 Yorktown (7-12-1), 6 p.m. at Brewster Ice Arena
Players to watch: Sabers – Wilson McLoy (13G 16A), Noah Hale (15G 12A), Aidan Quaglino (2.38 GAA); Huskers – Tyler Proscia (22G 20A), Liam Donnelly (10G 27A), Adam Greene (11G 13A).
Outlook: They’ve already had three battles this season, and Somers/North Salem won each game. Two of the contests were decided by a goal. Yorktown has too much firepower not to be in games. The key is goal-tending. When the Huskers stop a couple of big shots, they compete harder. The Sabers have perhaps the most underrated group of defensemen and have only given up 48 goals.
Prediction: Somers/North Salem 4, Yorktown 2
No. 5 Greeley (11-7-2) vs. No. 12 Brewster (8-10-2), 4 p.m. at Brewster Ice Arena
Players to watch: Quakers – Scott Jakubowicz (21G 15A), Matt Zandi (12G 14A), Sam Mishkind (20G 16A), Owen Gatto (3G 17A); Bears – Sean Henderson (37G 21A), Aaron Treiling (11A).
Outlook: Greeley has way too much talent and depth for Brewster. Finding the proper attitude has been a season-long battle for the Quakers and they must come out and score quickly. Henderson is going to get special attention, but he’s used to it. What the Bears need to say in the game are three or four surprise goals and some memorable moments in net by Luc Genovesi.
Prediction: Greeley 7, Brewster 2.
No. 2 Pearl River (15-3-1) vs. No. 15 ETB (5-13-1), 7:30 p.m. at SOR
Players to watch: Pirates – Kevin Murphy (24G 28A), Max McGee (23G 19A), Connor McMorrow (10G 14A), Sam Coughlin (1.91 GAA); ETB – Chris Hagen (17G, 12A), Will Hutchinson (12G 10A).
Outlook: There’s a new kind of pressure on Pearl River, which is now expected to make a deep run in the playoffs. All season long, the Pirates have played loose, the key is continuing that approach. The Eagles will be facing a top offensive unit and have to play a very patient game, capitalizing on a handful of scoring chances.
Prediction: Pearl River 6, ETB 3.
No. 7 Hen Hud (13-7) vs. No. 10 Rye (9-9-2), 7 p.m. at Brewster Ice Arena
Players to watch: Sailors – Robbie Albano (12G 12A), Brett Malinowski (25G 22A), Michael Ciofalo (2.94 GAA); Garnets – Cal Hynson (12G 17A), Connor McGovern (15G 11A), Nat Deen (2.97 GAA).
Outlook: Hen Hud proved all season long that it was capable of winning close games against good competition. Rye has struggled to put the puck in the net, but is playing with renewed confidence after beating John Jay in the regular-season finale. This could be a nail-biter. If there’s one advantage the Garnets have, it’s depth.
Prediction: Rye 3, Hen Hud 2.
No. 3 John Jay (16-4) vs. No. 14 Carmel (7-12-1), 8 p.m. at Brewster Ice Arena
Players to watch: Indians – Shawn Smith (35G 16A), Lucas Prestamo (28G 15A), Mark Leprine (11A), Matt Lanza (2.83 GAA); Rams – Michael Gamby (21G 14A), Tyler Alfonzetti (16G 18A).
Outlook: For some reason, John Jay has lapsed on the defensive end, giving up 17 goals in its last three games of the regular season. A lack of intensity has contributed to the problem. There may be some health concerns, too. Carmel has come on of late and is getting some big moments from Joey Stallone in net. Que the Rocky theme.
Prediction: John Jay 6, Carmel 3
No. 6 Rye Town/Harrison (12-7) vs. No. 11 Byram Hills (9-11), 7 p.m. at Hommocks Ice Rink
Players to watch: Titans – Ian Bass (15G 10A), Mitchell Milbauer (16A), Brian Ketchabaw (2.4 GAA). Bobcats – Rob Grande (16G 17A), Joe Rocco (15G 18A).
Outlook: It’s hard to posses the puck for any length of time against the RTH defense, so Grande and Rocco have to bury whatever chances they come across. The first meeting of the season resulted in a 7-1 Titans win.
Prediction: RTH 6, Byram Hills 1.