You should be entertained no matter which game you go see. I’m heading to Brewster Ice Arena later on, and will be writing John Jay and Rye Town/Harrison for the paper. Once that’s filed, I will hustle back in for the rest of the Greeley/Somers-North Salem game and put something on that game here since it will end after our deadline. Follow me @LohudHockey for updates and pass along scores if you’re watching.
Leave a prediction here, too, before you head out.
No. 1 Pelham (16-3-1) vs. No. 8 Mount Pleasant (13-6-2), 6 p.m. at Ice Hutch
Players to watch: Pelican – Will Cullen (22G, 26A), Andrew Schauer (18G, 30A), Hogan Peters (16G, 18A); Ice Cats – Joe Mastro (17G, 16A), Michael Greenberg (11G, 14A).
Outlook: Mount Pleasant has won six in a row, but the level of competition is about to jump dramatically. While the Ice Cats did enjoy some big moments earlier in the season at the expense of Greeley and Rye, they might need a moment to adjust to the speed and intensity Pelham brings. If there’s a concern for the Pelicans, it’s the lack of game activity in the last week.
Prediction: Pelham 6, Mount Pleasant 2.
No. 4 Somers/North Salem (15-5-1) vs. No. 5 Greeley (12-7-2), 8 p.m. at Brewster Ice Arena
Players to watch: Quakers – Sam Mishkind (25G, 17A), Scott Jakubowicz (26G, 16A), Matt Zandi (12G, 17A), Owen Gatto (19A); Sabers – Wilson McLoy (14G, 18A), Noah Hale (15G, 12A), Aidan Quaglino (89.5%).
Outlook: Greeley has two very strong forward lines. Somers/North Salem has four solid defensemen along with a reliable goalie. The Quakers are bigger and deeper, and seem to be properly motivated for a deep run in the playoffs. The Sabers, who beat Greeley 6-3 earlier in the season, need to skate a clean game and limit turnovers in order to stay alive.
Prediction: Greeley 5, Somers/North Salem 4
No. 2 Pearl River (16-3-1) vs. No. 10 Rye (10-9-2), 7:30 p.m. at Sport-O-Rama
Players to watch: Pirates – Kevin Murphy (24G, 31A), Max McGee (28G, 20A), Patrick Burns (18G, 16A), Connor McMorrow (10G, 15A), Sam Coughlin (83.3%); Garnets – Cal Hynson (12G, 17A), Connor McGovern (16G, 11A), Connor Hatch (12G, 8A), Nat Deen (88.7%).
Outlook: They are going to be going up and down the ice at light-speed in this one. Pearl River likely needs a talented first line to score at least five goals because Rye is beginning to figure things out in the offensive zone. The Garnets do have more depth and will have to keep throwing shots at Coughlin and chase down rebounds. Deen has been a find in goal for Rye and held up fine under the pressure of a tight game against Hen Hud.
Prediction: Rye 4, Pearl River 3
No. 3 John Jay (17-4) vs. No. 6 Rye Town/Harrison (13-7), 6 p.m. at Brewster Ice Arena
Players to watch: Indians – Shawn Smith (35G, 16A), Lucas Prestamo (28G, 16A), John Tobin (16G, 20A), Mark Leprine (9G, 11A), Jack Wertz (12G, 12A), Matt Lanza (88.5%). Titans – Ian Bass (18G, 11A), Mitchell Milbauer (7G, 19A), Max Picker (13G, 9A), Brian Ketchabaw (92%).
Outlook: John Jay is not playing well, and is not healthy. The defending champions are one bad start away from watching the rest of the playoffs from the other side of the glass. If there’s one ray of sunshine, it’s the fact that this group has in the past been able to pull together and deliver in big moments. The pressure is on Leprine and Lanza to keep it a low-scoring affair because Ketchabaw is very good and has a strong group in front of him.
Prediction: John Jay 3, RTH 2 OT