No. 1 Pelham (17-3-1) vs. No. 4 Somers/North Salem (16-5-1), 6 p.m. at Ice Hutch
Previous meeting: None
Scorers: Pelicans – Andrew Schauer (20G, 30A), Will Cullen (24G, 23A), Hogan Peters (16G, 18A); Sabers – Noah Hale (18G, 13A), Wilson McLoy (14G, 18A), Mitch Lanyi (16G, 11A).
Top defensemen: Pelicans – Cullen, Hunter Lambdin; Sabers – McLoy, Lanyi.
Netminders: Pelicans – Matt DeYoung (84.3 %), AJ Gugliara (86.7%); Sabers – Aidan Quaglino (89.9%).
Outlook: Pelham has been playing with a measure of anger the entire season after failing to survive the semifinals a year ago. The Pelicans are more of an offensive team this time around, but still know how and when to grind. Cullen and Schauer create matchup issues with speed and size, but Somers/North Salem is deep and skilled at the blue line. There are several underclassmen in the rotation so this experience is good for the program. Quaglino needs to stay hot and test the patience of Pelham so the Sabers have a chance in the third period.
Prediction: Pelham 4, Somers/North Salem 2
No. 3 John Jay (18-4) vs. No. 10 Rye (11-9-2), 6 p.m. at Brewster Ice Arena
Previous meeting: Rye 5, John Jay 4 (2/12/14 at BIA)
Scorers: Indians – Shawn Smith (36G, 17A), Lucas Prestamo (28G, 16A), John Tobin (18G, 21A); Garnets – Cal Hynson (15G, 18A), Connor McGovern (17G, 13), Connor Hatch (14G, 9A).
Top defensemen: Indians – Mark Leprine, Jack Wertz; Garnets – Griffin Tutun.
Netminders: Indians – Matt Lanza (88.5%); Garnets – Nat Deen (88.7 %).
Outlook: John Jay got back to playing with energy and urgency in the quarterfinals and looked again like a team capable of repeating as Section 1 champion. Smith and Prestamo might be able to exploit a size advantage. The Indians have to play a clean game and get in front to dull some of Rye’s momentum. After struggling to finish much of the season, the Garnets have outscored Hen Hud and Pearl River 14-4 in the playoffs. Rye is really good and taking away time and space, and will create turnovers.
Prediction: John Jay 5, Rye 4