Remember, if you are going to Brewster Ice Arena for the games, allow time for parking and waiting in line to get in. They are going to clear the building in between games. And be nice to the folks who are going to be sharing your personal space. Cheer loudly.
I will attempt to post as many Twitter updates as possible @LohudHockey. The wireless and cellular service has been spotty at the rink for the last couple of weeks, so fingers are crossed.
No. 1 Suffern (18-3-1) vs. No. 2 Scarsdale (19-3), 1:30 p.m.
Previous meeting: Scarsdale 3, Suffern 2 OT (1/31/14 at Sport-O-Rama)
Coaches: Mounties – Rob Schelling; Raiders: Jim Mancuso
Best potential storyline: Scarsdale becomes the first D1 program other than Suffern or Mamaroneck to win a championship since 2003.
Scorers: Mounties – Kevin Hill (27G, 32A), Justin Tiso (22G, 11A), Michael Redgate (20G, 17A); Raiders – James Nicholas (35G, 48A) Devon Schell (39G, 23A), Matt Blakley (20G, 37A).
Top defensemen: Mounties – Tom Brennan; Raiders – Rob Burns.
Netminders:Mounties – Nick Modica (93.4%); Raiders – Gabe Harousseau (88.8%), Anton Zock (89.8%).
Unsung hero: Mounties – Dan Demarco; Raiders – Brandon Bank.
He’s a freshman: Mounties – Troy Daniels; Raiders – Will Bock.
Outlook: Suffern has only given up 40 goals all season, and the defense probably isn’t as strong as it has been in past seasons. Modica has made up the difference. The Mounties have to be especially disciplined to keep Nicholas, Schell and Blakley from getting in clean. Suffern has to make the Raiders expend energy on both ends to get anything done. Scarsdale has to be careful with Hill, who’s bigger than anyone he’s going to run in to, and Tiso, whose speed creates penalties. Both teams have a habit of turning loose pucks into goals, so extra care has to be taken, especially deep in the zone.
Prediction: Suffern 5, Scarsdale 4
No. 1 Pelham (18-3-1) vs. No. 10 Rye (12-9-2), 4:30 p.m.
Previous meeting: Pelham 5, Rye 2 (1/23/14 at Hommocks)
Coaches: Pelicans – Ed Witz; Garnets – Jason Friesen
Best potential storyline: Rye becomes the first No. 10 seed in God knows how long to win a Section 1 championship.
Scorers: Pelicans – Andrew Schauer (23G, 31A), Will Cullen (25G, 26A), Hogan Peters (17G, 19A); Garnets – Cal Hynson (15G, 20A), Connor McGovern (18G, 13), Connor Hatch (14G, 11A).
Top defensemen: Pelicans – Cullen, Hunter Lambdin; Garnets – Derek Mullane, Joseph Watanabe-Gastel.
Netminders: Pelicans – Matt DeYoung (84.6%), AJ Gugliara (86.7%); Garnets – Nat Deen (88.6%).
Unsung hero: Pelicans – Eric Alpert; Garnets – Griffin Tutun.
He’s a freshman: Pelicans – Ben Hurd; Garnets – Matthew Holmes.
Outlook: Pelham has a talented senior class that undoubtedly feels it has unfinished business to attend to in Utica. The Pelicans have not lost to a Division 2 opponent all season, but the pressure is building with each game and facing a forever rival like Rye in a championship setting is going to make it more difficult to keep emotions in check. Pelham is not unbeatable. The Pelicans will give up some goals, but the offense is playing wide open this season and keeping the puck occupied for long stretches. Will Cullen is a double-edged sword. He scores early, then drops back and locks off the opposition when Pelham has a lead. The Garnets are playing with better chemistry right now than any team in the section. Rye can roll three lines and keep the pressure on the puck from start to finish, so depth is not an issue. The key is going to be limiting turnovers while playing 100 mph. The Garnets have scored 20 playoff goals in three game, but probably need to limit the state’s No. 1 team to three or less in order to keep this surprising run going.
Prediction: Pelham 4, Rye 3