By Nancy Haggerty
WHITE PLAINS – The expression Miracle on Ice has been taken.
But White Plains’ 2-1 win over visiting Clarkstown Thursday seemed every bit just that as the Tigers won despite being outshot 40-7 at Ebersole Ice Rink.
A huge part of the win could be credited to Tigers’ all-everything senior goalie Chris Stangarone, the calm and cool amid frenzy.
And then there was junior defenseman Liam Broderick.
With two Tigers and a Clarkstown defenseman screening Clarkstown goalie Tim Cavanagh, Broderick’s wrister from the left point sailed under the crossbar with just 21.8 seconds remaining.
“I have no idea how (it didn’t hit someone),” Broderick said. “It got on my stick and I just threw it.”
“We came out of the locker room feeling good (before the third period). I felt something inside,” Stangarone said, explaining he thought his team would win..
White Plains, 9-5, entered the game an underdog against Clarkstown, now 11-4-1.
Clarkstown coach Peter Sherlock praised his team’s offensive effort and pointed to Stangarone as a difference-maker.
“He’s a staple of that team. He played an outstanding game — like he always does,” he said.
“We get the same game from him every night,” White Plains coach Howie Rubenstein agreed. “We love that he’s our keeper.”
Stangarone had 19 first-period saves, including three in quick succession in the final minute. He also got lucky when Nick Kim’s shot clanked off the pipe.
Cavanagh had only two first-period saves but one right before the buzzer was a beauty as he stopped Mike Carrier, who took a feed alone on the doorstep.
If anything the ice seem even more slanted in the second period.
Clarkstown broke on top with just 1:01 gone on a backdoor tip-in by Adam Marvin off a nice pass from Eric Meninnger.
Matt Conroy tied the game at 1 with 1:49 left in the second with a high wrister .
“Coming out and pulling out this upset is big motivation for us,” Broderick said, referring to upcoming sectionals.