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MHS Hockey: Jungle Fever

Mamaroneck Hockey prevailed over Rye Saturday night with a 4-2 victory and the MHS successful season continues with a rematch against the #1 NYS ranked Suffern Mounties ‘at the jungle’ next Saturday night.

“Welcome to the Jungle” blared over the loudspeakers as fans filled the stands to watch the varsity hockey teams from Rye and Mamaroneck renew their rivalry at the Hommocks Ice Rink.  More lined up along the glass on the outskirts of the rink to view the action up close.  The game featured two of the traditional powers in Section One hockey continuing their strong play with each ranked in the top 10 in New York State in their respective Divisions.

At the start of the game RHS came out showcasing their defensive style of play, featuring their “dump and chase” style, forcing the MHS to start their offensive rush from deep in their defensive zone.  MHS eventually matched the RHS grind game and began winning the one-on-one battles for the puck along the boards.  An exciting breakaway for MHS star defenseman Sam Christiansen (Sr.) provided a great scoring opportunity halfway through the period.  Later in the period with MHS cycling the puck in their offensive zone, Mike Wojociechowski (Sr.) fought off two RHS defenders along the boards, keeping control of the puck and finding Stephen Clarke (Soph.) in front of the goal.  Clarke finished the play with a perfectly placed shot in the top corner on the goal.

In the second period RHS continued with their effective style of play, putting pressure on the MHS defense with a relentless fore-check.  A couple of quality RHS scoring chances were turned away by the MHS defense, particularly during two RHS power plays.  MHS began to control the play in the second half of the period and scored their second goal on a power play late in the period when Dean Chiapparelli (Sr.) gathered a loose puck during a scramble in front of the RHS goal and deposited the puck into the net.

In the third period RHS came out determined to score and succeeded when a RHS forward collected a loose puck in front of the MHS goal and slipped it into the net for their first goal.  The goal energized RHS as their forwards continued to fore-check, applying pressure on the MHS defense, resulting in three MHS penalties in a span of 40 seconds.  Down by a goal, RHS now had a two man advantage for the next 90 seconds with six minutes to play in the game.  RHS quickly scored to tie the game and while still on the power-play, MHS star forward Scott Hagan (Sr.) demonstrated why he is considered one of the top forwards in the Section and effectively ended RHS hopes for an upset.  Hagan received a pass coming out of the defensive zone, split the two RHS defensemen, and scored on a pretty backhand in the top shelf of the goal.  MHS would score an important insurance goal on a power-play a couple of minutes later when an open Peter Conley (Soph.) was in perfect position to pounce on a misdirected puck and snap a shot past the RHS goalie for the game’s final goal.

— Submitted by Steve Carlson

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