The Mamaroneck Varsity Ice Hockey team is the top ranked team in New York, and with a 10-0-1 record next to its name, it’s hard to dispute that ranking.
Standing in the way of the Tigers’ 10th win of the season was longtime rival Suffern, whom Mamaroneck dispatched by a 5-1 score in the Section 1 Final last February. Now, after Friday’s 3-0 win, the Tigers have outscored the Mounties 8-1 in the teams’ last two meetings.
Coming into the game, Mamaroneck players were expecting a close outcome, and for much of the first two periods, their prediction was holding up. At the end of the first period, the score was 0-0, with shots on goal 9-8 in favor of the Tigers. With 5:50 left in the second period and the game still tied, Suffern was called for a 4-minute major penalty for a hit from behind. The Tigers made no mistake on the man-advantage, scoring three goals in 89 seconds and blowing the game wide open.
Will Payne ’17 broke the tie with a nice wrist shot from the slot with 3:43 left in the second period, Connor Leblanc ’17 doubled the lead 42 seconds later, and Harrison Schreiber ’19 erased any doubt with Mamaroneck’s third and final goal of the game with 2:34 remaining in the second period. Tommy Spero ’17 made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season. Spero is now only four shutouts away from tying the New York State record for most shutouts.
The Tigers travel to Clarkstown Wednesday, January 11, and return to home ice again on Tuesday, January 17, against White Plains at 7:45pm.