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RCDS 6-5 over Garnets - Reprinted from Journal News - Mike Dougherty

Posted Saturday, February 20, 2010 by Jim Powers

After watching three leads evaporate, Jeff Horowitz came up with a timely solution. The speedy forward picked up the puck in the neutral zone, looked up at the clock and came rushing in for the decisive goal with 16.9 seconds left to, giving Rye Country Day a 6-5 win over Rye in a physical neighborhood rivalry.

It's called smart hockey.

"There was one defenseman breakaway to beat," said Horwitz, who put a shoulder down and got the prime angle moving in front of the crease. "I wanted the goalie to come across. When it opened up, I slid the puck through."

 

It's the second loss in a row for the Garnets, who begin the Section 1 Division II playoffs on Wednesday.

Rye was trailing by two goals on separate occasions and came back to even the score, combining unwavering intensity with the ability to capitalize on mistakes.

"That was a real exciting game," said Garnets forward Taka Katsuta, who scored two goals. "We came out with good intensity, and that's what we want going into playoffs.

There have been a lot of times we have it and lose it for a couple of minutes, and the other team usually capitalized. Today we really worked hard every single minute."

And the intensity was matched stride for stride by the Wildcats.

Both teams got too loose at times on defense, and left the goalies momentarily exposed.

Cole Keinberg gave RCDS a 3-1 cushion with 11:34 to go in the second period, but Paul Mundinger finished a to get Rye a little closer.

Michael Ince answered, giving the Wildcats a 4-2 advantage, but Brian Powers and Katsuta knotted the score.

There was no shortage of tension or hitting as the third period began. Henry Beshar wrapped around to give Rye Country Day the lead with 9:43 to go, but less than a minute later Powers scored on a power play blast, making it 5-5.

It stayed that way until Horowitz got loose.

"Jeff has been scoring clutch goals for us all season," Wildcats coach Gary Bingham said. "He's got a nose for the goal. He scored four goals in one period this season in a tournament up in Boston, so he's got the scoring touch."

It was the second big win of the week for RCDS, which also beat John Jay.

"This was big for us," Beshar said. "We're kind of a young team, so it raises everyone's confidence level."

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