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Garnets Defeat Rival Ryetown Harrison 2-0! UPDATES

Posted Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Paul Deen


[UPDATE: adds Coach Friesen's Quote in paragraphe 2 and corrects the second goal in paragraph 5)

     On a beautiful night for outdoor hockey, the Rye Garnets shutout their cross town rival Ryetown Harrison (RTH) Titans 2-0 at the Ebersole Rink in White Plains! This was a huge rival win; local bragging rights, former coaches facing each other for the first time, and former teammates competing against each other. The game almost had a playoff atmosphere; it was intense, tightly matched end to end hockey with great shots and saves by both teams.

      Coach Friesen summed it up "this was a great team win for the Rye Ice Hockey team. We displayed great goaltending, very good special teams, and a great desire to win".

      The Titans came flying out of the gate playing an up tempo physical game and establishing their forecheck, they dominated the first half of period one. The Garnets weathered the storm and responded both physically and with speed to dominate the second half of the first period (SOG 16-15  in favor of RTH at the end of the first frame). The Garnets started the second period on a power play and it helped them dominate the entire period, outshooting the Titans 11-9 and scoring two even strength goals.


     To start the final period, it was the Titans turn to start on the power play but the Garnets pushed back and did not let the momentum shift to the Titans. Then the Garnets got into (questionable) penalty trouble; drawing 3 penalties in the final 7:45 including 45 seconds of a 5-on-3 and 1:27 of 6-on-4 as the Titans pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. A solid team effort and a series of keys saves kept the Titans off the board. The celebration at the end of the game (and the relief in the stands) as the team poured off the bench and into the goal crease swamping each other made it almost feel like the playoffs. Speaking of the playoffs, they are starting to look more likely for this coming-into-its own Garnets team.


     Early in the second period Griffin Tutun scored off a nice deflection of a Cal Hynson shot. Then five minutes later Theo Bresolin passed to Tommy O'Brien who sprung Matthew Holmes on 2-on-1 and it was off to the races as Matt using his speed made a nifty across the goal mouth move and lifted the puck over the pad and below the catching glove of the Titans goalie. A solid defensive effort by the entire Garnet’s team clearing pucks and playing strong in front of the goal and key saves and solid play helped Nat Deen record his second varsity shutout turning away all 34 of the Titan’s shots! The Garnets outshot the Titans 35-34, and went 0/2 on the power play. The Garnet’s penalty kill was strong allowing no goals over the 6 power plays by the Titans,  including a nail biting 5-on-3 and 6-on-4  in the final 7:45 minutes of regulation.


     Last night’s game was late for a school night and it was (semi) outdoors, but the faithful fans were there (and heard!) and they were rewarded with a treat!  Don’t despair if you missed last night’s thriller, you have TWO more opportunities this weekend to see the surging Garnets:


Saturday Jan 18 at  6:45pm v. Fordham Prep Rams at the Ice Hutch in Mt. Vernon

and a new game on

MLK Monday at 8:15pm v. Byram Hills at the Brewster Ice Arena!

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