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Rye Splits the Weekend – a Close Loss and a BIG Win! UPDATE

Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Paul Deen

[UPDATES: adds Coach Friesen's quote for each game in paragraph 2 and 7]

Fordham 4 – Rye 3

Interleague play, Saturday night high school hockey, two passionate teams with passionate fans – it doesn’t get much better! No one knew what to expect this past Saturday the Ice Hutch where the Fordham Rams beat the Rye Garnets 4-3  in an exciting, close, intense game. There was big turnout by both fan bases (parents and students) and the Rye students were loud and boisterous as usual!
           Pleased with the effort Coach Friesen said "another step in the right direction for the Rye Ice Hockey team, controlling much of the game and demonstrating great determination to succeed all the way through".
           After being stopped on his first breakaway by goalie Nat Deen , Connor Smith scored on his second breakaway shorthanded coming out of the penalty box to give the Rams a 1-0 lead midway through the first period.

The second frame produced only one goal, with Fordham scoring in the final two minutes of the period. At this point the Garnets lead the Rams in every statistic except the most important one!

Then Rye pounced, Connor Hatch scored in the first minute of the third frame (assisted by his line mates Jack O’Brien and Connor McGovern) and then again on a power play five minutes into the period (Matt Holmes from Jack O’Brien and Connor McGovern).  But with the score tied 2-2, the Rams responded with two goals in 64 seconds. With Fordham leading 4-2 the Rye fans were dejected, but the team did not give up, they charged ahead and Cal Hynson scored a huge goal on a pass from Theo Bresolin with one minute left in the game to make it 4-3. The Rams held on to win, but this was a back and forth, very even game. Unfortunately, the Garnets are not scheduled to play Fordham again this season (however Rye only has 19 games scheduled out of a possible 20 due to the Shenendehowa cancellation …).


Rye 6 - Byram Hills 2

                “Did u know that the struggling Islanders BEAT the Stanley Cup winning Black Hawks this month?” On any night, any team can beat another in our league; as soon as you get over confident, let down your guard, take a game for granted and don’t play desperate you get yourself into trouble. Well it was that way last night (MLK Monday) at the Brewster Ice Arena when the Garnets took on the Byram Hills Bobcats.  Yes the Garnets eventually won the game but there is more to the story than the score shows.
                Coach Friesen noted "after a very slow start you were able to see an impressive and determined hockey team that was finally able to unlock the goal".

                The first period - guess what? For the second time in two games the Garnets spotted the opposition the first goal in the first period. Less than aggressive play in our own end helped give the Bobcats a two goal lead. Rye got one back on the power play with less than a minute left in the period thanks to a great goal by Connor Hatch (2 goals in 2 games) assisted by Cal Hynson and Jack O’Brien. It was hard to believe the Garnets were down 2-1 at the end of the first when they outshot the Bobcats 15-5!

Second frame, which produced no goals was interesting as you could feel the tide turning in favor of the Garnets – although it was frustrating to watch in the stands. At the end of the second the Garnets lead in shots 27-10, and the Bobcats lead in icings with 5 in the second period alone. The Bobcats goalie was outstanding stopping everything that came his way, and he was busy!


The Garnets exploded in the final fifteen minutes. It did not take long for the line of Theo Bresolin (goal), Matt Holmes and Tommy O’Brien  (both assisting) to figure out that tick-tact-toe passing and a shot would produce the desired results. Theo Bresolin scored three minutes into the period to even the score at 2-2. Then the goals came fast and furious, with Andrew Urbanczyk scoring the game winning goal at the ten minute mark (from Griffin Tutun). Theo Bresolin netted his second goal with eight minutes to go with an assist from Tommy O’Brien. Griffin Tutun, who was denied on a breakaway only seconds earlier, circled back took a feed from Andrew Urbanczyk and buried it – he would not be denied! You can’t hold Connor McGovern off the score sheet for long and he got his goal with only seconds to play in the high slot off another great feed from his line mate Jack O’Brien.


Give the team credit, although we were frustrated in the stands, they never got frustrated; there was no slamming of sticks, no heads shaking or looking down, they kept working and believed in their system. And once they figured out where Byram Hills was weak (high slot, and tick-tack-toe passing plays to move the goalie) they scored quickly and often. Over the last three games you can see this team growing, learning and overcoming the different adversities each opponent puts in front of them.  Are they ready for their biggest challenge of the season so far?


This Thursday night at 8:15pm at the Hommocks Rink in Mamaroneck they take on their long time divisional rival Pelham Pelicans. A win will propel the Garnets into the playoffs and draw the attention of the rest of Section 1 hockey (the media, other teams, and fans). Don’t miss this important and annual rival game! Do you remember last January’s huge 3-2 victory over the Pelican’s at Hommocks with goals from Cal Hynson and Connor McGovern that rocked the building? Come out and support your Garnets – let’s make this a real “home” game at Hommock’s and cheer our Garnets on !  The Fan Bus departs RHS at 7:30pm sharp, $5 includes admission to the game.







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