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Top 10 Westchester/Hudson Valley hockey teams
1) Suffern (14-2-1) — Friday's 3-3 tie against New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco was undoubtedly the best game of the 2011-12 regular season. The level of competition on the ice was incredibly high and the intensity in the stands followed suit. If the Mounties somehow go on to win a state title, the Bosco game will be remembered as a spring board toward achieving it. It will be Suffern's version of the Giants' win over the Jets.
2) Pelham (11-5) — If there was ever a doubt, Wednesday's 5-0 drubbing of Rye cemented Pelham's place as the No. 1 team in Section 1 Division 2. Like last year, the Pelicans seem to be getting stronger as the season progresses, which is a credit to coach Ed Witz's ability to put together a taxing schedule. After a shaky start, Pelham's defense has also really started to click. The Pelicans have relinquished just five goals since suffering an 8-2 loss to Suffern back on Jan. 6. They have posted five shutouts during the eight-game stretch.
3) Monroe-Woodbury (15-1-1) — The Crusaders racked up back-to-back wins over Scarsdale and White Plains this past week. Monroe-Woodbury got goals from nine different players during the two-game stretch.
4) Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bronxville (15-3) — The Eagles will ride an impressive 10-game winning streak into the playoffs. Only Mt. Pleasant and White Plains stand in their way. In a lean Section 1 Division 1 field, ETB has morphed into Suffern's No. 1 challenger for the title.
5) RCDS (8-7) — Alas, the rollercoaster season continues for the Wildcats. RCDS — which stretched its winning streak to three games with a 7-5 win over Iona Prep back on Jan. 27 — proceeded to lose three straight to Princeton Day, Kingswood-Oxford and Greenwich. They snapped the losing streak with a 3-1 win over King on Monday. James Kissel, Michael Rocco and Henry Beshar tallied a goal apiece in the victory.
6) Rye (11-4-1) — Monday's shocking 2-1 loss to Ryetown/Harrison highlighted the Garnets' biggest concern heading toward the playoffs: finishing. Of course, it didn't help that Titans goalie Jaime Ketchabaw (41 saves) was on fire. Still, it has been a feast or famine kind of season for Rye's offense, which has scored a goal or less in its four losses. Meanwhile, the Garnets have averaged 5.63 in their 11 victories. As the playoffs draw closer, Rye must figure what's ailing its offense.
7) Iona Prep (10-10-2) — Saturday's 7-1 loss to powerhouse St. Anthony's marked Iona Prep's fifth straight loss. The Gaels will look to regroup as the CHSHL playoffs get underway on Saturday.
8) Mahopac (13-5) — Who saw Friday's 2-1 loss to Hen Hud coming? Credit the Sailors for latching onto an opportunity and refusing to let go. The Indians will close out the regular season with back-to-back games against Conference II's Mamaroneck (Feb. 11) and White Plains (Feb. 12).
9) John Jay-Cross River (12-4) — The Indians bested Yorktown, 4-3, on Friday for their of their third straight win. John Jay-CR closes out the regular season with four games in six days. The highlights include matchups against Brewster (Feb. 12) and Rye (Feb. 15).
10) New Rochelle (13-6) — The Huguenots have hit the skids of late, losing two of their past three games to ETB and Scarsdale. New Rochelle will look to finish the regular season on a high note against Sleepy Hollow/Irvington on Feb. 14.
10t) Yorktown (14-4-1) — The Huskers wrapped up the Conference I League A title with a 3-0 win over Somers/North Salem on Monday. In a year where not much was expected from Yorktown, it has found a way to put together a nice season.
* Records as of 2/6
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