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White Plains and Mamaroneck headed into Friday night's showdown on opposite ends of the spectrum.
After a much-ballyhooed start to the season, White Plains entered the second of back-to-back games fresh off an 8-0 win against North Rockland. The Tigers, who upset defending NYS D1 champ Suffern earlier in the year, feature one of the best goaltenders in the section in sophomore Chris Stangarone.
Mamaroneck, on the other hand, rode a four-game losing streak into the matchup. Their offense had also struggled during the losing streak, mustering a measly five goals.
Easy game to pick, right? Wrong.
Mamaroneck (4-4) outshot White Plains 40-19 and got three rebound goals off of Stangaone and the White Plains defense to score a 3-1 win at Hommocks Park Ice Rink in Mamaroneck.
“They beat Suffern and New Rochelle and started off 7-1 — this is our first league game and it stopped a four-game losing streak, so it’s huge for us,” Mamaroneck coach Mike Chiapparelli said. “Now we head into a really good tournament. So it’s a great opportunity for us.”
Trey Hertliz-Ferguson and Ted Bellis each had a goal for Mamaroneck, but it was Spencer Kupferberg’s rebound shot with five minutes remaining in the second period that proved to be the difference.
Mamaroneck picked up on something while scouting White Plains (7-2) earlier this season and utilized it during the week of practice.
“We skated our kids really hard Sunday, Monday, so we could give us the outside of the zone, and try to get shots on goal and screen the goalie,” Chiapparelli said. “Against good teams, if we get 40 shots on them, we’ll usually win. We were really trying to beat the defense, not the goalie.”
Mamaroneck’s goalie, Tom Brill, finished with 18 saves.
Mamaroneck will now look to carry the momentum upstate, as it will complete in a tournament at Rome Free Academy from December 28-29. White Plains will have quite a bit of time to reflect on the loss. The Tigers won't hit the ice again till a January 4 against Rye.
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