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New Rochelle came into Thursday's showdown against Scarsdale in search of a signature win.
Instead, they were forced to walk out of the Ice Hutch with an underwhelming 3-3 tie.
The Huguenots (3-1-2), who are dealing with injuries that have decimated their depth, found themselves down three goals after the second period.
A game removed from a 4-0 shutout loss to White Plains, and down 3-0 to the Raiders, New Rochelle’s high-powered was looking more and more pedestrian against top Section 1 competition.
But a pep talk from an assistant coach was all the Huguenots needed to cure their troubles.
“They kind of got read the riot act between the second and third and they responded,” New Rochelle coach Jim Tozzo said. “We’re a little short-handed, but they responded.”
New Rochelle came out firing in the third period, and scored three unanswered goals — all within a five-minute span. Mark Umbro’s goal knotted the score at 3-3 with 8:05 remaining in regulation.
The Huguenots thought they had won the game when Chris Ramondelli cleaned up a rebound in front with less 30 seconds left in regulation. But the goal — which would have been Ramondelli's third of the contest — was called off due to a whistle.
“The ref said the whistle blew before the shot,” Tozzo said. “Everybody in the building knew it was a goal.”
After a back-and-forth overtime the teams came away all square, which left the Huguenots dwelling on what could have been.
“It felt like a loss because we won,” Tozzo said. “But they collected themselves, and we traded chances in the overtime. A loss there would have horrible after winning the game. It was a great comeback regardless.”
Matthew Blakley, James Nicholas and Devon Shell each had a goal for the Raiders (5-0-1).
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