Hockey: Mamaroneck celebrates a 2-2 draw with Suffern – The Journal News | LoHud.com


LARCHMONT – A similar result against any other program in Section 1 would’ve inspired a vastly different reaction.

The emotion is heightened when Suffern comes for a visit.

Mamaroneck scratched and clawed to overcome an early deficit on Friday at Hommocks Park Ice Rink and was in celebration mode after playing its biggest rival to a 2-2 draw.

The Mounties rolled into town on a seven game winning streak and have been parked atop the lohud rankings all season.

“Oh, this definitely plays like a win,” said Tigers forward Ben Boren, who netted the equalizer with 2:48 to go in the third period. “All the boys are going crazy. We’re super excited, ready to get another piece of Suffern and hopefully we win the next time.”

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Mamaroneck’s Benjamin Boren (2) has his path to the goal blocked by Suffern’s Kyle Foresta (21) during hockey action at Hommocks Park Ice Rick in Mamaroneck Jan. 11, 2019. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie. (Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)

Yes, he’s talking about the playoffs.

“This was a big deal,” Mamaroneck goalie Jack Fried said. “It will keep the momentum going for us and help us win future games. Coach was pretty happy.  We always want to win, but we’ll settle for a tie against the No. 2 team in New York state.”

Neither team manufactured a real scare in the five-minute overtime.

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The Mounties weren’t so happy after outshooting its gritty host by a resounding 41-15 margin.

Fried earned more than a pat on the back.

“This is a good and bad thing for us, honestly,” Suffern forward Kyle Foresta said. “It’s good because we needed a reality check. We had big heads coming into this game. This helps everyone realize we’re not the top dogs. There are guys who work just as hard as us. At the same time, it’s also a bad thing because nobody wants to lose or tie.”

Turning point

Foresta scored once in the first period and once in the second off rebounds to give the Mounties some room to maneuver. There were multiple chances to add more. The Tigers scrambled to kill penalty after penalty and Jack Davilman provided a jolt of adrenaline when he  came to the net and cut the lead in half with 6:58  to play in the second period.

Suffern continued to get the puck in deep, but could not finish.

“Obviously, we weren’t happy, but Mamaroneck battled hard and we didn’t bury our chances,” Mounties coach Rob Schelling said. “We had a lot of power plays and weren’t able to put one in there. They scored on a nice play there in the third, so this is something we have to learn from.”

The goal by Boren was pretty.

Max Nodiff made a touch pass from the corner to his shockingly wide-open teammate on the crease.

Player of the game

Fried was busy and timely, finishing with 39 saves.

“It’s definitely the most shots I’ve taken,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it’s my best game of the season, but it was definitely a good one.”

By the numbers

Suffern: Schelling got a pair of assists, setting up both Foresta goals with blasts on net. Gunnar Marks also had one helper. Mike Halper made 13 saves for the Mounties. Mamaroneck: Boren also had the assist on Davilman’s goal.

Quotable

“Fried is a very good goalie,” Rob Schelling noted. “When you’re playing against somebody like that who’s seeing the puck, these things happen.”

Up next

Suffern (9-1-1) hosts Pelham next Friday. Mamaroneck (5-5-2) heads back upstate to play Syracuse and Ithaca next weekend.

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