Power rankings: WE/HV hockey (1/31)
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Top 10 Westchester/Hudson Valley hockey teams
1) Suffern (13-2) — Think the Mounties were a tad bit peeved by the 3-2 loss to Massena? Suffern took out its frustrations with a 10-0 drubbing of Ithaca on Friday. Ian Adler, Kevin Haggerty and Willie Sanchez scored two goals apiece in the lopsided victory. The Mounties will now set their crosshairs on Don Bosco (NJ), which pulled off a late comeback to shock Suffern in 2010. As a reminder, the game will be streamed LIVE on MSGVarsity.com.
2) Monroe-Woodbury (15-1-1) — The Crusaders are coming off a ho-hum 10-1 win over Section 9 foe Newburgh. Nick Marotta and John Puntasecca each scored two goals to power the offense. Monroe-Woodbury will look to keep on rolling with back-to-back games against White Plains and Scarsdale on Thursday and Friday.
3) Pelham (10-5) — Saturday's 6-0 win over Mamaroneck was an undeniable statement to the rest of Section 1. Per usual, the Pelicans' grueling schedule seems to be paying off at the right time. Wednesday's clash against rival Rye — arguably the best regular season game in Section 1 — is a rematch of last year's Section 1 Division 2 final.
4) RCDS (7-6) — Monday's 5-2 setback to Princeton Day School snapped RCDS' three-game winning streak, however, the Wildcats have played their best hockey of late. Prior to the loss, they racked up three quality wins over Iona Prep, Clarkstown and Harvey. The duo of Henry Beshar and Michael Rocco is as good as it gets around these parts, but RCDS' depth is what sets it apart.
5) Rye (11-2-1) — After dropping two games upstate, the Garnets reverted back to their winning ways with two straight victories over Fordham Prep and Byram Hills. Rye will face Pelham on Wednesday in a matchup that figures to be a precursor to an eventual D-2 title game showdown. The Garnets lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to the Pelicans in last year's sectional championship.
6) Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bronxville (13-3) — ETB has won five straight since suffering a lopsided defeat at the hands of mighty Suffern. The Eagles will be tested this week with two quality contests against Mamaroneck and New Rochelle.
7) Iona Prep (10-8-2) — An up-and-down season continues for the Gaels, who are coming off consecutive losses to RCDS and St. Joseph by-the-Sea. Lack of ice time due to exams undoubtedly hurt, but Iona Prep desperately needs to get back on track. The Gaels close out the regular season with two straight league games against Monsignor Farrell and St. Anthony's. As a reminder, we will streaming Iona Prep-St. Anthony's LIVE on MSGVarsity.com.
8) Mahopac (13-4) — 'Pac rebounded well from the Iona Prep loss, reeling off three straight victories over John Jay-CR, Lakeland/Panas and, most recently, Carmel. Next Saturday's game at Mamaroneck is certainly one to watch. If the Indians are serious about making a run to West Point, a win over the Tigers in “The Jungle” would go a long way in convincing people.
9) New Rochelle (12-4) — The Huguenots have just continued to play quality hockey, doubling up North Rockland, 6-3, on Friday for their ninth win in their past 10 games. They will look to keep the trend going tonight against a Scarsdale squad looking to recapture its early season form.
10) Harvey School (9-5-1) — The Cavaliers dropped their last game, 5-4, to Avon Old Farms JV back on Jan. 25. Harvey opens the month of February with a big test against New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep on Wednesday at Evarts.
* Records as of 1/30
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