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Hockey power rankings and notes: Stepinac has power tie

Posted Friday, January 30, 2009 by LoHud.com

Stepinac had one of the best finishes of the season last weekend, giving up a go-ahead goal to Chaminade with 13 seconds left and then scoring with one second remaining to tie the game 4-4.

By getting the point, Stepinac stayed tied with Farrell for first place in the CHSHL - and stayed in the top five in the power rankings.

1. Mamaroneck (13-2-1): Goalie Luke Glaser has given up just 11 goals in his last 10 games, including back-to-back shutouts over Cortland and Pelham.

2. Suffern (13-2-1): The Mounties bounced back from their first league loss in a big way, defeated Rye Town/Harrison 10-0 and Monroe-Woodbury 3-1.

3. Clarkstown North (15-0-1): The Rams have one game left against a League 1 team - they face Suffern on Feb. 13.

4. Pelham (11-6): The top line of Marc Flory, Andrew Emerson and Mike Mamone have scored 51 of the Pelicans' 58 goals.

5. Stepinac (10-8-1): Stepinac is in the best position of any team in the CHSHL - it has the most games left (three) and the most points (15). The Crusaders (7-4-1) are two points ahead of Iona Prep (6-7-1) and three ahead of Fordham Prep (6-7).

In the crease: Eastchester/ Tuckahoe/Bronxville (5-2), Scarsdale (10-4-1), White Plains (9-5-2), North Rockland (9-4-1), Iona Prep (11-8-1), Rye (7-8).

(Power rankings are based on results reported to The Journal News through Wednesday.)

Noteworthy

- Streaking: Ossining was one of the hottest teams down the stretch last season, winning 10 of its last 12 and reaching the Division II quarterfinals after a 3-8 start. The program has continued that momentum this season, starting 12-1-1 heading into today's showdown with New Rochelle (10-2-1), and the players have set their goals high. "Everyone wants to have a trip to West Point and hopefully win a section," senior defenseman Scott Miele said. "Ossining hasn't done it in so many years, and our school is concentrated on football, but hockey's going to turn it around." Ossining hasn't lost in two months, thanks to three productive forward lines, solid defense and great puck movement. Goalies Joe Riley and Greg Bardwell, who have split time in net, each posted a shutout in his last start. The team can take a big step toward its second League 3 title in three years this weekend - after facing the Huguenots, Ossining takes on Pawling (11-3-2) tomorrow.

- Playoff-bound? If the season ended today, eight of Section 1's 29 teams would miss the playoffs. Carmel and Byram Hills are close to making it, but Mount Pleasant, Clarkstown South, Nyack/Tappan Zee, Fox Lane and Greeley need a winning streak. Kennedy/Putnam Valley is mathematically eliminated. For information on what each team needs to do to qualify, go to highschoolsticking.lohudblogs.com.

Harold Gutmann writes the weekly hockey power rankings and notes. Reach him at hgutmann@lohud.com.

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