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Posted Saturday, November 24, 2012 by Mike Dougherty
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Hockey preview: Favorites, contenders and players to watch

Posted By Mike Dougherty On 11/22/2012 @ 12:00 am In Uncategorized | 22 Comments

Division 1

Favorite: Suffern lost more headliners to graduation than usual, but the defending state champs are not lacking depth or talent. It might take a few weeks, though, for players to settle into new or expanded roles. The Mounties need to find a scorer who’s not afraid of big moments.

Contenders: Mamaroneck is back. The Tigers have to replace a talented goalie, but come into the season with a great mix of youth and experience. New Rochelle used to be a young team. All those goal-hungry underclassmen have grown up in the last two seasons.

Dark horse: Mahopac has plenty of numbers to work with this season. The biggest question is whether the Indians can be strong enough to skate with the powers that be in the postseason.

Division 2

Favorite: Pelham has to fill some big holes in the lineup, but they have more than enough skaters with experience in big games to pursue another Section 1 title. Another very ambitious schedule will force the Pelicans to keep things in perspective along the way.

Contenders: Rye hasn’t forgotten a difficult playoff loss. The Garnets are going to have plenty of talent on the first two lines to keep the rivalry with Pelham interesting. Scarsdale is coming back with momentum. The Raiders have to find some new youngsters capable of playing big minutes, though.

Dark horse: John Jay is just as consistent as the perennial contenders. The Indians have two lethal scorers, but they need to find some reliable help on the other end of the ice.

Players to watch

Michael Benincasa (Rye): The senior forward is comfortable being the go-to guy.

Frazier Bostwick (John Jay): The senior forward isn’t easy to separate from the puck.

Conor Bunyan (Fox Lane): The senior goalie doesn’t have any holes in his game.

Anthony Carudo (Suffern): The senior defenseman never seems to blink.

Will Cullen (Pelham): The junior defenseman is a momentum-changer.

Mike Gillespie (Clarkstown): The sophomore forward is relentless.

Ray Guerriero (Stepinac): The junior goalie single-handedly keeps the Crusaders in games.

Kevin Halpin (Sleepy Hollow/Irvington): The senior forward plays like a one-man gang.

Sean Henderson (Brewster): The junior forward is a hat trick waiting to happen.

Nick Jaeger (Suffern): The senior forward is a proponent of substance over style.

Tommy Krincic (Mahopac): The junior forward never looks rushed.

Kevin McGee (White Plains): The senior defenseman is deadly in transition.

Nick Modica (Suffern): The junior goalie has a steady hand.

James Nicholas (Scarsdale): The sophomore forward is already proven game-changer.

Kieran O’Meara (Iona Prep): The senior forward is a reliable set-up man.

Chris Ramondelli (New Rochelle): The senior forward is the section’s top returning scorer.

Michael Rocco (Rye Country Day): The senior defenseman is built to play the position.

Andrew Schauer (Pelham): The junior forward has the makings of a potent finisher.

Brian Schiff (Mamaroneck): The junior defenseman can help in a hurry if healthy.

Chris Stangarone (White Plains): The sophomore goalie makes the highlight saves look easy.

Three questions

Are there any new teams in Section 1 this season? Haldane is now part of the Kennedy/Putnam Valley combination and Dobbs Ferry is now part of the Sleepy Hollow/Irvington combination.

Which private school team is poised to have a good season? Rye Country Day School has plenty of talent coming back to defend its FAA title under new coach Erik Kallio. It’s going to be difficult to score on the Wildcats because of defenseman Michael Rocco and goalie Jack Carroll.

Are there any new rules to be aware of? The rule prohibiting checking from behind was strengthened. Any push, charge or check from behind in open ice will result in a misconduct penalty. Hitting from behind into the boards calls for a game disqualification.

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