Rye Town/Harrison’s (10-4) inconsistent play wasn’t exactly seeping into the Titans’ mind, but a quick glance at the schedule and you’d notice that RTH hasn’t had a winning or losing streak at all in the month of January.
With the Titans coming off a win against White Plains, the chance for two in a row presented itself in a matchup with New Rochelle (10-2-1) on Wednesday afternoon at Rye Country Day.
Behind a pair of late second-period goals, Rye Town/Harrison toppled New Rochelle, 4-1, to put themselves in the win column for the second game in a row.
“It was nice to get a pair of wins because we’ve had a slow start (to the new year),” defenseman Chris Megdanis said. “It’s good to get some momentum coming into North Rockland this week.”
Rye Town/Harrison led 1-0 late into the second period, but Jackson Schultz created a turnover, flipped the puck up to Sam Adler who put it home with just 36 seconds left in the period. The play came after Sam Smith made a breakaway save on the other end. That was just the beginning of the momentum shift, however.
Fourteen seconds later, Anthony Cipollone found Megdanis at the point and his wrister also found the net to put Rye Town/Harrison up 3-0 at the end of two periods.
“That was huge for us, it was a huge momentum boost,” Megdanis said. “We needed to keep that going in the third period and finish strong.”
The breakaway save by Smith was probably his best of the night. He had 23 saves overall.
“I’m feeling pretty good right now. We were in a slump for a few games there and I was in a bit of a tough place myself,” Smith said. “But I think we’re in an upswing right now. We played strong defense. I was really hoping for the shutout, but can’t save them all I guess.”
RTH took the lead early in the second period on a goal from Ike Murov. Schultz, the points leader in Section 1, assisted on that one as well to get the Titan rolling in their dominant second period. RTH outshot New Rochelle 29-24 on the day, including 16-7 in the second.
The Huguenots got on the board late to make it 3-1 thanks to a goal from David Benko, but Megdanis added an empty netter for the final tally.
“I feel like this is probably the best game we’ve put together all season, hopefully we’ll keep this momentum going,” RTH coach Jason Head said. “New Rochelle is always a tough team and there’s no give up in them. That’s why they’re always competitive and have had our number.”
New Rochelle’s Arthur Leibowitz finished with 25 saves.