Follow Section 1 hockey on Twitter @MSGV_Icass
MONSEY, N.Y. — The top-seeded Suffern hockey team team quietly celebrated its 3-0 semifinal victory over No. 4-seeded Mamaroneck (13-11) on Thursday at Sport-O-Rama.
For the Mounties, who are gunning for their 20th sectional title in the past 24 years, it was simply business as usual.
Senior goalie Tyler Stark was the standout, posting his fourth consecutive shutout and second of the playoffs to vault Suffern (18-2-2) into Sunday's Section 1 Division 1 championship game at West Point against No. 2-seeded ETB.
“(Stark's) amazing,” junior forward John Costa said. “Without him we would be nothing. We wouldn't win any games, I feel.”
Costa also turned in a quality effort, breaking through a stingy Mamaroneck defense to give Suffern a 1-0 lead three minutes and 55 seconds into the second period. He was assisted by fellow junior forward Robert Clark.
“Me and Clarky (Robert Clark) were working it down,” Costa said, detailing the goal. “I passed it up to him on the boards and he took it wide, which we needed to do against Mamaroneck because they had been shutting us down in the middle all game. He passed it to me in front and I put it in.”
The idea of staying wide would pay off again with 36 seconds left in the second period, as senior captain John Redgate setup senior forward Willie Sanchez for a goal. Redgate carried the puck into the offensive zone, cut to the wing at the blue line and dropped it off to Sanchez, who finished stick-side low to beat Tigers goalie Brett Poniros (29 saves).
Suffern carried the momentum into the final period, stretching its lead to 3-0 behind a Greg Dgheim goal at the 13:22 mark. Dgheim scored it off a rebound, pouncing on an Ian Adler shot that was kicked aside by Ponrios.
"There were a lot of rebounds left out, so we just had to crash the net over and over again,” Dgheim said. “In the end, it worked out."
Mamaroneck — which lost a pair of games to Suffern during the regular season by a combined score of 15-1 — certainly raised its level of play in the postseason showdown. The Tigers went toe-to-toe with defending champs in the first period and had a number of good scoring chances.
Alas, the Mounties wouldn't be denied.
“(Mamaroneck) obviously came as hard as they could, so we just had to do the same,” Dgheim said.
GAME NOTES: Suffern goaltender Tyler Stark has been lights out with a shutout in four straight games … Suffern's Ian Adler has tallied nine points (4G, 5A) in the last four games … Suffern's Willie Sanchez leads the team in scoring with 50 points (26G, 24A), while John Redgate is second with 45 points (19G, 26A) … Mamaroneck's Peter Conley and Nathan Mulhaney combined for 17 points in the previous three games, however, they were shut out against the Mounties.
Mamaroneck 0 0 0 0
Suffern 0 2 1 3
S (11:05) John Costa from Robert Clark | 1-0 S
S (0:36) Willie Sanchez from John Redgate | 2-0 S
S (13:22) Greg Dgheim from Ian Adler and Kevin Haggerty | 3-0 S
Suffern: John Costa (1G); Willie Sanchez (1G); Greg Dgheim (1G); Robert Clark (1A); John Redgate, (1A); Ian Adler (1A); Kevin Haggerty (1A)
Mamaroneck: Brett Poniros (26 saves)
Suffern: Tyler Stark (12 saves)
Mamaroneck 1 5 6 12
Suffern 10 11 11 32
Follow Robert Lieber on Twitter: MSGV_RjLieber | Email him at RLIEBER@cablevision.com