Archive for the ‘RHS Ice Hockey’ Category

Vipers Show Fangs in State Title Run

April 25, 2011

Zack Coppola, Cal Hynson, and Ian Bass

Rye was represented well on the Bantam 96AA Westchester Vipers hockey team, which recently won the New York State Tier 2 U14 championship. The Garnets’ Cal Hynson, Rye Country Day’s Zack Coppola, Rye Resurrection’s Nicky Fiorentino, and Rye Town’s Ian Bass were all members, and helped qualify the team for the National Tournament in Buffalo.

Vipers: Zack Coppola, Cal Hynson, and Ian Bass

Pelicans Swoop In and Snatch Section Crown from Garnets

March 11, 2011

The Garnets averaged 4.5 goals per game this season, but came up empty when they needed one most. Sixth-seeded Pelham defeated Rye’s top-ranked hockey team 1-0 in the Division II Section championship February 27. It was the second time in three years the Garnets relinquished the Section crown to their rivals at Tate Rink in West Point.

Tommy Sullivan

Although the Pelicans held a 19-8 shots on goal advantage through two periods, the teams entered the final stanza knotted at 0-0. Pelham untied the score 1:59 into the third on a 2-on-1 break when freshman Andrew Schauer centered a perfect pass from the right wing to Will Donovan. Donovan, also a freshman, tapped the puck and it skipped high and past Rye’s Aaron Rix into the net.


Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

February 24, 2011

Two local teams were victorious in their first round playoff games Wednesday evening. The top-seeded Rye ice hockey team defeated No. 8 Somers/N.Salem 5-1. They advanced to the semifinals, where they’ll meet fourth-seeded Putnam Valley/Kennedy Friday night at Playland. Game time is set for 8:15 p.m.

The Rye Country Day boys’ basketball team defeated Greens Farms Academy by a score of 69-57 in the first round of the FAA playoffs. They next play Hamden Hall Friday on the road.

In the first round of the girls’ basketball FAA playoffs, Masters defeated Rye Country Day School, 43-38. Carolyn Binder led RCDS with 18 points and Meghan McDonough had nine points and 16 rebounds.


Rye Hockey Title Quest Begins Tonight

February 23, 2011

The Garnets, seeded No. 1 in the Division II Section playoffs, begin their quest for a fourth Section title in five years tonight against eighth-seeded Somers/N. Salem at 7:45 p.m. in the Ice Casino. If they win, they’ll play Friday at home in the Section semifinals.

“We’ve always had high expectations and this year is no different,” said senior captain Nick Rosenfield. “We have a good group of guys who are ready to make a run at States. We know we can make a push for it, because this team is built for it.”

Garnets Overpower Wildcats in Rivalry Game; Earn Top Seed in Sectionals

February 23, 2011

The Rye ice hockey team, seeded No. 1 in the Division II Section playoffs, entered the postseason exactly how they wanted to – on fire. The Garnets finished the regular season with six consecutive wins, 11 of 12 overall, including a “cherry-on-top” victory in the finale.

In the third annual battle for City of Rye supremacy, the Garnets (16-3-1) defeated Rye Country Day 5-4 at the Playland Ice Casino February 16. RHS held a 5-2 lead before the Wildcats cut the lead to two and then – after pulling their goalie – one with 20 seconds remaining.

Michael Benincasa goes after RCDS goalie Eric Herbst.

“It was a great win and it meant a lot for us to beat them, especially on senior night,” said Rye High head coach Jason Friesen, whose Garnets boast a 79-36-10 record since the start of the 2006-07 season. “It was an exciting game, and a meaningful one as well as far as getting ready for the playoffs.”


Garnets Respond to Pelham Loss with Five-Game Unbeaten Streak

January 28, 2011

Rye’s hockey team did not start 2011 the way they would have liked. Leading Pelham 2-1 with nine minutes to go at home January 5, the Garnets relinquished the lead and then the contest when the Pelicans swooped in for the game-winner late in the final period. The tilt had all the intensity of the rivals’ Section championship clashes from 2008 and 2009, and even concluded with a rowdy on-ice celebration.

Instead of going into a slump after that disappointing loss, Rye has responded in a fashion typical of the Jason Friesen era. The Garnets have posted a 4-0-1 record in their last five games, and now seem to be playing their best hockey of the season.

Cal Hynson and Chris Lipari

“The Pelham loss was definitely tough for all of us,” said senior captain Tommy Sullivan. “Everyone played with a lot of heart, but unfortunately we couldn’t come out with the win. We definitely learned from it, and are now playing with a chip on our shoulders that will help to fuel us in the future.”


Garnet Greats Get Back on the Ice to Support One of Their Own

January 12, 2011

It’s been five years since Andrew “Chowder” Kranichfeld last skated. But there he was December 27 at the Playland Ice Casino, led by his girlfriend out on the rink prior to the start of the Chowder Cup, a hockey scrimmage to raise support and funds for its namesake.

Kranichfeld, a 2003 graduate of Rye High School, went blind last year after a brain tumor was misdiagnosed. The tumor was discovered only two days after his mother, who battled leukemia for seven long years, passed away. A form of germinoma, the cancer was eventually treated, reducing it from over three centimeters in size. Now, after all the 26-year-old had endured in the last year, it was exhilarating to be back on the ice.


Inaugural RHS Ice Hockey Alumni Game Set for December

November 4, 2010

The Playland Ice Casino has been home to some of the greatest moments in Rye ice hockey history. On December 22, past and present members of the Garnet ice hockey family will descend on the historic site to celebrate those fond memories and create brand new ones in the first-ever Rye High School Alumni Game.


Paul Mundinger Named Lions Club Athlete of the Month

April 6, 2010

Paul Mundinger is a triple threat. The Rye senior is a gifted student in the classroom, generous with his time in the community and just put the finishing touches on a stellar season as captain for the ice hockey team. For his efforts in all three areas, Mundinger was selected as the Lions Club Athlete of the Month.

Paul Mundinger

Along with co-captain Taka Katsuta, Mundinger led the Garnets to a 15-6-3 record and the program’s third Section championship in four years. He finished the season with 30 goals and 28 assists, and was recently tabbed All-State Honorable Mention on top of his All-Section and All-League selections. The Lions Club nod was icing on the cake.


Garnets Get Their Due at Section 1 Awards Dinner

March 19, 2010

On March 16, several members of the Rye ice hockey team were given the awards they earned for their exceptional play during the 2009-10 season. Much thanks to the Rix family for passing along these photos of the honored Garnets.

Brian Powers, Aaron Rix, Coach Tom Bailey, Rob Holmes, Paul Mundinger, Coach Jason Friesen, Taka Katsuta, Nick Rosenfeld, Coach Peter Thomas

The graduating seniors, Paul Mundinger, Brian Powers and Taka Katsuta with the Howard Kosel Team Sportsmanship Award.