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.”