In the first round of the Division 2 hockey playoffs on Feb. 18, Rye rode a strong third period to a decisive win over Hen Hud, downing the Sailors 5-2 at the Brewster Ice Arena.
With six minutes left and the score tied at two, Connor Hatch found the net to break the stalemate, propelling the Garnets to a three-point win.
Hatch would finish with two goals on the evening, while Andrew Urbanczyk, Connor McGovern and Jack O’Brien all scored as well. In 45 minutes of work, goalie Nat Deen made 12 stops on 14 shots.
With the win, the Garnets move on to the second round, where they will play Pearl River. Pearl River beat a young ETB team in its first-round matchup. Game time is scheduled for Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m., after press time.
On Monday, the Rye Town/Harrison Titans had little trouble with Byram Hills, beating the Bobcats 10-2 behind impressive performances from Ian Bass and Max Picker, who combined for five goals on the day. The Titans will play John Jay on Feb. 19 at the Brewster Ice Arena.
-Reporting by Mike Smith