Garnets, Titans advance

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.

Rye skated past Hendrick Hudson on Feb. 18, exploding for three goals in the third period to advance to the second round. The Garnets’ neighbors from Rye Town/Harrison also advanced. Photo/Mike Smith

Rye skated past Hendrick Hudson on Feb. 18, exploding for three goals in the third period to advance to the second round. The Garnets’ neighbors from Rye Town/Harrison also advanced. Photo/Mike Smith

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

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Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.