RTH, Mamaroneck fall

Joe Juliano tangles with a Stepinac player on Feb. 1. On Feb. 20, the Titans fell to John Jay in the second round of the Division I playoffs. Photo/Mike Smith

Joe Juliano tangles with a Stepinac player on Feb. 1. On Feb. 20, the Titans fell to John Jay in the second round of the Division I playoffs. Photo/Mike Smith

Both local hockey teams were eliminated in the early goings of the Section I hockey playoffs last week as the Titans fell to John Jay in the second round of the Division II finals and the Tigers lost to eventual Division I champion Scarsdale in first-round action.

Against the Raiders on Feb. 18, Mamaroneck’s season-long issue of finding the net reared its head, rendering the Tigers scoreless as the Raiders took control with a 3-0 win.

Tiger goalie Brian Carducci faced 27 shots on the afternoon, making 24 saves, but the Tiger offense couldn’t figure out Raiders’ netminder Gabe Harosseau despite managing 27 shots of its own.

The Raiders would go on to beat perennial favorite Suffern in the finals on Feb. 20, sending the Mounties packing with a 4-3 upset win.

RyeTown-Harrison was able to escape its first-round game with ease, but ran into eventual semifinalist John Jay in the second round, falling to the Cross-River team 5-2. Ian Bass and Mitchel Millbauer both found the net for the Titans, but John Jay’s offense proved too effective, peppering Titans goalie Brian Ketchabaw with an astounding 48 shots on the day.

Alex Ewald scores a goal during a Feb. 4 contest. The Tigers fell in the first round of the Division I playoffs to the eventual section champions from Scarsdale. Photo/Bobby Begun

Alex Ewald scores a goal during a Feb. 4 contest. The Tigers fell in the first round of the Division I playoffs to the eventual section champions from Scarsdale. Photo/Bobby Begun

John Jay was eventually stopped by Rye, who beat the Indians 6-3 on Feb. 21. Jack O’Brien led the Garnets in the semifinal game, beating John Jay goalie Matt Lanza three times.

-Reporting by Mike Smith

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