Two Hockey Teams Coming Together for One Great Cause
The Byram Hills Bobcats faced-off against the John Jay Indians in the 6th Annual “Pink the Rink Game” on Thursday, Feb. 8 at Brewster Ice Arena in New York.
I had been looking forward to this match-up as both teams are near the top of Division 2 here in Section I. The evening featured a bake sale and chuck-a-puck while special “pink team apparel” was available for purchase. I was there on behalf of the Bobcats as a special guest public address announcer and in-house DJ which afforded me an excellent view of the night’s action.
The evening began with Byram Hills Athletic Director Rob Castagna welcoming everyone to the event. He would
serve as emcee for the night.
David Browne got the Indians on the board early in the first period, assisted by John McKeon, at the 14:45 mark, followed by Alex Stark with another unassisted tally at 10:47. John Jay closed out the period with one more goal, this time it was McKeon lighting the lamp with an assist from Browne, to make it 3-0 after one period of play.
The Bobcats responded with the only two goals of the second period as Mike Salandra cut into the deficit when he found the back of the net 1:58 into the frame, assisted by Ethan Behar and Michal DiMarco. Behar made it a one-goal game at 6:24 when he buried the puck with an assist by Casey Begleiter to make it 3-2 after two.
The Bobcats came out hungry in the third for a goal and got it when Behar scored his second of the game, unassisted, with 4:36 into the finale frame to tie the game to tie it up at 3-3.
Not too long after, however, Chase Goldman returned the lead back to Byram Hills when he scored the go-ahead goal with 8:24 remaining in regulation. The unassisted effort proved decisive as John Jay skated to a 4-3 victory.
As Rob Castagna presented the team with a check, I could tell by the looks on the faces of some the Bobcats players, there was a sense of “unfinished business.” Here’s hoping these two teams meet up again in the 2018 D2 playoffs!
The real winner of the evening, however, was the American Cancer Society and the Breast Cancer Division as it was announced $10,000 was raised that evening. I fully expect this number to increase as donations were still being accepted online.
Bobcats head coach, A.J. Cloherty summed it up best.
“Two great teams coming together for one great cause and we got to play a hockey game as well,” Cloherty said. “This game just keeps getting bigger and the addition of John Jay adds to the importance of the game as well. While we didn’t come out on the winning side of things, we feel that it was a great preview of what the D2 playofffs will provide fans of high school hockey in 2018. $10,000 in back-to-back years is something we should be proud of at Byram. The community is very supportive and we couldn’t ask for more from parents.”
Written By Travis W. Jackson / @TravJax71
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Main Image: “Pink the Rink” team picture at Bewster Ice Arena. (Photo courtesy of Charity Turner)
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