Benefiting “The Wheelchair Sports Federation,” hundreds of fans braved the frigid temperatures to cheer on the host Tigers of White Plains as they welcomed the visiting Titans of Rye Town/Harrison in the 2nd annual “Mayor’s Cup.”
Both communities know how to support their local puck squads!
The evening featured a Sled Hockey Game between the N.Y. Rangers’ Sled Hockey Team versus the Connecticut Wolfpack Sled Hockey Team at 6:30 before the varsity tilt at Ebersole Ice Rink in White Plains, N.Y. on January 13.
New York Rangers’ legend Adam Graves was the guest of honor and participated in the ceremonial puck drop at the event which featured a silent auction and quite a few autographed sports memorabilia items from NHL, NFL, NBA and MLB superstars. The lobby was filled to the brim as fans came out in droves to participate along with special events including a 50/50 Raffle, Chuck-A-Puck and a Gift Basket Raffle as well.
I actually won two sticks! Going to donate one to a local hockey rink near me and I’m keeping the autographed Colton Orr one!
In the first period, stud forward James Carrier got the Tigers on the board with 8:44 remaining in the period. White Plains held on to the lead entering the first intermission after Justin Schultz made close to a dozen saves, some of them the spectacular variety.
Joey Harrison finally broke through and scored one on Schultz on a breakaway with 5:13 to go in the second period and Jack Shaprio added another goal with 2:08 to go in the middle frame as it appeared the Tigers had difficulty keeping the puck out of their own end.
Matt Milone and Kieran Storch connected 5:03 apart in the third period, at 14:04 and 9:01, respectively, to officially finish off the Tigers.
The Titans defeated the Tigers by a final score of 4-1, but the real winner of the evening was the “Wheelchair Sports Federation,” a national non-profit organization that provides disabled and wheelchair-bound adults and youth the opportunity to play adaptive sports both recreationally and competitively.
It had to be an incredibly strange feeling for first-year Titans coach, Rich Myers, whose sons Rich and John both play for the Tigers. I can imagine it was somewhat bittersweet for him as his youngest son, Rich, has been out for most of the season with a fractured leg.
Written By Travis W. Jackson / @travjax71
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