Mamaroneck goalie Tom Brill looked at the other end of the ice Friday night and saw a goalie he considers “unbelievable.”
And, with 37 saves on 40 chances, White Plains’ Chris Stangarone was pretty much that.
But in a Tigers-vs.-Tigers matchup, played before a nearly packed house at Hommocks Park Ice Rink, it was Brill who emerged with the win.
The Mamaroneck netminder stopped 18 shots in a 3-1 victory that evened Mamaroneck’s season mark at 4-4 and dropped White Plains to 7-2.
Officially, Trey Herlitz-Ferguson, Spencer Kupferberg and Ted Bellis scored for Mamaroneck, with Robert Morris (two) and Matt Fryer and Peter Conley getting the assists.
But White Plains coach Howard Rubenstein credited the refs with assists, too, arguing bad calls cost his team a possible comeback.
At issue was a tripping called on Kevin McGee with White Plains trailing 2-1 with 9:48 left in the third period.
That was the first of two quick penalties called on McGee, who tied the game at one in the first period with his 12th goal of the year.
But worse, in Rubenstein’s eyes, was an interference call on Liam Broderick with 4:13 left in the game.
The call came after Broderick finished a check.
“That was the worst call I’ve ever seen — ever,” Rubenstein said. “That was a clean and legal hit. … We’d just killed off two in a row and now we don’t have the opportunity to score.”
Instead, up a man, Mamaroneck put the game away with Bellis scoring off Fryer’s and Conley’s assists.
Mamaroneck coach Mike Chiapparelli smiled at Rubenstein’s assessment and said, “Tell him I didn’t get a power play all last game (a loss to Rye) and that was the same refs.”
Chiapparelli credited the win in part to his team’s tenacious forecheck and noted his team was “really flying around.”
That included in their own zone.
“We played great team defense,” Brill said.
A rare lapse was responsible for McGee’s goal, which came with 3:10 left in the first period after he picked off an ill-advised Mamaroneck pass across the slot.
But Brill was otherwise flawless.
His key saves included a left pad stop with 10:40 left in the third period after two of his teammates collided behind the end-line and a stop right in front on Mike Carrier with 7:58 left.
Stangarone, who entered the game with a miniscule 1.31 goals against average and an even more impressive save percentage of 95.5, said, “There were a lot more (shots) than I thought there’d be. … They’re always in front of the net… They just overpowered us. They kept the puck in so long we just got tired.”