By Mike Dougherty
MONSEY – Suffern is officially back up to speed.
A month after wiping out in practice and suffering a leg injury when he crashed into the post, Michael Redgate is up to his old tricks. The crafty senior forward was all over the score sheet Friday at Sport-O-Rama, leading the Mounties to a 3-1 win over Mamaroneck.
Those 30 stitches are a distant memory.
“I felt really good in practice this week,” said Redgate, who finished with a goal and two assists. “I could definitely cut and make all the moves I need to.”
Dealing with three impact players can be problematic for opponents.
“It’s great playing on a line with Michael Redgate,” said Justin Tiso, who had a goal and an assist. “He’s amazing, one of the best hockey players in the state. And C.J. Greco completes that line. We are finally getting things rolling and it’s a great time to do that.”
The Tigers have spent the last 10 days lamenting a 4-3 overtime loss to Suffern at Hommocks Park Ice Rink. A couple of mistakes with the puck overshadowed an otherwise impressive performance in a rivalry that produces drama every season.
For the second week in a row, the rink was packed.
Mamaroneck (12-6-1) was more careful this time, making sure to clear the puck smartly. Help was in position each time Tiso or Redgate accelerated up the ice looking to make something happen before the defensemen could set up.
The execution was flawless until the final seconds of the first period.
Redgate caught a defenseman too deep in the offensive zone and was broke out clean. He got the attention of the other defenseman, holding the puck until Tiso had a good angle.
It was a 1-0 game before the Tigers were able to say a single bad word.
Will Arbo helped Mamaroneck regroup, depositing a rebound early in the second. The rest of the period was a tug of war. Suffern did have a four-minute power play, but spent much of that time chasing down the puck.
Again, there were chances against the Mounties, but nothing else got by Sean Gordon.
“We practiced shooting all week,” Tigers coach Mike Chiapparelli said. “We outshot them again, but you have to put the puck in the net.”
Redgate showed more patience when he slowed up and set up Greco with 41 seconds to play in the period, giving Suffern a 2-1 lead. Tiso went around the net two minutes into the third and slipped the puck across to Redgate for the final score of the game.
“We knew it was going to take a couple of weeks to get Michael back in game shape,” Mounties coach Rob Schelling said. “We’re playing better now. It’s a long season. We’re getting back to full strength and the kids are stepping up.”