Suffern cruises past North Rockland into Section 1 final

Suffern cruises past North Rockland into Section 1 final

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Suffern cruises past North Rockland into Section 1 final

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Suffern's CJ Greco (23) and North Rockland's Chris Vasquez (80) fight for control of the puck during the first period Section 1 Division 1 semifinal hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern’s CJ Greco (23) and North Rockland’s Chris Vasquez (80) fight for control of the puck during the first period Section 1 Division 1 semifinal hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern celebrates its first goal in the first period of against North Rockland during a Section 1 Division 1 semifinal Sport-O-Rama in Monsey Friday.

Suffern celebrates its first goal in the first period of against North Rockland during a Section 1 Division 1 semifinal Sport-O-Rama in Monsey Friday.

Suffern's Troy Daniels (19) pushes the puck past North Rockland's Justin Miklos (8) in the first period during the first period Section 1 Division 1 semifinal hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern’s Troy Daniels (19) pushes the puck past North Rockland’s Justin Miklos (8) in the first period during the first period Section 1 Division 1 semifinal hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern's Kyle Foresta (21) and North Rockland's Steven Apicella (21) fight for control of the puck during the first period Section 1 Division 1 semifinal hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern’s Kyle Foresta (21) and North Rockland’s Steven Apicella (21) fight for control of the puck during the first period Section 1 Division 1 semifinal hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern's Kyle Foresta (21) and North Rockland's Steven Apicella (21) fight for control of the puck during the first period Section 1 Division 1 semifinal hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern’s Kyle Foresta (21) and North Rockland’s Steven Apicella (21) fight for control of the puck during the first period Section 1 Division 1 semifinal hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern's Troy Daniels (19) pushes the puck past North Rockland's Justin Miklos (8) in the first period during the first period Section 1 Division 1 semifinal hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern’s Troy Daniels (19) pushes the puck past North Rockland’s Justin Miklos (8) in the first period during the first period Section 1 Division 1 semifinal hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern celebrates their first goal in the first period of game action against North Rockland during Section 1 Division 1 semifinal of hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern celebrates their first goal in the first period of game action against North Rockland during Section 1 Division 1 semifinal of hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern's CJ Greco (23) and North Rockland's Chris Vasquez (80) fight for control of the puck during the first period Section 1 Division 1 semifinal hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

Suffern’s CJ Greco (23) and North Rockland’s Chris Vasquez (80) fight for control of the puck during the first period Section 1 Division 1 semifinal hockey at the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey at Feb. 26, 2016.

MONSEY – It’s like eminent domain on ice.

When there’s an opportunity to play for another Section 1 championship on the line, Suffern moves in quickly. An impressive 5-0 win over North Rockland in a Division 1 semifinal Friday at Sport-O-Rama sent the Mounties to their sixth title game in a row.

The next step is raising a trophy in celebration.

Suffern won three sectional titles in a row before losing to Scarsdale in 2014 and 2015. That’s a long time between championships for this program.

“It’s definitely on the list of things we’re looking to do,” said Mounties forward Reed Stark, who scored a pair of goals. “It’s definitely important for all of us to win that game.”

Suffern will face off against a familiar opponent, Mamaroneck. The forever rivals meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Brewster Ice Arena.

“Those competitive games are always the best,” Mounties defenseman Troy Daniels said. “We’ll do all we can, hopefully come out and play our best and get a few bounces. Either way, it’s going to be a great time.”

There was plenty of buildup for this game on social media and the line to get in numbered more than 200 some 15 minutes before puck drop. Elbow room was a commodity in both student sections.

And there was plenty of noise.

Stark launched the Suffern faithful when he took aim from the left circle during a 4-on-4 stretch three minutes in. Red Raiders goalie Kenny Hoppe made the initial stop, but was unable to control the puck, which slowly wobbled across the line.

The first period was otherwise a back-and-forth affair.

“It was a huge goal and C.J. Greco set him up with a really nice pass,” Suffern coach Rob Schelling said.

North Rockland came off the ice a little angry. The competitive fire did not help much after the intermission.

The second-seeded Mounties went into domination mode.

An early penalty was killed off without incident, but the Red Raiders never had a chance to build momentum and spent the period chasing the puck.

Daniels put on a show with five minutes to go in the second, displaying all of his moves while powering up the left side with the puck. He drew a crowd at the net and somehow finished.

A sudden 2-0 deficit was a lot bigger than it looked on the scoreboard.

“Those are the best chances you can get,” Daniels said. “Everyone is out of position. Everyone is kind of flat-footed. You have to make the most of those.”

Player of the game: Daniels was skating with a new stick and playoff determination the entire game. He finished with two goals and two assists, but was just as impressive on the defensive end.

Turning point: The sixth-seeded Red Raiders were all fired up heading onto the ice for the second period, but a tripping penalty 70 seconds into the period let Suffern get momentum, and it never let up.

Stat line: David Rozitis had two assists for the Mounties. … Hoppe finished with 24 saves. … Suffern goalie Sean Gordon had 16 saves and has played six periods in the playoffs without giving up a goal.

Quotable: “Suffern really has a strong legacy,” Daniels said. “Losing to Scarsdale the last two years hurt. We’re hoping to get back on track with a win and keep it going.”

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