The Harvey Cavaliers scored the first three goals of the game against White Plains High School Sunday night and held on for a 5-2 victory over the tournament hosts to win the Orange Division trophy in the annual Guy Mathews Thanksgiving Invitational at Ebersole Rink in White Plains. The victory capped a weekend of action that saw the Cavs open the tournament Friday with a 3-2 overtime win against Stepinac followed by a 12-2 drubbing of Horace Greeley High School Saturday to set Harvey up for the tournament championship Sunday.
The Cavs, coming off an offensive explosion against Greeley the day before, carried the momentum into the first period against White Plains, outshooting the Plainsmen 13-8. Harvey opened the scoring four minutes into the game when junior Brian Cicero tipped a James Mettler shot on the power play. Later in the period, Jude Brower found Cicero open on the back door with a great cross ice pass. Cicero’s second goal of the first period gave Harvey a 2-0 lead.
In the second period Tyler Lunny made a great individual play in beating the defenseman wide and then, from a bad angle, scoring on a short side shot to give the Cavaliers full command of the game. White Plains, looking to get back in the game, increased their efforts and took advantage of a power play midway through the period to score and cut the deficit to 3-1.
Harvey coach Alex Morse said the Plainsmen applied a lot of pressure on the Cavs in the second period. "They did a nice job of clamping down on our wings in our defensive zone,” said coach Morse. “They carried the play for most of the second period as a result," he added. The Cavs relied on their net minder Ryan Goodliffe to fend off White Plains. Goodliffe stopped 22 shots in the game.
Carrying the 3-1 lead into the final period, Harvey saw the Plainsmen inch a bit closer one minute into the third period as Goodliffe was beaten on the near post. With the Cavaliers seeing their lead trimmed to 3-2, they responded. Just under four minutes later, Lunny fed a rebound out to senior Kelly McMorrow who blasted a shot into the net her first career goal to give the Cavs some breathing room. "The team was so happy for Kelly, as she battles every day,” coach Morse said. “Her goal settled us down and couldn't have come at a better time."
Harvey played with possession of the puck for much of the remaining 10 minutes. The Cavs made good decisions with the puck and back-checked very well during the period. Sophomore Harley Cohen added an empty net goal with 2:28 remaining to cap the scoring and give Harvey its first tournament championship at White Plains.
Harvey now stands at 3-0 on the season and travels to rival King School Wednesday to open up FAA league play.
(Photo above: Hockey senior captains Jude Brower (left) and Cian Keohane (right) present Head of School Bill Knauer with tournament trophy at the school's Community Meeting, Monday, Nov, 27.)
(Photos below: (top) Harvey players celebrate James Mettler's game-winning goal in 3-2 overtime victory against Stepinac in the opening round of the weekend tournament Friday, Nov. 24. Credit: Mike Doughtery/Journal News)
(bottom) Michael Wolff scores first career goal in 12-2 victory over Greeley Saturday, Nov. 25; credit: Ari Perkins)