Yorktown 9, Chaminade 8, OT.
John Jay 11, Syosset 10, OT.
There were no league championships at stake in those two games today.
No sectional seedings were on the line either.
But both games had a playoff feel to them.
And for good reason. After all, this is why they play these games.
Though they may not have any tangible importance in terms of league standings or seeds, they are, in effect, playoff primers.
“This is the type of game you’re going to play in the playoffs,” Yorktown coach Dave Marr said after the ‘Huskers pulled out their dramatic win on Kevin Interlicchio’s unassisted goal 1:42 into overtime “To have a chance to play in the kind of pressure situations you’re going to see then I think really helps.”
So too does a schedule that features as many of the type of games as possible.
I have to admit. When I first saw John Jay’s schedule for this season back in the dead of winter, I had to wonder if it was a bit overly ambitious for a team that had 13 sophomores.
Maybe so. But that doesn’t mean coach Nick Savastano and the Indians didn’t make the a wise decision.
“I think we’re a better team because of the teams we played,” Savastano said.
After what I saw today, who could argue?
Check back for video highlights from both the Yorktown-Chaminade and John Jay-Syosset games and post-game video interviews.
Reach Joe Lombardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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