Spent the day at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon. Well, I book-ended the day there, starting with the 7 a.m. — that’s right, a.m. — Hudson Valley-Central game (Central won 4-3.)
On this long, hot, humid day the ice held up pretty well. Oh, there were some ice issues, and it was soft and puddly, but some NHL rinks Ã¢â‚¬â€ we wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mention any names Ã¢â‚¬â€ canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do good ice in the dead of winter.
Speaking of that, I want to clear up something I wrote Friday in The Journal News and on LoHud.com, when I said the Ice Hutch was an embarrassing venue.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“EmbarrassingÃ¢â‚¬? was a poor choice of words. The point was, with all the newer and in some cases state-of-the-art rinks in the area, and with all the first-rate facilities being used in other sports in these Games, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a shame another arena wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t available, or that the state or the county couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give the old, dark Ice Hutch a facelift.
The Ice Hutch is no worse than most of the older rinks in the area, and the staff has done everything to make it a decent venue, freshly painted and clean.
The rink itself is fine, and so has been the hockey.
I wrote a column for tomorrow about Hudson Valley’s long day, a double-header of games at the crack of dawn and another at dusk — a 5-3 win over New York City that began at 6 p.m.
Today Hudson Valley has it easy. Yeah, right. A noon game against Western, which has won seven straight ESG gold medals and 19 in 25 years. There are still some variables to be finalized, but Hudson Valley will have a medal by the end of tomorrow, and could possibly have gold.
Western beat Long Island 6-4 in the last game tonight, to go to 4-0. Hudson Valley and Central are both 3-1. Any two-way tie will be decided simply by the head-to-head result, which means Hudson Valley loses a two-way tie with Central. But if it ends in a two-way tie with Western, via a win tomorrow, HV gets the gold.
More likely, if HV beats Western, there will be a three-way tie including Central. If that happens, then it comes down to the fewest number of goals allowed in the two games against the other teams in the tie. Western beat Central 6-3, and Central beat Hudson Valley 4-3, so Central’s tiebreaker number is nine goals allowed, Hudson Valley’s four and Western’s three going into the HV-Western game. Of course, if Western beats Hudson Valley, everything is moot. Western gets gold, Central gets silver and Hudson Valley gets bronze.