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Otay Ranch trips up Mesa League champion Eastlake in roller hockey playoffs Phillip Brents | Sat, Mar 12 2011 05:56 PM

Otay Ranch's Ryan Trego and Jonathan Managbanag finished as the 17-team CIF-Metro Conference's best scoring tandem during the 2010-11 roller hockey season. Trego tied Eastlake’s Jace White with 94 points for the conference scoring lead while Managbanag finished third with 77 points.

Trego finished the regular season with 59 goals and 35 assists while Managbanag totaled 51 goals and 26 assists. They were a danger to score from anywhere on the court — even from the opposite end of the rink.

The two scoring wizards combined for points on eight goals in a clutch 9-5 win over Hilltop in a final showdown between the teams on Feb. 17 to determine which squad would finish in second place in the Mesa League standings and earn the final berth for the 2011 Kiwanis Cup championship playoffs. Trego had six goals and one assist while Managbanag had one goal and two assists.

The team’s motivation was simple, Trego said. "We wanted to keep our season going into the playoffs and the only way we could do that was win that game," he said.

Otay Ranch received the No. 9 seed and drew eighth-seeded (and Mesa League champion) Eastlake in Tuesday's opening round. Trego was on the starting line but Managbanag was serving a suspension.

So, it was clutch time all over again for the Mustangs, who called on the team's younger players to step forward and produce. They did.

Freshman Cole Beatie scored two goals and sophomore Joey Parisi scored once to lead Otay Ranch to a 3-2 victory and a berth in Wednesday's quarterfinals against top-seeded Rancho Bernardo.

“Defense came first,” ORHS head coach Adrian Rodriguez said. “Our plan was to have our goalie play the game of his life, which he did. But defense came first.”

Sophomore netminder Gabe Beatie closed the door on the Titans’ season by allowing only a pair of goals to White, who concluded an otherwise scintillating senior campaign with 69 goals and 96 points.

White’s second goal closed the margin to one goal with 1:29 left in the game  to set up a frantic finish. But well-executed defensive play by the Mustangs made the one-goal victory stand up.
Trego finished the game with one assist, staying back to solidify his team’s defensive bulwark.

Cole Beatie ranked third on the Mustangs in the regular season with 28 goals and 15 assists, and his ice hockey expertise proved invaluable in Tuesday's playoff encounter. He notched the first goal of the game and later scored what proved to be the game-winning goal.

“It felt pretty good,” Beatie said. “It made me feel useful, like I was important to the team and can make a difference in games.”

Otay Ranch (12-10) closed out its season with a 13-2 loss to Rancho Bernardo on Wednesday. Eastlake ended its season 9-12 overall after finishing 7-1 in league play. 

In Tuesday’s other first round playoff game, seventh-seeded La Jolla Country Day (11-10) defeated 10th-seeded Mar Vista 18-1. The South Bay League champion Mariners finished the season 11-10, 10-2 in league play. Shanel Butler scored the lone MV goal --- to much cheering by the team’s ardent fan base.

Ryan Owsiany led the Torreys with seven goals and two assists while Scott Ibsen and Peter Kuetzing each collected four goals and three assists.

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