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Howie Rubenstein, White Plains

One can only imagine how White Plains (N.Y.) ice hockey coach Howie Rubenstein must have felt.

As he was on the bench leading the Tigers in the New York Section 1 Division 1 tournament, he undoubtedly watched with pride as his sons Matt and Dave also competed in the postseason playoff game. There was a twist, though: his sons were suited up for the opponents.

As reported by, Matt Rubenstein was the starting goalie for Somers/North Salem (N.Y.), while David Rubenstein was the leading scorer for the Sabers during the season. Father and coach prevailed, as White Plains won 8-5 Sunday to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.

"I don't even know how to describe this," coach Rubenstein told the website. "You really want to win, but you want to see your kids do well on the other side. It was a tough spot for us."

North Salem had five key players miss the game because they were on vacation, and the Tigers took advantage by scoring two early goals against Matt en route to the victory.

Coach Rubenstein said his sons handled the attention surrounding the matchup well, and there didn't seem to be any hard feelings afterward.

"We knew it was going to be hard to win," Dave told the website. "My dad wasn't laying back, either, because he thought we might pull off an upset."