Scarsdale hockey makes another statement
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YONKERS, N.Y. — If Scarsdale's 3-1 win over Mamaroneck back on December 3 acted as a warning to the rest of Section 1, Monday's result against White Plains simply echoed it.
The Raiders (3-0) once again proved they will be a force to be reckoned with this season, scoring a convincing 6-3 win over the Tigers (3-3) at the Murray Memorial Skating Center.
“People thought it was a fluke game against Mamaroneck, but now we beat this team (White Plains) and Ryetown,” Scarsdale sophomore defenseman Rob Burns said.
Against White Plains, there was little the Raiders couldn't do. They outshot the Tigers 35-20 and dominated the ice for long stretches of the game.
“Everyone is working hard together,” said senior forward Travis Misarti, who gave Scarsdale a 1-0 lead off an assist from Burns with 9:09 left in the first period. “We have two lines that really work well together.”
And things really came together in the second period, when Scarsdale outscored White Plains 3-0 to grab a commanding 4-1 lead heading into the third. All three goals came within the first seven minutes and 31 seconds of the second period.
Raiders sophomore defenseman Sam Blakley sparked the surge at the 13:25 mark, burying the go-ahead goal on a nifty backhand shot that nestled into the top shelf. Senior Ian Klein pounced on a rebound in front to make it 3-1 at 9:43. Sophomore forward Hunter Jurman then capped off the three-goal run off in style, ripping a shorthanded goal off an assist from freshman forward Devon Schell (2A) with 7:29 left in the period.
“We had a bunch of goals from some of our top players,” Burns said of the decisive second-period explosion. “And that's what we need out of them when it comes down to that time.”
In the third period, Scarsdale picked up where it left off. Senior forward Jake Bank extended the lead to 5-1 at 10:51 off an assist from Sam Blakley.
At that point, White Plains — which defeated the Raiders 6-3 in last year's meeting — finally woke up. The Tigers responded to Bank's goal 34 seconds later. Freshmen forwards Mike Carrier (1G) and Matt Conroy (1A) combined on it to trim the deficit to 5-2. Senior forward Drew Sobo helped White Plains claw even closer, tallying an unassisted power-play goal to make it 5-3 with 3:22 left in regulation.
Sensing the game slipping away, Raiders coach Jim Mancuso immediately called a timeout.
“We started losing focus,” said Misarti, who also added an assist. “We called a timeout, took the momentum back and never let (White Plains) get too close.”
Scarsdale hunkered down over the final three minutes to avoid the epic meltdown. Sophomore defenseman Matt Blakley put a bow on the victory with 11 seconds left, slipping in an empty-netter off an assist from Schell.
With another big game against perennial Division 2 powerhouse Rye on Wednesday, the Raiders can't afford to bask in what was another big win.
While Scarsdale certainly looks like a legit D-2 contender, there are still plenty of skeptics out there to convert. Of course, a win over the Garnets — a team that shutout the Raiders 8-0 in 2010 — would go a long way in doing so.
“We are much different than last year,” Burns said. “We have a young team that works hard. Our first two lines can compete with anyone. We have a very good chance to do some damage this year.”
Based on the early returns, it would be tough to argue with such a statement.
GAME NOTES: Scarsdale freshman forward Devon Schell has totaled a team-high seven points (4G, 3A) … White Plains senior forward Paul Variano scored his team-high 11th goal of the year.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Scarsdale's standout young guns: The Raiders have a serious youth movement going on right now. And it was on full-display against White Plains. Underclassmen Sam Blakley (1G, 1A), Rob Burns (2A), Devon Schell (2A), Hunter Jurman (1G) and Matt Blakley (1G) combined for eight points. Overall, the five players have carried the load for Scarsdale in 2011, combining for eight goals and 11 assists. Needless to say, the production hasn't gone unnoticed by the veterans.“We had a lot of help from our freshmen and our young players,” senior captain Travis Misarti said.
2. Scarsdale's second-period explosion: In the span of seven minutes and 31 seconds at the start of the second period, the Raiders buried three goals to put the game out of reach. The fact there was almost no break between the first and second period — due to a malfunctioning Zamboni — hurt a White Plains squad short on depth. With its two evenly matched lines humming, Scarsdale stormed right past the Tigers.
3. White Plains struggles on power play: Like in its 2-0 loss to Mamaroneck back on December 1, the Tigers didn't take advantage of their power-play opportunities. They converted just one of six chances.
Scarsdale (9:09) Travis Misarti from Rob Burns | 1-0 Scarsdale *
White Plains (1:07) Paul Variano from Drew Sobo | 1-1
Scarsdale (13:25) Sam Blakley unassisted | 2-1 Scarsdale
Scarsdale (9:43) Ian Klein from Misarti and Burns | 3-1 Scarsdale
Scarsdale (7:29) Hunter Jurman from Devon Schell | 4-1 Scarsdale **
Scarsdale (10:51) Jake Bank from Sam Blakley | 5-1 Scarsdale
White Plains (10:17) Mike Carrier from Matt Conroy | 5-2 Scarsdale
White Plains (3:22) Sobo unassisted | 5-3 Scarsdale *
Scarsdale (0:11) Matt Blakley from Schell | 6-3 Scarsdale
* Indicates power-play goal
** Indicates shorthanded goal
White Plains: Drew Sobo (1G, 1A); Paul Variano (1G); Mike Carrier (1G); Matt Conroy (1G)
Scarsdale: Travis Misarti (1G, 1A); Sam Blakley (1G, 1A); Rob Burns (2A); Devon Schell (2A); Hunter Jurman (1G); Matt Blakley (1G); Ian Klein (1G); Jake Bank (1G)
White Plains: Chris Stangarone (29 saves)
Scarsdale: Connor Wolfe (17 saves)
White Plains 5 7 8 — 20
Scarsdale 13 11 11 — 35
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