MOUNT VERNON – Scarsdale only needed a little redirection after falling behind early.
The Raiders had a frank discussion when the first period came to a close with Liverpool holding a 2-0 lead on Saturday at the Ice Hutch, then came out with a new approach. It paid immediate dividends.
Devon Schell got things rolling with a second-period hat trick for Scarsdale, which maintained forward momentum with a 6-3 win over the Warriors.
“We did have a talk,” Raiders coach Jim Mancuso said. “We were getting shots, but we really weren’t getting many scoring opportunities.”
Schell got the six-goal run started, and then James Nicholas tied matters, 2-2, with 4:30 to go in the period. There was no letup. Schell added two more in the last 3:40 of the second to make it a 4-2 game.
“We were all over them,” Mancuso said. “We outshot them 13-7 in the second, but they didn’t have many chances in the first several minutes. They’re goalie played well. We started moving the puck and really looking for the open man.
“And then we put the puck on his stick instead of his feet.”
The defense also upped the intensity. Schell and Nicholas each tacked one more goal on in the third period. Matt Blakely finished with three assists, and Raiders goalie Gabe Harousseau made 24 saves. A netminder rotation that includes Anton Zock is working right now for Scarsdale, which has won four in a row since an opening-night loss to Pearl River.
“On Friday night, Anton had the shutout and Gabe played well today,” Mancuso said. “Competition is a good thing, especially with goaltenders. One of them is going to get hot, hopefully the second week of February.
Best of the rest: Mahopac improved to 4-0 with a 3-1 victory at Saranac Lake. Tommy Kirincic scored in the opening minute of the game when the puck glanced off a defender, then made it 2-0 with a power-play goal in the last minute of the first period. Matt Stefunek extended the lead with a 5-on-3 goal after the Red Storm closed to 2-1. “We came out flying,” Mahopac coach Chris Lombardo said. “We played well and out-shot them 14-2 in the first period. I think we caught them by surprise, and they came out more physical in the second and third periods, but we responded well.”
(Photo: Devon Schell/Journal News file)