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Pelham enjoys the chase more than most hockey teams.
After playing from behind most of the first two periods, the Pelicans scored four goals in a three-minute stretch of a decisive third period and walked off with a 7-4 win over the Raiders on Wednesday at the Ice Hutch.
“They were outplaying us, but we just took over,” senior defenseman Will Cullen said. “Ben Hurd got another big goal for us and the momentum went our way. I think Scarsdale was running two lines, so by the third period, they must’ve been gassed.”
It’s becoming a pattern.
Pelham (3-0-1) was never ahead of Shenendehowa on Friday until Hurd scored the overtime game-winner. James Nicholas and Matt Blakely had the Raiders (4-2) up 2-0 after one. It went back and fourth in the second until Blakely sent Scarsdale into the locker room with a 4-3 advantage.
The Pelicans really poured it on five minutes into the third. Hurd went short-side with a wrist shot to break the tie.
“It seemed like he looked them off, and might’ve caught the goalie moving,” Pelham coach Ed Witz said. “He ripped it. The kid’s a freshman, but he looks like he’s been on the team for 18 years.”
Cullen led the Pelicans with four goals, a breakout game.
“My teammates were finding me with a lot of good passes,” he said. “We hit the point a lot tonight. We moved the puck well, got it deep and chipped away in the corners.”
Andrew Schauer had three assists, reaching 100 points for his varsity career. Hogan Peters added two goals and an assist.
“He scored our first goal of the game and I don’t know how it even went in,” Cullen said. “It was some ridiculous, acrobatic, behind-the-back shot.”
Blakely had two goals and two assists for Scarsdale.
“I think we just wore them down,” Witz said. “That was our thought process. They have some really talented guys, and we played with 11 forwards, which is one of our huge advantages. After we got down 2-0, in the locker room we told them, “It’s OK. It’s a long game. Keep working. Keep hustling. Keep beating them to loose pucks.
“You’ve got to be able to play without anxiety when you’re behind. You can’t allow the scoreboard to dictate how you play. I’m proud of my guys that they were able to maintain it.”
(Photo: Will Cullen/The Journal News file)