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By Mike Dougherty
UTICA – The best hockey season in school history did not end particularly well for Scarsdale.
Ithaca took full advantage of a lack of size and depth on the defensive end of the ice and posted a 6-4 win over the Raiders in a NYSPHSAA Division 1 semifinal at The Aud on Saturday.
The Raiders had a 31-16 advantage in shots on goal.
“It hurts. It hurts,” Scarsdale head coach Jim Mancuso said. “We asked them between the second and third period when the chips were down and the game was on the line, ‘You’ve got 15 minutes left. If you’ve got heart, this is when we need it. Give me 15 minutes of all you’ve got because that’s what it’s going to take. You can make the memory of a lifetime.’ And damn, they gave me everything they had. We outshot them 16-3. We outscored them 1-0. I couldn’t ask them to do anymore. I’ve never lost a game, in all my years, and been prouder of a team. … Tremendous.”
The Raiders were down 3-1 after the first period, and were struggling to match up defensively. It was a matter of pounds and inches. And there wasn’t any depth, either, with junior defenseman Michael Roberts out with pneumonia.
It was 6-3 after two periods, and Scarsdale kept the pressure on in a hectic third period, but could not solve Brandon Kasel in goal.
Stephen Nicholas scored with 6:36 to play to make it a two-goal deficit.
“We’ve never even won a sectional championship, let alone come to the semifinals of the state championships,” said James Nicholas, who had a second-period goal. “It’s a big accomplishment for our school and for our whole team. We should all be happy with what we did. … We were there. We had our chances. We took 16 shots in the third period and the goalie stood on his head. He just played a great game, and all-around stopped us, breakaways, point blank, everything.”
Matt Blakley and Devin Schell had the first two goals for Scarsdale, which finishes at 21-4.