By Mike Dougherty
YONKERS – The first order of business was showing off the banner that’s hanging on the back wall at E.J. Murray Skating Center to commemorate last season’s run to Utica.
And then Scarsdale got back to work.
The defending Section 1 champion Raiders were all over New Rochelle in an instant Monday, firing 20 shots in the direction of Huguenots goalie Arthur Liebowitz in the first period. It took a couple of shifts before they finally broke through, but they were relentless in a 7-0 win to open the season.
“It’s great to start like this, to get all four lines rolling,” Scarsdale forward Devon Schell said. “Coming out burying goals right away was great.”
The puck was moving right from the start, maybe a little too much. Liebowitz was getting in the way of everything he could. The Raiders had two power plays in four minutes and came up empty. And then freshman Martin McDonald scored his first varsity goal.
So much for James Nicholas and Schell being forced to carry the scoring load.
“We love it,” Schell said. “We don’t want to be the only scorers. We want everyone scoring. We want all of our lines contributing. When a third-liner, a freshman comes down and scores, it’s great for us. We’re really deep this year. I think we brought in a lot of good players, and some of the younger players are stepping up. They understand their roles. They understand it’s harder to win the second time than it was the first time.”
Stephen Nicholas wound up between the circles and got the next one.
The lead was 3-0 after James Nicholas got loose in the neutral zone and came in with enough time and space to show off the stick skills. It was the 200th point of his varsity career.
“It’s an honor to have 200 points in my career so far,” said the reigning Lohud player of the year, who had two goals and an assist. “We needed to come out here and get our feet moving, and I think we did.”
A showdown with Shenendehowa is up next.
Scarsdale, which knocked off the Section 2 champion in a regional final on the way to the NYSPHSAA semifinals, is hosting the game Friday at 5:50 p.m.
“We’ve got a bunch of new kids — Sam Stemerman, Martin McDonald, Jonathan Schwartz, and then Anton Zock is playing forward,” Nicholas said. “They’re going to be a big part of what we do. Schwartz and McDonald got their first varsity goals. Zock and Stemerman had assists. So I think we’re starting to come together.”
Photos by Matt Brown/The Journal News