As the hosts of the annual tournament at EJ Murray Memorial Skating Park, the Scarsdale Raiders reserve the right to invite whomever they please. After Saturday night, The Harvey School might be left off the guest list next year.
After a quiet first period, Harvey opened the floodgates with five goals over the final two periods and secured a 5-1 victory in the opening round of the 2012 Scarsdale Tournament.
“I was happy with the game because of the patience we had,” Harvey co-head coach Tim Halewicz said. “We were very disciplined today, we had a lot of power plays that we didn’t convert on but everybody just kept their cool and kept moving forward and we knew our time would come.”
The first period was marred by Scarsdale penalties. The Raiders committed six penalties and spent nearly 12 minutes at a one or two-man disadvantage. Fortunately for Scarsdale, they managed to kill of all of the penalties behind strong play from senior goalkeeper Connor Wolfe. Wolfe made 10 saves in the opening frame to keep his team in the mix.
When the first period ended scoreless, it seemed like the fans were in for a defensive struggle. That thought was put to rest immediately when Harvey senior forward Brett Marks pushed a Mike Morra cross past Wolfe just 1:04 into the second period.
Not to be outdone, Scarsdale fired right back just 36 seconds later when senior Jake Bank snuck a wrist shot past Harvey’s freshman goalie Robert Massimi.
That would be the only mistake of the day for Massimi. He gathered himself and shut the Raiders out for the rest of the way.
“Our team is playing terrific hockey,” Massimi said. “Our defense is playing really well and our offense is putting the puck in the back of the net.”
With the exception of Massimi, the Cavaliers start 5 seniors. On Saturday night however, it was the younger players stealing the show. Sophomore forward Robert Van Raamsdonk scored two goals, the first of which was a stunning breakaway in which he split two defenders and flipped the puck up over the shoulder of the Scarsdale keeper for a 2-1 lead with just 1:48 to go in the second.
“I have a lot of good leaders on the team and I try to follow how they play,” Van Raamsdonk said. “I just want to do whatever I can to make the team better.”
Just ten seconds later, Harvey’s senior captain Ricky Schulman corralled a loose puck in front of the net and scored to make it 3-1 at the break in favor of the Cavaliers.
In the first three minutes of the third period Van Raamsdonk netted a Russell Pober pass and senior Brandon Hickey took a Noah Vock outlet pass the distance for a short-handed goal and a 5-1 advantage.
Scarsdale could never find their rhythm on offense, perhaps as a result of having to kill off 10 penalties in the game. What’s interesting is that the Raiders were perfect on the penalty kill but gave up four even-strength goals and one short-handed goal.
The Raiders have lost five straight since a 3-0 start and are left looking for answers. They are a young team that starts just two seniors and though there is room for improvement, there is also time for that improvement to come.
“We try to make a perfect play instead of taking the easy shot and taking what they give us,” Scarsdale coach Jim Mancuso said. “We’re young and we’ve got to work hard to improve. We have plenty of games left.”
The Harvey School will face the winner of the Monroe-Woodbury/Fieldston matchup in the championship game Sunday night at 7:30pm. Scarsdale will face the loser of that game at 5:30pm in the consolation round.
After starting the season 3-0, Scarsdale has dropped five straight. The Harvey School came into the game following big wins over rivals Rye Country Day and St. Thomas More of Connecticut. This tournament marks one of the few times Harvey will make an appearance against a Section 1 team and they certainly took advantage.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Youth Movement: Harvey starts five seniors but it was freshman goalie Robert Massimi and sophomore forward Robert Van Raamsdonk coming up big on Saturday night. Van Raamsdonk scored two goals, including the eventual game-winner. Massimi had 19 saves to seal the win.
2. Man-Down Meltdown: Scarsdale had ten penalties, including six in the first period alone. Harvey never managed to score a power-play goal but the constant penalty killing stifled the Scarsdale offensive attack.
3. Open and Close: Scarsdale allowed goals in the opening and closing moments of the second period as well as the opening of the third period. Harvey scored once in the first two minutes of the second and twice more in the final two minutes. They then added two more right away in the third. These goals had to be demoralizing for the Raiders coming in and out of the breaks like they did.
Harvey (13:56) Brett Marks from Mike Morra – 1-0 HARVEY
Scarsdale (13:20) Jake Bank – 1-1 SCARSDALE
Harvey (01:48) Robert Van Raamsdonk – 2-1 HARVEY
Harvey (01:38) Ricky Schulman – 3-1 HARVEY
Harvey (13:26) Van Raamsdonk from Russell Pober – 4-1 HARVEY
Harvey (12:02) Brandon Hickey from Noah Vock – 5-1 HARVEY
Harvey: Robert Van Raamsdonk (2G); Brett Marks (1G); Mike Morra (1A)
Scarsdale: Jake Bank (1G)
Harvey: Robert Massimi (19 saves, 1 goal against)
Scarsdale: Connor Wolfe (28 saves, 5 goals against)
Harvey: 10 13 10 33
Scarsdale: 5 9 6 20