Hockey: Lanza stands tall in goal as Indians top Scarsdale

In a showdown between undefeated teams, it was the John Jay hockey team that emerged victorious as the Indians notched their biggest win of the season on Monday, 4-1, over Scarsdale at E.J. Murray Memorial Skating Park in Yonkers.

John Jay (10-0) got 25 saves in goal from Matt Lanza, while Jack Grimm had two goals and Frazier Bostwick and Thomas Blaney each scored one goal.

After a scoreless first period, in which John Jay had a 10-8 edge in shots on goal, the Indians went up 2-0 in the second period on goals by Grimm just 19 seconds in (Anthony Scapperotti assist) and Blaney with 3:22 left (Bostwick and Mark Leprine assists).

Scarsdale (6-1-1) cut the deficit to 2-1 when David Felix scored with 9:47 left in the third period, off a James Nicholas assist, but John Jay put the game away with unassisted goals by Bostwick at 5:34 and Grimm with two seconds left.

“Matt Lanza played very well. He controlled his crease and was very active with his stick,” commented head coach Alex Smith. “He made a crucial poke-check in the third period and cleared the puck out of trouble on a number of occasions.”

The Indians out-shot Scarsdale, 36-31.

“Scarsdale has a potent offense, and James Nicholas is very difficult to stop,” Smith said. “The guys bought into the game plan and tried to take time and space away from Scarsdale whenever we could.”

Smith said the Indians have no time to rest on their laurels, with big games this weekend against Mahopac (7-4) on Friday and Somers/North Salem (9-3-1) on Sunday.

“It’s good to win a hard-fought game, but now we have to forget about it and move on to the next game,” Smith commented. “We don’t want to get caught up in reading our own headlines. We’re 0-0 again on Friday.”

Gabe Harousseau made 27 saves in goal for the Raiders.

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