Hockey: John Jay faces Greeley Saturday in battle for division lead

Shawn Smith charges up the ice during the John Jay hockey team’s win over Mahopac last Friday at Brewster Ice Arena. (Scott Mullin)

After a 4-4 tie with Somers/North Salem on Sunday resulted in the first blemish on the John Jay hockey team’s season record, the Indians came back on Tuesday to blow out Brewster, 8-0, at Brewster Ice Arena.

The win raised the Indians’ record to 12-0-1, and sets them up for their biggest game of the season on Saturday night (8:40) at Brewster Ice Arena, when they take on unbeaten Greeley.

The Quakers (11-0-2) and Indians are currently first and second, respectively, in the Section 1 Division 2 standings.

In Tuesday’s win, Shawn Smith tallied four goals to lead the Indians. Frazier Bostwick had two goals, with one goal each from Anthony Scapperotti and J.J. Morowitz. Jack Grimm had two assists, with single assists from Scapperotti, Mark Leprine, and Connor Moore.

Patrick White (37 minutes, three saves) and Jason Styles (eight minutes, no shots) combined in goal for the shutout. The Indians had a 39-3 advantage in shots on goal.

John Jay opened the past week with a 4-0 win over Mahopac on Friday in Brewster. Bostwick had big game with three goals and an assist, with Lucas Prestamo also scoring. Smith had two assists and John Tobin one assist.

Matt Lanza made 21 saves in goal for the shutout, as the Indians finished with a 32-21 edge in shots on goal. Mahopac dropped to 7-5 with the loss.

Sunday’s game was a back-and-forth affair, with Somers/North Salem and John Jay trading goals in their 4-4 tie.

“We didn’t do the little things necessary to win in a game like this. Their compete level was higher than ours,” commented head coach Alex Smith. “Give them credit. Somers played hard from the drop of the puck and they got very good goaltending.”

Tobin opened the scoring less than a minute into the game, off assists from Leprine and Smith. Somers/North Salem (10-3-2) answered with 3:24 left to make it 1-1 after one period.

John Jay went up 2-1 just 1:03 into the second period, with Grimm scoring off assists from Bostwick and Prestamo. The Sabers tied things up again at 12:38, and Grimm made it 3-2 with 3:56 left off a Thomas Blaney assist. Somers again answered, with a goal with 12 seconds left to make it 3-3 after two periods.

Somers/North Salem took its first lead of the night with 7:53 left to play, but the Indians answered just 11 seconds later to tie the game, with Moore scoring off assists from Grimm and Smith.

Neither team scored in overtime.

The Indians finished with a 43-21 advantage in shots on goal. Lanza had 17 saves for John Jay and Matt Rubenstein turned away 39 shots for the Sabers.

Grimm finished with two goals and an assist for John Jay, with Moore and Tobin also scoring. Smith had two assists, with other assists by Leprine, Bostwick, Prestamo and Blaney.

Match Lanyi, Wilson McCloy, Dave Rubenstein and Noah Hale scored for the Sabers.

“We gave up too much space in the neutral zone. Our backcheck was not as urgent as it needed to be,” coach Smith said. “I don’t think we gave Somers enough credit before the game. They are well-coached and outworked us. We need to learn from this game and get ready for Brewster.”

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