Even before skating onto the Edward Bennett Rink on Friday evening, the Amity Spartans knew that they had a battle ahead of them going up against an undefeated division 1 team from Scarsdale New York.
The first period was a heartbreaker for Amity. The Raiders wasted no time posting on the scoreboard with Captain James Nicholas (#16) making his first of four goals at :33 on an assist from Devon Schell (#15).
The Raiders showed Amity why they are undefeated, firing on Spartan goalie Tyler Cole (#30). Then, at 5:07 Stephen Nicholas (#17) scored, assisted by Sam Stemerman (#3).
Less than 2 minutes later Stephen Nicholas added another point on an assist from Michael Roberts (#2); and a minute after that James Nicholas and Schell repeated their moves from the game’s initial point; just two minutes later James Nicholas got his hat trick on an assist from Dunkan Hindmarch (#5). Ending the first period at 5-0.
Scarsdale Freshman Sam Seltzer (#1) made 5 saves; Cole made 12 saves.
The second period action was fast and furious with Cole deflecting the puck on every shot until the duo of Nicholas and Schell got one past him at 9:15.
Four minutes later, Hindmarch scored for the Raiders on assists from Jonathan Schwartz (#29) and Blake Ruggert (#24), broadening their lead to 7-0.
Finally, :48 later with only :32.1 remaining in the middle period, Amity Senior Zach Shelnitz (#8) snapped one in past a stunned Raiders goal keeper Gabriel Harousseau (#30). Amity fans saw it go into the net, Shelnitz saw it get by the goalie, but the two referees stopped to discuss it before making their call, which seemed to take forever. (See video on the Orange Live Facebook page).
Spartans fans roared when the decision went their way.
Second period score 7-1.
Harousseau made 7 saves; Cole made 11.
Unless you were in the locker room, you don’t know what the Spartans coaches said after they left the ice, but when the boys came back in the third period, they were on fire, playing a lot like the 2013-14 team.
Skating fast and furious, passing, intercepting and shooting like they never have this season.
Just 4:19 into the period, Nick DeGennaro (#5), scored for the Spartans, assisted by Dalton Luciani (#28).
To everyone’s amazement, Amity scored on a pass from Mac Deane (#22) to Shelnitz.
A little more than 5 minutes later at 12:06 Scarsdale got its 8th and final goal, with Jake Zurkow (#11) scoring off an assist from Stephen Nicholas.
With 2:14 remaining in the game, Shelnitz got a hat trick, assisted by Jeremy Cable (#14) and Kevin Ryan (#9).
Scarsdale outshot Amity 40-22.
With this 8-4 victory, they remain undefeated.
Amity’s record is 2-1-9.
The Spartans play Guilford (3-5) in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. (In December, Amity defeated Guilford 7-2)