Don’t ask Jim Mancuso to pick Lotto numbers for you.
The Scarsdale coach went into Friday night’s game vs. Suffern singing the Mounties’ praises.
“They play good defense. They have great depth. They play so well together. Just when you think you’re by them and have them beaten, they put the knife in,” Mancuso said.
Well, normally. But Friday night at Sport-O-Rama belonged to the underdog.
After squandering a two-goal lead, Scarsdale did what once had been unthinkable, beating the Mounties on their home ice in overtime. Junior Devon Schell scored his second goal of the game with just 17.5 seconds left in OT, ending the end-to-end, high-octane fun with the Raiders winning 3-2.
The goal, which came right after Suffern’s rush had been stopped at the blue line by Michael Roberts, found Schell and senior Matt Blakley totally alone on goalie Nick Modica’s doorstep. Blakley, who also scored Scarsdale’s first goal of the game, shuffled the puck across to Schell for the game winner.
To that point, the game had been a battle between Modica, who finished with 25 saves, and Scarsdale’s Gabe Harousseau, who had 29.
Scarsdale (13-3) jumped out to a 1-0 first-period lead on Blakely’s high wrister.
Scarsdale doubled that with 1:30 left in the second period on Tom Brennan’s deflection of a Kevin Hill shot. But Suffern came on strong from there and cashed in on its fourth power play when senior Tom Brennan found the back of the net with 33.2 seconds left in the period.
Until that point, Harousseau, who’d won the honor of facing the Mounties with good practices earlier in the week, had been a stone wall.
Suffern (13-3) appeared to tie the score at 1-1 with 29.7 seconds left in the first period on a rebound chance after two fine Harousseau saves — one a spectacular behind-the-back denial. But the goal was disallowed because a Mountie was in the net.
But Harousseau had no such luck as Suffern tied 2-2 early in the third period on Justin Tiso’s breakaway goal.
That was all the scoring until Schell rewrote his coach’s script with his dramatic winner for Scarsdale.