YONKERS – People are starting to talk.
Sam Seltzer made 30 saves to lock down another upset for Scarsdale, which celebrated a 2-0 victory over Clarkstown on Sunday in the first game of the Raiders’ tournament at E.J. Murray Skating Center.
The sophomore goaltender is beginning to get a reputation.
“Numerous times from the bench, I said, ‘Oh, boy. There’s one goal. Oh, boy. There’s another goal. Oh, boy. This shot’s got to go in.’ ” Scarsdale coach Jim Mancuso said. “And Sam kept throwing legs, arms, feet, head, chest. Whatever he had available, he threw it at the puck and stopped it.”
Seltzer also came up with 38 saves in a 1-0 win over Suffern back in December.
“It’s great, I guess,” he said of the new-found status. “It doesn’t change my game. I don’t know whether it affects the other team, but it’s good to know I’m making it hard for other people to score against us.”
The Raiders managed just 14 shots, but netted a pair of goals early on.
Mike Schur got the first one to go three minutes in. Jonathan Schwartz scored the second nine minutes in.
The primary assist on both goals came from Jack Brosgal.
“The credit for that goal has to go to Jack, honestly,” Schwartz said. “We both came in at the same time and he waited at the blue line when I came to the net. He waited, waited, waited until I was open and then passed the puck to me and I flipped it top left. It bounced off their player and kind of floated in.”
Seltzer did the rest with lots of help from his scrambling teammates
“They were better early without a doubt,” Clarkstown coach Rich Willows said. “We knew what we had to do coming in here. We knew we had to beat this goalie, and he stood on his head. Not for nothing, they took three goals back from us. The net was clearly off on one of them, but the other two, I don’t know.”
Player of the game: Seltzer was really, really good start to finish. He clearly loves to play good hockey teams from Rockland County.
“Everything he is doing, he is the key to our success,” Schwartz said.
Turning point: After the first Clarkstown goal was disallowed because the net came off in the second period, the visitors began to employ a little anger. The pressure on Seltzer increased exponentially, but the Raiders did not let anything go in.
Stat line: The Raiders were out=shot 25-9 in the second and third periods. … Martin McDonald also had a Scarsdale assist. … The Raiders have won four in a row.
Quotable: “We did everything we needed to do short of putting the puck in the net where they actually counted it,” Clarkstown coach Rich Willows said.