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    Sabers Slip Past Scarsdale in Overtime

    by Isaac Cass on
    Tue, Feb 22, 2011 1:27 AM

    Updated Tue, Mar 22, 2011 10:37 PM
    Sabers Slip Past Scarsdale in Overtime
    Photo by Isaac Cass
     
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    BREWSTER, N.Y. — Mitch Lanyi played well beyond his years in the opening round of the Section 1 Division 2 playoffs on Monday at Brewster Ice Arena.
     
    The freshman winger scored a pair of goals, including the game winner with 32.7 seconds left in overtime, as No. 8-seeded Somers/North Salem edged No. 9-seeded Scarsdale, 4-3, in a down-to-the-wire thriller. The Sabers will square off against No. 1-seeded Rye in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Playland Ice Casino.
     
    The puck just popped out in the high slot, so I took it over my backhand and shot it,” Lanyi said of the game-winning play. “There wasn't much on it, but it went in.”
     
    According to Scarsdale coach Jim Mancuso, the Raiders got caught easing up in the tensest of moments.
     
    We were caught flat-footed and they were pressing, pressing, pressing,” Mancuso said. “We were standing around and watching. They just pressing. They wanted to end it right there. They didn't want to go to the next overtime.”
     
    Somers/North Salem's Ethan Bassin forced the overtime period, tying the game at 3-3 with 2:54 left in regulation.
     
    Based on the game's opening minutes, the sweat-inducing ending didn't seem to be in the cards. The Sabers started the game on fire, grabbing a 2-0 lead three minutes and 48 seconds into the opening period behind goals from David Rubenstein and Lanyi.
     
    We were still on the bus.,” Mancuso said of his team's slow start. “We stood around the first couple of minutes and they scored the two quick goals. We finally woke up at the end of the period.”
     
    The Raiders hit their stride in the second period, outscoring Somers/North Salem 3-0 to grab a 3-2 lead heading into the third. Jake Bank took center stage during the resurgent stretch, scoring both of his team-high two goals. Eric Staropoli added the third tally.
     
    After getting outshot 26-13 over the first two periods, the Sabers finally shot back into form during the third period and overtime. Somers/North Salem outshot Scarsdale 16-12 to closeout the game, showing a previously dormant sense of urgency.
     
    We were positive,” Lanyi said of the comeback. “We knew that we would come back. We came out fighting and played good.”
     
    The Sabers will have to play even better to beat Rye, which is the No. 7-ranked D-2 team in the state.
     
    We have to come out fighting like we did in the third period here,” Lanyi said. “I know that we are going to win. I know that we are going to do great.”
     
    BOX SCORE
     
    Somers/North Salem (7-11-3)
    2
    0
    1
    1
    4
    Scarsdale (7-13-1)
    0
    3
    0
    0
    3
     
    SCORING SUMMARY
     
    First Period
    SN (12:38) David Rubenstein unassisted | 1-0 SN
    SN (11:12) Mitch Lanyi from John DeMase | 2-0 SN
    Second Period
    SC (14:30) Eric Staropoli unassisted | 2-1 SN
    SC (8:00) Jake Bank from Sam Blakley | 3-2
    SC (2:11) Bank from Patrick Johnson | 3-2 SC
    Third Period
    SN (2:54) Ethan Bassin from Rubenstein and Jonathon De Meo | 3-3
    First Overtime
    SN (0:32) Lanyi from Matthew Holden | 4-3 SN
    * Indicates power-play goal
     
    TOP PERFORMERS
     
    Somers/North Salem: Mitch Lanyi (2G); David Rubenstein (1G, 1A); Ethan Bassin (1G); Jonathon De Meo (1A); John DeMase (1A); Matthew Holden (1A)
    Scarsdale: Jake Bank (2G);Eric Staropoli (1G); Sam Blakley (1A); Patrick Johnson (1A)
     
    SHOTS
     
    Somers/North Salem
    8
    5
    12
    4
    29
    Scarsdale
    10
    16
    8
    4
    38
     
    SAVES
     
    Somers/North Salem: Matt Rubenstein (35 saves)
    Scarsdale: Justin Halman (25 saves)
     
    Contact Isaac Cass at icass@cablevision.com | Follow him on Twitter at @MSGV_Icass
     

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