SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School ice hockey team ended its regular season with a three-game winning streak, knocking off Gov. Livingston, 9-4, and Bayonne, 3-2, this week after taking down the A.L. Johnson Crusaders last Sunday, providing momentum as they head into the Union County Tournament.
The Raiders’ fourth-place finish in the UCIHL makes them the fourth seed and gets them a rematch against the fifth seeded Crusaders whom they beat 4-2 earlier in the season. In the last league game of the year game against Gov. Livingston, the Highlanders werehamstrung from the start as their first string goalie was out with a broken thumb.
The Raiders took advantage of that right away, with senior Eric Hogan striking for two quick goals. Raider senior goalie Alex Montagna was holding his own and it was all Raiders from then on as several junior varsity players got a good taste of varsity action. In their last regular season game against Bayonne, the Raiders and Hogan struck first again building a 3-1 lead. They had to hold on for the win though, after Bayonne pulled their goalie to get within a goal at 3-2.
The Raiders had a chance to get one last win against Johnson in the first round of the county tournament and might have had senior captain Michael Rothman back in the lineup. Rothman suffered a concussion several weeks ago, but was cleared for practice last week and would given the Raiders a big boost if he could have played. After Johnson, next up would have been the 18th-ranked, 2012 state champions and 2013-14 UCIHL first-place Summit Hilltoppers who finished with a county record of 11-0-1.
Pending another “Miracle on Ice” for the Raiders, a Summit-Westfield county final would be in order unless Cranford could pull off an upset against the Blue Devils in the semifinals. The Raider Icers and the SPF Ice Hockey Association would like to thank everyone who supported the team this year whether it was cheering them on, donating to a canister drive, buying a raffle ticket or chuck-a-puck. Please keep following the SPFHS Raider Icers at www.leaguelineup.com/spficehockey and the state playoffs for all New Jersey high school hockey at www.njhockey.org.
Trevor Skanes is a senior at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School and has a passion for the field of journalism. This is his third year on staff at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s newspaper, The Fanscotian. Trevor was the sports editor last year and now is one of the editors-in-chiefs for the newspaper. Last year, Trevor won an award from GSSPA, for best news story in division B in the state of New Jersey. For the school year 2013-2014, Trevor will be the sports editor of the Scotch Plains Edition of the Alternative Press and will write the SPFHS Sports Wrap Up every week.
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