Victory over Colonia Highlights Week for SPF Hockey Team

Senior goalie, Alex Montagna, stopped all but one of Colonia's shots in a 2-1 win on 12/23 at the Warinanco Ice Rink.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Raider ice hockey team got a taste of winning over the holiday break, notching a 2-1 victory on Monday Dec. 23 against Colonia, but it didn’t last long. A post-holiday crash resulted in a 10-1 defeat to Ocean Township on Dec. 26. With no time to recover, the Raiders then suffered a 5-2 loss to the Monroe Falcons the next day.

The Raiders’ record stood at 1-3-1 going into the three-game stretch; the icers were ready to start turning things around and set the tempo for the rest of the season. Senior goalie Alex Montagna turned aside all but one of the Patriots’ shots in the Colonia game, and Davey Leong was on fire, scoring two goals for the Raiders. The day after Christmas was not so kind though, as the Spartans scored seven goals before the Raiders could answer once to the Ocean goalie. Four more Spartan goals in the third period and the Raiders had to swallow a tough 10-1 loss.

Looking to get the bad taste out of their mouths, the Raiders took on the Monroe Falcons the next night and goals by juniors John Bruckman and Davey Leong tied the score at 2-2 in the second period. Two minutes into the third period though, the Spartans forged ahead 3-2 and they put the game out of reach, scoring with 4:00 left in the game. An empty-netter at the buzzer gave the Falcons their 5-2 victory.

The Raiders will have a mountain to climb to get back on the winning track with their next games against Summit, ranked sixth in New Jersey, on Friday, Jan. 3 at Union Sports Arena at 4:10 p.m. and the perennially strong Westfield Blue Devils on Wednesday, Jan 8 at Warinanco at 8:30 p.m. Follow the Raider Icers at and all New Jersey high school hockey at

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.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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