SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School 2019-2020 ice hockey season has begun. Coach Matt Gunther hopes to improve upon last year's disappointing performance that included a month-long losing streak in January. 

Key losses on the roster this year are Tim Lamberta, Will White, Jake Hogan, who graduated last spring. Gunther this year will look for leadership from captains David Lenart, Ryan Lamberta, and William Mauer, who is expected to be a major producer on offense this year. Between the pipes, there is a battle between Ryan Lamberta and Paulie Harris to be the top starter.  

"Our aspirations this year are to win the Kelly Cup  and to make the state playoffs," Gunther said in an interview with TAPintoSPF.
 
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This year the Raiders will have to come up big against the likes of Cranford, Colonia, Gov. Livingston, Johnson (Clark, NJ), Madison, Millburn, Nutley, Oratory Prep, Verona, West Orange, and Watchung Hills. (The Raiders' 2019-2020 schedule and roster follow below.)
 
Colonia 5 - Scotch Plains-Fanwood 3
ROSELLE, NJ -- In an action-packed first period of the team's opening game, Scotch Plains-Fanwood jumped out to a 1-0 first period lead when William Mauer scored on a pass from Joseph Decker at 8:20. The advantage was short-lived as Colonia's Dante Amato scored a power play goal with assists from Anthony Morrello and Anthony Sclafani a minute later to tie it, 1-1. The Raider David Lenart put his team ahead again, thanks to assists from Mauer and Lucas Mackey with 3:05 left, but Colonia again answered a minute later on a goal by Ryan Snyder with assists by Amato and John Beaumon.

After a scoreless second period, Lenart scored his second goal of the game in the opening minute of the third period. It held for much of the period before Colonia answered with goals by Sclafani (Amato, Logan Ponik)  and by Ponik (Amato, Sclafani) 2:43. Chris Ferguson capped the scoring with an empty netter with 23 seconds left to make the final score, 5-3.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders 2019-2020 Roster

  • Brian Noonan, Senior
  • Chris Womelsdorf, Senior
  • Colin Fitzgerald, Senior
  • David Lenart, Senior
  • Kyle Remo, Senior
  • Noah Staple, Senior
  • Ryan Ciarrocca, Senior
  • Ryan Dayton, Senior
  • Ryan Lamberta, Senior
  • Ryan Montagna, Senior
  • Joseph Decker, Junior
  • Lucas Mackey, Junior
  • Paul Harris, Junior
  • Vincent Cucci, Junior
  • William Mauer, Junior
  • Thomas Tripodi, Soph.
  • Zach Harmer, Soph.
  • Alyssa Barbossa, Freshman
  • Anthony Tittanegro, Freshman
  • Dylan Mathew, Freshman

Coaches: Matthew Gunther (head), Matt Giannacio (assistant), Bryan Erndl (assistant)

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME

 

12/8

@ Verona

5:00 pm

 

12/10

vs. Millburn

8:30 pm

 

12/13

@ Nutley

8:45 pm

 

12/14

vs. Gov. Livingston

6:15 pm

 

12/16

vs. Oratory

8:30 pm

 

12/21

@ West Orange

5:45 pm

 

12/23

@ Johnson (Clark, NJ)

4:30 pm

 

12/26

@ Old Tappan

3:15 pm

 

12/27

vs. Madison

3:00 pm

 

12/27

@ Madison

3:00 pm

 

12/28

@ TBA

4:00 pm

 

1/3/2020

vs. Johnson

6:00 pm

 

1/5

@ Millburn

5:00 pm

 

1/7

vs. Cranford

8:30 pm

 

1/7

vs. Cranford

8:30 pm

 

1/13

@ Gov. Livingston

6:30 pm

 

1/14

vs. Watchung Hills

8:30 am

 

1/20

@ TBA

TBA

 

1/22

@ TBA

TBA

 

1/25

@ TBA

TBA

 

1/27

@ Oratory

4:15 pm

 

1/28

vs. Verona

8:30 pm

 

1/31

@ Colonia

3:15 pm

 

2/4

vs. Nutley

8:30 pm

 

2/12

@ TBA

8:30 pm

 

2/18

@ TBA

8:30 pm