With five freshmen on the roster for opening day and two more being added late in the season, the Scarsdale ice hockey team’s future has arrived. However, with the playoffs looming this weekend, the Raiders are focusing on the present.
Following an 8-3 loss to Suffern on Feb. 7, Scarsdale ice hockey coach James Synowiez talked to his team about playing a full 45-minute game. Despite having an 8-7 record following the game, the Raiders had yet to do that against the truly competitive teams.
When you’re a sophomore on a line with then-seniors Jack Brosgol and Ben Schwartz, you have a lot of responsibility. Even moreso when you’re their fellow captain.
Freshman Brian Nicholas has scored 11 goals through seven games this season, leading the Scarsdale ice hockey team. His latest goal, however, was one of the biggest of the season for the Raiders.
Forwards have shifts.
Sophomore Kristina Karabanova blends well on the ice for the Scarsdale ice hockey team. It’s not until she takes off her helmet and you see the long hair tied up that you realize she’s “different” than her teammates.
For decades, if a girl was interested in playing high school ice hockey in Section 1, she had to play for the boys team, where, early on, she wasn’t necessarily welcomed with open arms by teammates and opponents.
Kristina Karabanova became the sixth Scarsdale girl to play varsity ice hockey for the Raiders over the last 30 years. The first five played for long-time head coach Jim Mancuso, a proponent of boys and girls playing the sport at all levels.
Jack Brosgol and Ben Schwartz are the heart and soul of Scarsdale ice hockey. The senior captains, sharing the first line as upperclassmen, hit the 100-point milestone within a week of each other.
Every time Scarsdale scored, so did North Rockland. Except when it counted.
In three varsity games in front of the net, Max Kushnick maybe hasn’t seen it all, but he’s seen a lot.
Coach Kevin Wright made up his mind recently.
On and off the ice, there’s been no shortage of drama for the Scarsdale ice hockey team this winter. That continued over the past week.