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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Shen come back, wins 5-4

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Shen come back, wins 5-4

Here are the on-line updates from my Blackberry Friday night of the Shen versus Williamsville North contest that began at 9 p.m. too late for print deadline.

Shenendehowa went ahead for the first time Friday night when Jesse Elliott went from passer to scorer, putting the Plainsmen ahead, 5-4, just six seconds after tying the contest at four goals each.

Elliott took a feed from A.J. Mangino for the leading tally with 5:09 to play.

Williamsville North took two late penalties and Shen was able to earn the come from behind victory.

Adam Hitchko took matters into his own hands after the Plainsmen killed off a penalty six minutes in.

The big man took the puck down the left side, shook off a defender and deposited the puck inside the goal, unimpaired, knotting the game at four apiece with 5:15 left.

Captain Bryan Hunter pulled the Plainsmen to within a goal, when he put the vulcanized rubber prize between the pads of Williamsville goalie branden Komm 1:13 into the third.

He was again set up by Jesse Elliott, working in the office, behind the net.

Shen suffering, down 4-2

The Plainsmen couldn't catch a break as. Williamsville North's Sean Talty tipped in Nick Angelo's shot from the top of the right circle with 3:24 left in the second for a 4-2 lead.

The tip in bypassed Shenendehowa's second goalie of the night, Peter Rakowsky.

More bad news as Shen junior forward Tim Wall skated off the ice with a trainer, holding his left arm acrossthe front of his jersey with 1:52 to go in the second period.

Williamsville took back its lead, 3-2, when Nick Angelo skated in from the right side onto Shenendehowa goalie Nate Mellow. Angelo flung the puck over Mellow's shoulder and under the crossbar midway through the second for the lead.

The timing or the outcome at 7:29 of the second allowed Plainsmen coach Juan de la Rocha to change goalies, sending Peter Rakowsky in to replace Mellow at the game's halfway point.

The Plainsmen knotted the contest at two apiece, taking advantage of a Williamsville North miscue.

The Spartans attempted to ice the puck for a line change, but in an attempt to send it up the far boards, had it intercepted at the red line.

Adam Hitchko gathered the puck and walked down the left side with help for a two-man advantage against spartan goaltender Branden Komm.

Hitchko beat him to his stick side the game-tying goal with 10:47 left in the second.

Shen cut the lead in half, 2-1, 51 seconds into the second period when A.J. Mangino put back a shot by Sean Smith from the top of the slot. Jesse Elliot set things up from behind the net, feeding Smith up top.

Score: Williamsville North 4, Shen 2

Shots: Willy North 6-8 14, Shen 8-12 20.

Shen down early, 2-0

Shen came out aggressive in the first period, but couldn't convert on its eight shots.

Williamsville North held off the early offensive attack and converted twice on Plainsmen goalie Nate Mellow.

The Spartans took advantage of a defensive miscue in the Shen end, feeding the puck across ice and onto the blade of Josh Liddle who ripped the puck past Mellow with 3:52 left in the first.

Things got worse when Mellow was screened after the ensuing face-off and couldn't block Williamsville North's Cameron Sroda for the 2-0 lead 35 seconds later.

Score after one: Willy North 2, Shen 0

Shots: Willy North 6, Shen 8.

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

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