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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: The best 0-11 team in the CDHSHL

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.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The best 0-11 team in the CDHSHL

Coaches often like to say "Our record isn't indicative of our team," whenever a squad is challenged as much in the standings as they have been on the ice.

Ignoring the traditional "coach speak", after watching the South Glens Falls varsity ice hockey team against Burnt Hills-Scotia/Glenville Saturday night at Achilles Rink on the Union College campus.

The Bulldogs (0-11 Capital District High School Hockey League, 1-14 overall) fell to their Division II Saratoga County counterparts, 6-2 and for the second time in a week, but I came away liking the South High squad.

If you take away the seven Bulldog penalties and some of the extra curricular hits, elbows, shoves and one unnecessary plow of a Burnt Hills eighth-grader by a South High junior, you could easily rally around this team.

On skills alone, its hard to see South High without a win in the CDHSHL, they showed tremendous speed on the ice along with some strong puck handling between players.
This should be the standard, but its something that the Saratoga Springs team has lacked, but still have posted a 4-8-1, 5-10-2 mark.

Bulldog coach Jay Condon is in his first year at the helm and the team is coming off an embarrasing year last year, so he has to be happy to be able to field a team. Mohonasen almost pulled its squad off the ice early in the year, but rallied enough players to fulfill its league obligations and post an equally non-hyped 0-8, 0-14 record.

The two squads will meet twice before the year ends and South High will have a chance for two league points before the all-in playoffs start.

Condon had high hopes, the Bulldogs were positive in the pre-season, but have been snake-bitten on the ice.

Condon had to delay his implementation of a Russian-style hockey system and fall back on more traditional play, but the South High team could ruin someone's season when the playoff start mid-February.

The Bulldogs are expected to face either Burnt Hills or Glens Falls in the opening round, something neither team should relish.

It may have taken Condon four months to get his message across, but the tide could turn quickly if the higher seeds don't take this team seriously.

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