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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Game notes- Champ. final - Westchester 5, New Hartford 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.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Game notes- Champ. final - Westchester 5, New Hartford 4

Here are my live updates from the NYSAHA U16 midget state championship tournament at Weibel Avenue Rink in Saratoga Springs.

Just as overtime was clarified for me, Westchester may have put it away when Ron Sherding drilled a pass from the slot into the back of the net at 15:04 of the third for a 5-3 lead...

These guys are killing me..

New Hartford cuts it again to a goal at 15:25, 5-4 and the new hartford goalie is pulled with 1:12 left..

Icing on Westchester with 28 seconds left...

Time out...28.7 seconds left ...

Official, Westchester Vipers state champions!

Champ - Knotted at 3-3, 4-3

New Hartford proved that it could score at even strength, when Thomas Frorentino deposited the puck over Westchester goalie Ryan Feliu's shoulder at 6:04 of the third.

8 minutes left...

OK...I spoke too soon

Westchester's speed gained it another goal when Christopher Mastrocola flicked the puck in at 9:13 for the 4-3 lead.

Six minutes left...

Champ - Westchester 3, New Hartford 2 end 2nd

Westchester succeded for the second time scoring after a penalty kill and New Hartford's special teams added another goal as the two squads close out the second period at 3-2.

Westchester's Christopher Abramo put the Vipers up 3-1 when he wristed in the puck 30 seconds after his squad negated another New Hartford power play at 14:28.

New Hartford cut the lead to a single goal again when Thomas Frorentino tipped in a shot, deflecting it under the crossbar during a 4-on-4 at 16:52.

Shots on goal through two periods: New Hartford 24, Westchester 15.

Champ - Westchester 2, New Hartford 1 mid 2nd

Patience led to New hartford tying the championship final at one goal apiece.

New Hartford spend the majority of a power play in the Vipers end cycling the puck and keeping the Westvhester defenders at bay.

As the penalty expired, forward Michael Zalewski slid the puck cross ice, between defenders to an awaiting Nathan Mallinder who snapped it past Viper goalie Ryan Feliu at 6:56.

The tie was short lived as Viper forward Robert Dorgan wristed in the puck past New Hartford netminder Dylan Smith at 6:49 taking back the lead, 2-1.

Champ - Westchester 1, New Hartford 0 end 1st

Another correction - Bradlee Pesce's squirt goalie brother is Adam. He has another skating brother named Brett. (Blame that on my failure to look at my notes!)

The last two periods have belonged to New Hartford, wearing down oponnents and utilizing its team speed to go ahead later. Westchester may be the one squad that can skate a full 51 minutes with the band of Spartans.

Shots through one period: New Hartford 15, Westchester 7.

Champ - Westchester up 1-0 early

Early correction...No. 31 Dylan Smith in goal for New Hartford (blame it on tired eyes).

Westchester was struggling generating any offense from inside the slot early on, but seconds after Scott Miele was denied on the Vipers lone breakaway early in the period he put back a rebound past New Hartford goalie Dylan Smith at 5:15 of the first period for a 1-0 lead.

Champ - Ready to rumble?

It was 14 games in the making but the puck is ready to drop for the NYSAHA Tier II 16U midget state championship contest at the Weibel Avenue Rink in Saratoga Springs.

The contest is academic as both squads earned berths in the USA Hockey 16U National Tournament in Buffalo April 2-6, tonight they are playing for seeding berth.

Both match up in the speed, scoring and goaltending categories and both can claim unfinished business for their own programs.

New Hartford failed to advance out of the NYSAHA Tier II squirt state tournament last weekend just down the road in Clifton Park and Westchester lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to the Buffalo Bisons in triple overtime.

Bradlee Pesce can avenge his little brother, Anthony with a state championship trophy tonight.

The programs contrast in origination and structure. New Hartford can add

"High School" to their name at any time as the squad is all Spartans with the exception of three players. They lost to eventual Division II state champion Skaneateles in the first round of sectionals and are now playing for a state title.

Westchester is made up of all-stars from Section I want to own a state banner for their travel program.

New Hartford is in road blue, Westchester in home whites.

In goal for New Hartford No. 35 Ryan Lewis and for Westchester, No. 30 Dan Feliu.

Puck drops now...

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