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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, March 14, 2008

NYSAHA – midget- CP Dynamo 3, Freeport 1

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Clifton Park Dynamo 16U midget ice hockey team started out slowly, but eventually found its legs and earned a 3-1 first-round victory over Long Island-based Freeport Friday morning at the Weibel Avenue Rink in Saratoga Springs.

Freeport went ahead early on an unlikely shot attempt by Andrew Friedman from atop the slot. The forward send the puck on net, looking to dump the puck as much as score and saw it flutter past Clifton Park goaltender Shane Robichaud at 7:16 of the first period. Timothy Root was credited with the assist on the early score.

“It was a weird bounce,” Albany Academy student Shane Robichaud said. “I had to pretend like it never went in and re-focus.”

Clifton Park knotted the contest at 1-1 in the second period when Jake Hendrickson scored a short-handed goal courtesy of an assist from Chris Huck at 6:44. The two Dynamos found each other in the slot, getting the puck past Arrows goaltender Jimmy Georgas.

“I thought after we scored the tone of the game changed,” Freeport coach Charlie Boudiette said. “We had the momentum and their one goal kept them in it.”

The Dynamos found their legs and their system in the third period, getting the go-ahead goal when forward Mike Kenny deflected in defenseman David Ferris’s shot from the top of the circle. Matt Findlay had earlier sent the puck across to Ferris to start the scoring strike.

“We practice getting tips in front,” Lake George student Kenny said. “I just wanted to put my on it and it went right through his legs.”

The tip sent the puck on a slow moving slide towards Georgas who was unable to slip around and prevent the prize from crossing the scoring line. The Arrow netminder turned back 25 shots on the day.

“We have a short bench, so I expected a lot of shots,” Georgas said. “They (Clifton Park) were good about passing to the middle and getting some nice shots off that.”

Even with the loss, Boudiette credited his netminder for withstanding the Dynamo’s charges.

“Our goaltender kept them in it,” Boudiette said. “They were disciplined, kept it in our end and made us work for it.”

Despite only putting 12 shots on Robichaud, the Arrows were efficient with the puck.
“They held onto the puck,” Robichaud said. “You didn’t know where they were going to shoot it.”

Dynamo forward Jake Hendrickson tallied his second goal of the tournament, an empty netter with 15 seconds left in the contest.

Clifton Park will face early winner New Hartford at 5 p.m. and Freeport will take on Tonawanda who also dropped its first contest of the tournament this morning.

Freeport 1 0 0 – 1
Clifton Park 0 1 2 – 3
First period – Scoring:
1. Freeport, Andrew Friedman (Timothy Root), 7:16.
Penalties: Clifton Park, Jordan Bobrow (elbow), 4:35.
Second period – Scoring: 2. Clifton Park, Jake Hendrickson (Chris Huck), 10:16.
Penalties: Freeport, Kevin Barry (roughing), 13:05. Clifton Park, Anthony Delzotto (interference), 1:07. Anthony Delzotto (charging), 10:03. Dakota Keller (high stick), 15:54.
Third period – Scoring: 3. Clifton Park, Michael Kenny (David Ferris, Matt Findlay), 8:55. 4. Clifton Park, Jake Hendrickson (empty net), 16:45.
Penalties: None.
Goalies: Freeport, Jimmy Georgas, 25 saves. Clifton Park, Shane Robichaud, 11.

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