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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: NYSAHA - midget -New Hartford 7, Clifton Park 6

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 -New Hartford 7, Clifton Park 6

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Clifton Park Dynamo coach Brad Shaver isn’t a fan of moral victories and after spotting New Hartford a three-goal lead in the opening period of the NYSAHA Tier II 16U midget state tournament Friday night, a 7-6 loss couldn’t cut it for the local ice hockey coach.

“Reality is the game is 0-0 when the puck drops in the first period,” Shaver said. “You can’t go down, 7-3, 7-4, the games are over then. We gave ourselves few options.”

New Hartford was the first team to secure a spot in Sunday morning’s semifinals with its second win of the day. New Hartford will face Freeport at noon in their final contest of pool play.

The red, white and blue fully utilized its forechecking unit to keep the puck in the Clifton Park zone throughout the first period, putting up three consecutive goals before the Dynamo cut into the lead, 3-1 with 94 seconds left in the opening session.

“We like to come out quick with our forecheck,” Jason Fitzgerald said. “We have a lot of speed and use that to our advantage, trying to win the battles in the corners.”

New Hartford continued to add to its lead, up to four goals when Michael Zalewski scored his third goal of the contest at 57 seconds of the second period, earning the hat trick on the same scoring play that teammate Thomas Frorentino secured his “playmaker” third assist of the contest.

“We move the puck really well,” Thomas Frorentino said. “We had a lot of shots on net that rolled right in.”

Dynamo starting goaltender Dan Sacks was victimized for the first three New Hartford goals and was lifted for game one starter, Shane Robichaud. The replacement goalie gave up four additional goals and the two netminders combined for 30 saves.

As the Central New York visitor continued to apply pressure, Clifton Park bent, but didn’t break in its second contest of the day.

Chris Huck scored a power play goal at 7:57 of the second from an assist by Derek Discanio to cut the lead, 5-2, but New Hartford went up again by four with Michael Critelli’s power play goal less than a minute later.

Clifton Park would answer yet again, with its own power play goal at 12:17 from Jordan Bobrow courtesy of an Anthony Delzotto assist. New Hartford would again stretch the lead to four goals 21 seconds later, again on a tally from Zalewski, his fourth tally on the day.

The Dynamo lifted their spirits with 43 seconds left in the second when Dillon Frinton scored from Discanio to cut the lead, 7-4.

“Coach gave us an inspirational speech during the break,” Jake Hendrickson said. “We came out hard in the third.”

Bobrow scored his second goal of the game, putting back a shot by Kenny at 3:15 and the Dynamo continued to press on, bringing the game back within one goal when Chris Huck scored on a slapshot from atop the left circle at 6:57 from a cross ice pass from David Ferris.

New Hartford would then reinforce its back checking to reduce the chance of an odd-man rush and secure the second victory of the day.

The loss left the Dynamo coach more than disgruntled about his teams inability to handle New Hartford in the Clifton Park end.

“Our defense accounted for too many goals,” Shaver said. “They were often flat-footed and were puck watching. Usually they are great for us, but tonight they got beat to a lot of pucks.”

Clifton Park must win Saturday when it faces Tonawanda at 2 p.m. a potential must-win for both squads.

“Tonight we were unfocused, not ready to play the price and didn’t execute the simple plays. If we do that again tomorrow, it’ll be like trying to run uphill with rollerblades on…again.”

First period scoring:
1. New Hartford, Michael Zalewski (Jason Fitzgerald) 6:59, ppg. 2. New Hartford, Nathan Mallinder (Thomas Frorentino, Michael Zalewski), 12:19. 3. New Hartford, Michael Zalewski (Thomas Frorentino, Jason Fitzgerald), 4:12. 4. Clifton Park, Michael Kenny (unassisted), 15:26.
Penalties: Clifton Park – Michael Kenny (hit after the whistle), 11:11. New Hartford – Ryan Gros (interference), 3:27.

Second period scoring: 5. New Hartford, Michael Zalewski (Thomas Frorentino), :57. 6. New Hartford, Nathan Mallinder (unassisted), 4:49, ppg. 7. Clifton Park, Chris Huck (Derek Discanio), 7:57. 8. New Hartford, Jacob Silberlicht (Daniel Sheets), 8:33. 9. Clifton Park, Jordan Bobrow (Anthony Discanio), 12:17, ppg. 10. New Hartford, Michael Zalewski (Thomas Frorentino, Jason Fitzgerald), 4;22. 11. Clifton Park, Dillon Frinton (Derek Discanio), 16:17.
Penalties: Clifton Park – Chris Huck (roughing), 3:04; Brett Kangas (roughing), 12:32. New Hartford – Robert Jorgensen (interference), 1:33; Ryan Lewis (tripping), 12:03.

Third period scoring: 12. Clifton Park, Jordan Bobrow (Michael Kenny), 3:15. 13. Clifton Park, Chris Huck (David Ferris), 6:57, ppg.
Penalties: Clifton Park – None. New Hartford – Ryan Lewis (roughing), 5:15; Nathan Mallinder (charging), 6:57.

New Hartford 3 4 0 – 7
Clifton Park 1 3 2 – 6
Goalie saves: Clifton Park –
Dan Sacks, 8. Shane Robichaud, 22. New Hartford – Ryan Lewis, 26.

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