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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Shen's Super 16 show their mettle versus Glens Falls

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, January 16, 2009

Shen's Super 16 show their mettle versus Glens Falls

It was less than 24 hours after I wrote my column about the Shenendehowa ice hockey players involved in a violation of school and athletic policy on Dec. 29 while on a road trip that I was the "new-look" squad take on Glens Falls on the road.

The early part of warm-ups was determining who was still a part of the Plainsmen squad, making sure their top goalie was injured (and fortunately didn't make the road trip) and who the heck were these kids without names on their jerseys.

With that done, it was time to focus on the action on the ice and not off.

While the game lacked some of the speed and skill I've seen before at the varsity level and from this particular ice hockey squad, these Super 16 went from the Bad News Bears to Miracle on Ice in less than 45 minutes.

They were shaky at first, came on strong and became one of my favorite teams of all time, scoring two goals in 42 seconds and both times with their goalie pulled to force overtime.

The game was fantastic, the players displayed the hearts of champions and I've never seen a bigger smile on a coach after a loss than was on Shenendehowa coach Juan de la Rocha's face than after the Plainsmen's 5-4 overtime loss.

He didn't want to talk about the infractions, asked the media to downplay it with his players, but the actions of former mite goalie, now varsity defenseman-turned goalie out of necessity, Kyle Hunter couldn't go unnoticed.

Maybe the lessons learned were worthwhile after all...at least for the Super 16.

For the game story click here Glens Falls 5, Shen 4 OT .

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