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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: CP Dynamo back into national quarterfinals

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, April 03, 2009

CP Dynamo back into national quarterfinals

PITTSBURGH - The Clifton Park Dynamo 18U ice hockey team advanced to the Tier II 18-and-under national championship quarterfinals despite a 3-2 loss to the Wellesley Raiders Friday night in Pittsburgh.

The Dynamo finish with a 2-1 record and is the third seed in this morning’s quarterfinal where they will square off against the top-ranked Hollydell Hurricanes 7:45 this morning. The winners will advance to the 4:30 p.m. semifinal.

The Dynamo will have little time to re-group after Friday’s performance.

“They scored early in the third and we took a lot of undisciplined and uninspired penalties,” Clifton Park coach Brad Shaver said. “We had a very, very uninspired effort tonight.

“Part of that was that this game meant nothing in the standings,” Shaver said. “We thought we were going to finish second no matter what. As a coach I don’t take that very lightly. The effort was very poor and I was very disappointed.”

Shaver’s squad had to deal with a 90 minute delay before hitting the ice due to overtimes in previous contests and the rare one game per day schedule.

“There was a lot of laying around the hotel no one was prepared mentally and physically,” Shaver said. “Our best players were our worse players.”

After a scoreless first period Wellesley took an early lead on William Gray’s goal past CP Dynamo goalie Brendan Wagner. The Raiders went ahead, 2-0, on Bryan Doherty’s power play goal six minutes into the third period.

“The first goal came off a poor decision, but we were all over them,” Shaver said. “Every time we built momentum, we took a poor penalty or gave it up.”

Clifton Park rebounded with two unanswered goals by Anthony Delzotto on a power play goal seven minutes in and Tyler Hynes followed with his game-tying tally 13 minutes in.
Wellesley’s Donato ended it with 19 seconds left in regulation with an unassisted goal.

Shaver was disturbed by his squad’s performance on the sports biggest stage.

“These guys are at the national tournament and I ran into college coaches and assistant coaches that are saying good things about these kids down the road,” Shaver said. “They are saying ‘You have some good young players,’ but they need to have effort and inspiration.

“There is no excuse for one bad game,” Shaver said. “You are here for yourself and the team.”
The straight-talking coach expects his team to put their best foot forward.

“We have another game tomorrow to regroup, change things and I think they will,” Shaver said. “My expectation is that they’ll be ready to go.”

Wellesley Raiders 3, CP Dynamo 2
First period

No scoring.
Second period
1. Wellesley, William Gray (Michael Cox), :26.
Third period
2. Wellesley, Bryan Doherty (Paul Donato), 6:37, ppg. 3. CP, Anthony Delzotto (Drew Foster, Tyler Hynes), 6:57, ppg. 4. CP, Hynes (Tyler Lingel, Dillon Frinton), 13:04. 5. Wellesley, Donato (unassisted), 16:41, ppg.
Wellesley Raiders 0 1 2 – 3
CP Dynamo 0 0 2 – 2
Goalie saves:
Wellesley, Sam Gifford, 26 saves. CP, Brendan Wagner, 23 saves.

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