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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: CP Dynamos off to hockey nationals in Pittsburgh

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.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

CP Dynamos off to hockey nationals in Pittsburgh

The Clifton Park Dynamos midget hockey team open up their quest for a national title tonight in Pittsburgh, PA with a first-round match-up against the Arctic Foxes.

The Dynamos captured the New York State Amateur Hockey Association U18 title in dramatic fashion.

Clifton Park (35-18-4) went 4-0 in pool play with four consecutive decisive victories before defeating the Buffalo Bisons, 3-2, in overtime before needing two extra sessions to turn back the Hudson Valley Polar Bears, 4-3, to advance to the national tournament.

The Dynamos will play three pool play contests over three days with the top four teams moving into the single-elimination playoffs.

“One game a day will be very comfortable for us,” Shaver said. “It gives us time to focus on eating right and resting. We’ll be ready for every game.”

While the CP Dynamos qualified for the state tournament in November, the squad had to wait until March to compete for the title. The layoff allowed the squad to heal and Shaver finally brings a full compliment of players into the national tournament.

“We have had a ton of injuries which is rare for my teams,” Shaver said. “We’ve never had all four lines and five defensemen.”

Shaver will be able to roll all four lines this week, giving the Dynamos an advantage.

“Our top scorers (South Glens Falls’ Anthony Delzotto and Saratoga’s Chris Huck) have 54 points, our fourth line guys have 30 points,” Shaver said. “I fell confident that all four lines can go out there and play and at least nine or ten of our forwards can score.”

South Glens Falls skater Tyler Lingel has moved back on defense to allow Shaver to roll three lines in front of his Clifton Park goaltenders, Brendan Wagner and Dan Sacks.

“National will be a new test for them,” Shaver said. “10 of the 12 teams there will be tough at nationals, including us.”

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At 11:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

dynamo wins first game 10-0

At 5:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

game two dynamo wins 7-4

At 9:53 AM , Blogger Doedie said...

Have a great game!!
Go Dynamos Go!! Love and Hugs!!
from your Canadian Friends and Fans


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