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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: CP Dynamos U18 win USA Hockey national semifinal

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.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

CP Dynamos U18 win USA Hockey national semifinal

Game notes: Second 10-minute overtime

Go crazy everybody! Go crazy! The Clifton Park Dynamos will play Sunday afternoon for a USA Hockey U18 national title.

Drew Foster, a player I've covered since he was a squirt scored the game-winning goal late in the second overtime against Summit Plastics.

Clifton Park has taken out the top two teams from the opposite bracket, both in overtime situations to advance to the national semifinal.

First 10-minute sudden death overtime

Still no answers. Summit opened in the penalty box, Clifton Park couldn't convert. Dynamo's legs may be betraying them after this morning's overtime win and last night's late loss (9 p.m.).

CP Goalie Brendan Wagner came up big again and again as Summit through everything but the kitchen sink at him in overtime.

Doing the ice between overtimes, assume another 10 or 5 minute session, not sure of shoot-out rules.

Third period

With one-tenth of a second on the clock a penalty shot is called against the Dynamo when the puck is smothered in front of the net, its a scrum as time appeared to expire.

Josie (not sure which player, video not that detailed) converted with a top shelf shot, beating Clifton Park goaltender Brendan Wagner to his left side to knot the contest at 2-2.

Now headed to overtime, trying to find out time.

Anthony Delzotto connects with Drew Foster on the right side with 2:37 left in regulation to go ahead for the first time in the semifinal....

5 minutes left, still 1-1 in national semifinal

Tyler Lingel ties up the game at 13:09 of the third period from assists by Jordan Bobrow and Ted Chrimes! Can the Dynamo do it?

They came out aggressive to open the period but failed to convert, now they have, but will it be enough?

Second period 1-0 Summit Plastics.

The story of the second period remains two different power play units. Summit converts quickly on its own 5-on-3 chance and then hands Clifton Park an extended 5-on-3 and continued to come away time and time again as Summit installed a turnstile in the sin bin, but it didn't matter.

The Dynamos have 17 minutes of play to tie and advance to the national semifinal...we'll see.

1:10 remaining in second, still Summit 1-0
Clifton Park unable to convert on a very, very extended 5-on-3.
14:22 wrote too soon. Summit Plastics power play goal...1-0 Summit
14:28 remaining, no score...

End of the first period, scoreless, 0-0 against Summit Plastics.

Clifton Park had the advantage in power play opportunities and shots on goal with two very strong attempts.

The Dynamos need to convert at least one of these opportunities tonight to advance to the national final Sunday afternoon.

Summitt doesn't have a speed advantage on the Clifton Park squad and their goaltender seems to be susceptible to a rebound goal. Several of his saves were strong off the pads, but has had it bounce back into play. Dynamo's netminder, Brendan Wagner has again been solid, but has covered-up several times, corralling the puck.

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