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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Dynamos strong at USA Hockey nationals, 2-0

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.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Dynamos strong at USA Hockey nationals, 2-0

The Clifton Park Dynamo 18U ice hockey team isn’t taking any chances during the first two days of the 2009 18U Youth Nationals in Pittsburgh, PA with two decisive wins heading into today’s preliminary round finale.

The Dynamo routed tournament host, Arctic Foxes, 10-0 in Wednesday night’s opener and a earned 7-4 win over Team Michiana Thursday afternoon.

Tyler Lingel and Anthony Delzotto scoring two goals each. David Ferris, Ted Chrimes and Drazen Zack each had two assists in the opening contest rout.

“We had a pretty weak team in the opener and we played pretty good today,” CP Dynamo head coach Brad Shaver said. “We should have done them in a little sooner, we outplayed them the whole game.”

The Dynamo scored four goals in each of the first two periods, putting 36 shots on the Arctic Foxes goalie. Clifton Park’s Brendan Wagner turned back all 13 shots he faced.

The long drive from Clifton Park to Pittsburgh didn’t hurt the legs of the Dynamo squad.

“We got in at midnight Tuesday night and had a pre-game skate at 11:30 a.m. a mile from the hotel,” Shaver said. “We had a 45-minute skate and then followed a strict itinerary. We faced the host team; they didn’t earn their way in. We were just ready to go.”

After their opening round win, the Dynamo had little chance to celebrate, hustling over to another rink for opening ceremonies.

“The Stanley Cup was there, the Conn Smythe Trophy was there on display,” Shaver said. “Dave Hanson spoke, his son played in this tournament. It was nice to see all the teams, and then it was back to the locker room.”

On Thursday the Dynamo were challenged by Team Michiana, falling behind twice before reeling off four consecutive goals in the third period to put the contest away, 7-4, including two goals by Lingel.

“Today and yesterday we had a game plan going into the first period and today went even worse,” Shaver said. “They scored on us two minutes in and we had a ton of chances early in the game.

“We let them hang around,” Shaver said. “It could have been over sooner had we finished our chances.”

Drew Foster added two goals in the win over Team Michiana with Jordan Bobrow, Niell Cahill and Tyler Hynes adding two assists each.

The Dynamos will face their biggest challenge in the Wellesley Raiders at 4:45 p.m. this afternoon.

“They’re a team loaded with prep school kids,” Shaver said. “They’re talented and will be a tough game for us.”

A win will put the Dynamo in the top spot for the playoffs, facing the No. 4 team from the opposite bracket in the quarterfinal.

“We have to finish in the top two,” Shaver said. “It puts you in a good situation to play a No. 3 or No. 4. You want to make it to the semis and go from there.”

CP Dynamo 10, Arctic Foxes 0
First period
1. CP, Niell Cahill (unassisted), 6:19. 2. CP, Jordan Bobrow (David Ferris), 9:33, ppg. 3. CP, Conrad Bernard (Michael Kenny), 13:31. 4. CP, Tyler Lingel (Ted Chrimes, David Ferris), 15:57.
Second period
5. CP, Lingel (Bobrow, Chrimes), 5:28. 6. CP, Tyler Hynes (Erik Ausburger), 5:59. 7. Drew Foster (Drazen Zack), 9:34. 8. CP, Anthony Delzotto (Cahill, Zack), 14:13, ppg.
Third period
9. CP, Delzotto (Foster), 3:13. 10. CP, Jake Hendrickson (Rylee Merrill), 5:27.
Arctic Foxes 0 0 0 – 0
CP Dynamo 4 4 2 – 10
Goalie saves: Arctic Foxes, 26 saves. CP Dynamo, Brendan Wagner, 13 saves.

CP Dynamo 7, Team Michiana 4
First period
1. TM, Ryan Barry (Michael Potter, Tyler Joy), 6:21. 2. CP, Ted Chrimes (unassisted), 11:57.
Second period
3. CP, Erik Augspurger (Jordan Bobrow), 1:11. 4. TM, Alexander Banashak (Brandon Nowak, Barry), 10:45. 5. CP, Drew Foster (Drazen Zack, Niell Cahill), 12:49, ppg. 6. TM, Potter (unassisted), 15:05, ppg.
Third period
7. TM, Potter (unassisted), 1:20. 8. CP, Tyler Lingel (Tyler Hynes), 1:30. 9. CP, Chris Huck (Augspurger, Conrad Bernard), 1:49. 10. CP, Lingel (Hynes, Bobrow), 11:57, ppg. 11. CP, Foster (Cahill), 16:09, empty net.
Team Michiana 1 2 1 – 4
CP Dynamo 1 2 4 – 7
Goalie saves: Team Michiana, Christian Sandroni, 36 saves. Clifton Park, Brendan Wagner, 19 saves.

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