For once, coach John DeRubertis would like to see his Guilderland hockey team get the jump on an opponent.
In each of the Dutchmen's last three games, they have allowed the other team to score first. The fact that Guilderland has fought back from those deficits to earn a 1-1-1 record over that span has been encouraging for DeRubertis.
The biggest of those comebacks came in last Tuesday's Capital District High School Hockey League game against Niskayuna/Schenectady. The Dutchmen fell behind 3-0 before pulling out a 6-5 overtime victory at Union College.
That was really nice to see us battle back, said DeRubertis. "I wouldn't want to see us dig ourselves that big of a hole again, though."
Collin Burg led Guilderland's comeback with four goals, including the tying goal late in the third period and the game winner in overtime.
"He's an intense competitor. He's going 110 percent every time his feet hit the ice," said DeRubertis.
The Dutchmen found themselves in more holes at last weekend's Potsdam Tournament. Potsdam scored on the first shift of Friday's opening round game and went on to a 2-0 victory over Guilderland. Then, Canton built a 4-2 lead on Guilderland in Saturday's consolation game before the Dutchmen scored twice in the third period to pull out a 4-4 tie.
"Canton is a good team, so to get a tie is a good result," said DeRubertis.
Jon Fogel and Greg Warnken each had a goal and an assist in Saturday's consolation game. Aaron Cahill and Anthony Liguori also tallied for Guilderland, while goaltender Brendan Glennon made several key saves down the stretch to pull out the tie.
"He did a solid job," DeRubertis said of Glennon. "He gave us a chance to win both games, which is all we ask for."
The Dutchmen are off until Friday, when they travel to South Glens Falls for a CDHSHL game.""