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COLONIE: Medici's hat trick propels Brothers to finals

CBA notched two insurance goals in the second period. Medici intercepted a LaSalle clearing attempt and promptly deposited a shot behind Wagner from the low slot at 9:37 for a 3-1 edge. Medici then completed the hat trick at 12:32 of the second period by converting a pass from Newkirk and putting a shot behind a diving Wagner.

Phelps tipped in Mike Walsh's shot from the right face-off circle with 51 seconds left in the second period, but that was as close as LaSalle got. Blood stopped everything he saw in the third period to finish with 16 saves and the win.

Next up for CBA is a Shen team coming off a semifinal scare against Guilderland Saturday, but the Brothers know the Plainsmen are capable of rebounding quickly. CBA tied Shen the first time the two teams met, but Shen responded with a 5-1 victory over the Brothers in their second head-to-head game.

"I reminded the kids in the locker room of last year when we beat LaSalle in this same situation and then came out in the finals and were flat against Shen. I told them to be excited, be proud of your effort tonight, but we still have work to do," Kuhl said.""

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