Flurry helps Shen beat CBA in hockey Sectional semis

Shen made the adjustments between periods and came out flying in the second period. Adam Hitchko got the Plainsmen going less than a minute into the period with a goal off an Alex Pacheco assist to give Shen a 2-1 lead. Twenty-eight seconds later, Hitchko struck again by putting in a rebound off Joe Macaluso's shot. Nathan Palmer then tallied at 1:48 to put the Plainsmen ahead 4-1.

"Everyone was hitting, taking a body and finishing," said Hitchko. "I think (the first goal) was a major boost. It got everyone pumped up."

"They pounced on two simple plays, and bang it's 3-1," said Kuhl. "If we could rub the genie and wish for one thing, it would be to have the first four minutes of the second period back."

Scott Brayden scored a power play goal at the 5:41 mark of the second period to give Shen a 5-1 lead. Steve Basile temporarily stopped the bleeding for CBA (8-13-6) with a breakaway goal, but A.J. Mangino scored off a skirmish in front of Blood with 1:27 left in the period to put the Plainsmen ahead 6-2.

E.J. Reutemann ended Shen's scoring flurry with a goal off a Nathan Palmer assist early in the third period.

The Plainsmen will now look to win their sixth consecutive Section II title against a LaSalle team that has beaten them once and tied them in their other CDHSHL meeting.

"We played a good game against LaSalle. We carried the play for the majority of the time. We were just frustrated offensively, and they played great team defense," said de la Rocha. "(LaSalle goaltender Brendan) Wagner played outstanding." ""

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