Mohawks escape with win over Jets

Niskayuna/Schenectady took two points from Shaker/Colonie in CDHSHL hockey play Saturday night with a two-goal outburst late in the third period for a 2-1 triumph at Schenectady County Recreational Facility.

Both teams were coming off games against two of the best teams in the Capital District High School Hockey League.

Niskayuna/Schenectady lost to Division I power Shenendehowa 4-3 on Friday, while Shaker/Colonie battled undefeated Division II power Queensbury to a 1-1 tie Friday.

That was a pretty good hockey game tonight. Both teams were pretty comparable, said N/S coach Todd Templeton. "Both teams came off tough games last night against two of the top teams in the league."

The Jets (5-9-3 overall, 4-5-2 league) held a 1-0 lead for a period and a half. They kept the heat on the Mohawks' defense and goalie Scott Hartz, and Matthew Vetrone poked the puck into the net after a scrum in the crease with 5:35 left in the first.

"This week's schedule was tough for us," said S/C coach Steve Hudak. "We tried to go four lines as long as we could and then we started to tire out a little bit. We played two and a half periods tonight, not three."

The Jets outshot the Mohawks by an 11-4 margin in the first, but managed only one goal.

"We're the type of team that if we don't play three periods, we're not going to win. We've been telling the team that the whole year," Templeton said.

S/C was given numerous chances to score in the second after the Mohawks took back-to-back penalties. The Jets' powerplay was anemic, creating a handful of short-handed breakaways for Mohawks forward Britton Leone, but S/C freshman goalie Aaron Hebert came up with crucial stops to preserve the lead.

Later in the second, it was the Mohawks turn to try their hand on the man advantage after two penalties just minutes apart by Shaker/Colonie's Doug Swezey and Vetrone. N/S created a number of scoring chances but the Jets defense was able to block the shots before they made it to the net.

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