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Guilderland denies Shen in AA final

Things looked bleak for the Plainsmen early in the second half after Tony Campagnano scored on a tough-angle shot to give Guilderland a 2-0 lead, but they responded quickly. First, Luke Popolizio got a pass from Miner on a breakaway and knocked the ball past Guilderland goaltender Devin Bailey. Then less than two minutes later, Chris Curley converted a Clemens lead pass into a goal to tie the game at 2 in the 50th minute.

Shen kept the offensive pressure coming. Miner had a golden opportunity to put the Plainsmen in front with a wide open shot in the 54th minute, but it missed the left post by less than a yard. Several more Shen shots followed, but none hit the mark.

Guilderland also began pressing at the offensive end, and the pressure paid off when Stillman took a pass from Nyuma, stepped around a Shen defender and launched a line drive that eluded Mabee and tucked inside the left post.

"When we scored that goal, I was still reeling from a chance we had only moments before," said Kinnally.

Shen had one last chance to tie the game. As the final 10 seconds ticked down, the Plainsmen got the ball in front of the Guilderland goal, but it was cleared aside by the Dutchmen defense as the final horn sounded.

It's the first Sectional title for Guilderland since 1996 and the first for Kinnally since taking over for long-time Dutchmen coach Don Snyder in 2002.

"It's special for our school, for our kids, for our community and for our youth program," said Kinnally.

Guilderland meets Section III champion Baldwinsville in Friday night's regional final.""

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