"That's a function of our youth," said Templeton. "They've never been here (the playoffs) before, so they've been nervous (in the first period). Once the kids got their first few shifts in and they started getting into a flow, their nervousness went away and we started to play better."
Tenenboym has been the one to get the job done in overtime. Niskayuna/Schenectady's leading scorer struck in the third overtime period to eliminate CBA, and he scored less than two minutes into the first overtime to defeat Saratoga.
"It's nice that it was him who scored both overtime goals, but it could have easily been anyone else on this team," said Templeton.
Other players have contributed to Niskayuna/Schenectady's success. Senior forward Chris Farah scored goals against CBA and Saratoga, while sophomore Sam Hartz had a goal and two assists during the Mohawks' comeback against CBA. Greg Ducharme also tallied in the victory over the Brothers.
Niskayuna/Schenectady will need another team effort in Thursday's Sectional final against Shaker/Colonie if it's going to win its first Division I championship.
"Shaker, I'd say, is the best defensive team we've faced, or at least one of the best we've faced," said Templeton. "We'll have to play well every shift in order to have a chance."
Just having a chance to play for a Section II title is an accomplishment for a Niskayuna/Schenectady team that finished last in its division.