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A flying start for Loudonville Christian

Shaker is off to a 1-2 start in the Suburban Council North Division after sandwiching losses to Shenendehowa and Saratoga around a 1-0 victory over Niskayuna.

The Blue Bison battled Shen to a 1-1 tie through the first half before the Plainsmen (3-0) pulled away to a 4-1 victory last Tuesday. T.J. Izykowski tallied the go-ahead goal in the second half, and David Clemens scored two of his three goals down the stretch to put the game out of Shaker's reach.

Adam Shamlian had the Blue Bison's lone goal in the first half.

Shaker bounced back last Thursday with its win against Niskayuna. Andrew Marino scored early in the first half off a feed from Luke Scarchilli and maintained control the rest of the way to break into the win column.

The momentum from that victory was short-lived as Saratoga downed Shaker 4-0 last Saturday. Like the Shen game, the Blue Bison battled hard through the first half before Saratoga pulled away with three goals in the second half.

Noah Cadet recorded a hat trick, and Chris Jayko added a goal for the Blue Streaks.

Colonie (0-2-1) hasn't broken into the win column yet. The Garnet Raiders were surprised by Columbia 1-0 last Tuesday, and then following a 0-0 tie with Guilderland last Thursday they fell to Bethlehem 2-1 last Saturday.

Colonie outshot Columbia 15-4 in last Tuesday's game, but the Blue Devils got the only goal when Jon Gavitt tallied midway through the first half.

Colonie goaltender Todd Lawson had a strong game against Guilderland, as he stopped several Dutchmen shots to keep last Thursday's game scoreless. Lawson kept up his strong play against Bethlehem last Saturday, making 15 saves against heavy pressure by the Eagles. The only shots that got by Lawson were first-half tallies by Danny Carillo and Kenny McDermith.

Eden Hadjimuratovic scored Colonie's lone goal against Bethlehem.

Shaker and Colonie were back in action Tuesday. Shaker met Bethlehem, while Colonie traveled to Clifton Park to face Shen."

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