"They had a young goaltender in there, so getting a goal on him early on was big," said Lanne. "I think we got into his head."
Seniw struck again 3:24 later. This time, the senior forward stormed the net to pick up a loose puck and stuff it past Walter to give Shaker/Colonie a 2-0 advantage.
Shen tried to get some of its early momentum back, but it had a hard time generating quality scoring chances against Shaker/Colonie's defense. The Jets allowed only six shots on goal in the first period, all of which were stopped by Lanne.
That theme carried over into the second period. Despite a couple of early lapses, the Jets continued to frustrate the Plainsmen with good defense and timely saves by Lanne.
"We came into the game knowing that controlling the defensive zone and the neutral zone would be the key," said Hudak.
Walter did what he could to keep Shen in the game, making several key saves early in the second period before giving up a power play goal to Ryan Phillips that gave Shaker/Colonie a 3-0 lead.
Shen's frustration showed late in the second period. The Plainsmen took several penalties, including two on one play with less than one minute left. That gave Shaker/Colonie a two-man advantage to start the third period.
Fortunately for Shen, it killed off the penalties. But the one thing the Plainsmen couldn't do was get the puck past Lanne, who finished with 15 saves.
"What changed the momentum was our missed opportunities," said Shen coach Juan de la Rocha. "[Lanne] made some nice saves, but he left some second-chance opportunities, and we couldn't capitalize on them."
Shaker/Colonie advances to Thursday's Sectional final against Saratoga Springs at Union College. The top-seeded Blue Streaks edged LaSalle 2-1 Saturday to punch its ticket to Achilles Rink.""