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Saratoga skates past Shaker

"I think if you score the first goal, your confidence goes up," said Ricupero.

Shaker/Colonie continued to put pressure on Saratoga's defense in the second period, but the defending Section II Division I champions had a hard time connecting their passes to generate quality scoring chances. The shots the Jets did take in the second period were easily stopped by Saratoga goaltender Graeme Bulmer.

"We talked a lot about our defense. We didn't want to give them too many opportunities," said Ricupero. "So, we tried to limit our mistakes in our defensive zone."

Shaker/Colonie had a chance to get back in the game in the third period when it went on a power play, but a steal at mid-ice led to a shorthanded breakaway by Saratoga's Conor Murphy. The senior waited until he was at point-blank range and wristed a shot past Lanne to give the Blue Streaks a 3-0 lead.

The Jets broke up Bulmer's shutout bid when Ryan Phillips stuffed a shot home with less than six minutes left, but that was as close as they would get.

Bulmer finished with 20 saves for Saratoga, while Lanne stopped 21 shots for Shaker/Colonie.

The Jets return to the Albany County Hockey Facility Friday to face LaSalle. They then hit the road to play Monroe-Woodbury Saturday.

"I think we have to be very positive, and I think we have to kind of get back to basics," said Hudak.

Saratoga hosts Glens Falls Friday before venturing to the ACHF Saturday to face Christian Brothers Academy.""

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