The Guilderland hockey team saw an opportunity for a victory slip away.
Mitch Wacholder, Kyle Sacks and Mitch Allen scored in the third period to lift LaSalle to a 4-2 victory over the Dutchmen last Friday at Hudson Valley Com-munity College.
They've been working hard and showing improvements ... but we weren't prepared for how LaSalle would respond [in the third period], said Guilderland coach John DeRubertis.
The Dutchmen (5-6 league, 6-9 overall) took control of the game in the second period. Following a Vinny Planz goal, Guilderland grabbed a 2-1 lead on tallies by Robby King and Conor Hurley.
Things fell apart for Guilderland in the third period, though. Wacholder tied the game 5:14 into the final period, and LaSalle kept buzzing around Guilderland's goal until Sacks put the Cadets ahead with 1:45 left. Allen then iced the victory with an empty-net goal.
"Even before the tying goal, I didn't feel like we were controlling the game," said DeRubertis.
Guilderland goaltender Michael Alsante stopped 26 shots, while LaSalle netminder Brett Bernardo had 19 saves.
The week began promisingly for Guilderland with a 3-1 victory over Niskayuna/Schenectady last Tuesday at Union College, but it ended on a negative note last Saturday with a 7-2 loss to Glens Falls. Still, DeRubertis said that the Dutchnen are on the right track.
"Over the last five games, we've shown some nice improvement," he said. "The kids have been applying some of the things that we've been doing in practice."
Guilderland is off until Saturday when it visits Division I leader Saratoga Springs.
"Frankly, Saratoga looks like they are the top team," said DeRubertis.""