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Hockey: CBA makes the most of its short bench

Brothers give Saratoga a battle before losing late

Christian Brothers Academy’s Chris O’Keefe, right, ties up a Saratoga player along the boards during last Saturday’s Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Albany County Hockey Facility in Colonie.

Christian Brothers Academy’s Chris O’Keefe, right, ties up a Saratoga player along the boards during last Saturday’s Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Albany County Hockey Facility in Colonie. Photo by Rob Jonas.

Fraser said that the effort his team showed against Saratoga is indicative of how close the Brothers are to the top teams in the Capital District High School Hockey League.

“The plan is to be first, second or third when the regular season is over, and that’s not being boastful. That’s the goal, and it’s doable,” said Fraser. “I think the playing fierld is leveling off. There were a number of seniors who graduated out [of the CDHSHL] last year, and I don’t think there is one dominant team.”

Being at or near the top with a limited roster could be a challenge, but Fraser said he’s making certain CBA is physically ready for the rigors of a long season.

“With the conditioning I do with the kids both on the ice and on dry land, these athletes are in great shape,” said Fraser.

Fraser said his current task is to develop a third line to help his first and second units. After that, it’s all about developing chemistry.

“What we still need to do is to really gel those relationships so they could go out there blindfolded and know where their teammates are at all times,” said Fraser.

The Brothers travel north this weekend to play Potsdam and Canton. They follow that trip with CDHSHL games against Bethlehem and Guilderland/Mohonasen Dec. 16 and 17. The Dec. 17 game against Guilderland/Mohonasen will be played at the Times Union Center in Albany.

In other weekend hockey action, Shaker/Colonie (0-4-1) lost to Section I’s Pelham 6-4 Saturday.

The Jets had a 3-2 lead before Pelham scored three consecutive goals to take control.

Mike Mineau tallied twice, and Tyler Smith had the other goal for Shaker/Colonie. Goaltenders Kodi Riddell and Zach Dignum combined to make 19 saves.

The Jets host LaSalle Friday at the Albany County Hockey Facility before visiting Queensbury Saturday.

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