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Shen, Saratoga set for Sectional final

Saratoga regained the lead with less than two minutes left in the first period when Luke Fauler intercepted a Bethlehem clearing attempt near the Eagles' blue line and ripped a shot past Miron. Then two minutes into the second period, Luse scored off a scrum for a rebound in front of Miron to give the Blue Streaks a 3-1 advantage.

Bethlehem could have let the game get away from it at that point, but John Gosstola wouldn't let that happen. The junior forward scored 19 seconds after Luse's goal to pull the Eagles back within a goal and caused Ricupero to switch from Tyler Ellor (one save on three shots) to Ryan Bourgeois in net.

"It obviously didn't work out with Tyler in goal, but that's why it's good that I have two goaltenders I can rely on," said Ricupero.

That did not seem to be the case right away. Gosstola freed himself up for a breakaway and scored on Bourgeois to tie the game at 3. However, Bourgeois settled down the rest of the second period, as he stopped the next four Bethlehem shots.

As Bourgeois settled down, so did Saratoga. Luse gave the Blue Streaks the lead back with a goal at the 9:07 mark of the second period. Then, Dan Going and Devin Smith tallied in the third period to make the score 6-3.

Bethlehem made one last push, thanks to a pair of late Saratoga penalties that left the Blue Streaks down two men. Sam Vincent scored on the 5-on-3 power play to get the Eagles within two goals, but a Bethlehem penalty after the goal negated what would have been a 5-on-4 advantage.

"That was the deciding moment of the game," said Rodrigue. "We still had another power play, and I intended to pull my goalie to make it a 6-on-4 advantage. And we had a penalty called on us that negated everything I intended to do at that point."

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