Hockey: Bethlehem wins Shaker/Colonie Tournament

Balanced attack leads Eagles past Jets in final

The Bethlehem hockey team used another goal-scoring flurry to win the Shaker/Colonie Thanksgiving Tournament title.

The Eagles (2-0-0) scored three times in a span of 3:34 in the second period on their way to beating Shaker/Colonie 5-2 in Saturday's championship game at the Albany County Hockey Facility.

Bethlehem's three-goal spurt was similar in nature to the one that helped it knock off Section I power Mamaroneck 3-2 in Friday's opening round game. The Eagles struck three times in a 6:16 time span to grab a 3-0 lead before the Tigers rallied in the third period.

This time, though, it took Shaker/Colonie (0-1-1) to score first before Bethlehem's offense got going. Mike Mineau tallied on a power play 3:22 into the second period to put the home team ahead 1-0 before goals by Austin Scro and Andrew Carroll 44 seconds apart gave Bethlehem a 2-1 advantage.

"We didn't play well in the first period," said Bethlehem coach Andre Rodrigue. "We took a long time to get our legs under us ... and I think it took Shaker/Colonie scoring first to really get us going."

Kevin Egan tied the game at 2 for Shaker/Colonie later in the second period with a shot through traffic that beat Bethlehem goaltender Kevin Cooley inside the left post, but Joey Verstandig stuffed home a pass from Sam Vincent a short time later to put the Eagles ahead 3-2.

Once Bethlehem regained the lead, it never let Shaker/Colonie get back in the game. Cooley made several saves in the third period and received help from his defense, which prevented the Jets from getting to the front of the net.

"I think they did a great job of shutting down the middle of the ice," said Shaker/Colonie coach Steve Hudak. "We couldn't get any dirty goals [in front]."

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