J-D’s offense sputtered for most of the first two quarters but did find its rhythm for brief spurts in the second half. They nearly cut the deficit to just two halfway through the third quarter when midfielder Griffin Fiener got a look from in close. His shot bounced off Niskayuna goalie Evan Quinn and landed on the goalline, but rolled away from the net to keep the Silver Warriors in front 8-5.
Goldstock then extended that lead with a goal on Niskayuna’s ensuing possession, sparking a three-goal run to put them up 11-5 late in the third quarter.
Facing their first loss in three years, J-D answered with three quick goals of their own.
“In the first half, I think we had the same looks as we did when we were making the runs,” Archer said. “It’s just the kids make the plays and that’s the difference.”
The teams traded goals to bring the score to 13-10 with seven minutes left before the Silver Warriors put the game away. Niskayuna tacked on four more goals — two on an empty net — to snap the Red Rams’ win streak.
After the final buzzer sounded, J-D was left in an unfamiliar position — looking on as the Silver Warriors celebrated the victory.
“I think it’s just another measure for us,” Vorgang said. “We beat a good team in our section (Shenendehowa), and now we beat a good team out here. So, we’re pretty good. I don’t know
how good, but we’ll find out as the season goes on.”