Hockey: One goal is enough for Bethlehem

Mrazik stands tall for Nisky/Schenectady in loss

— Sometimes, one goal is all you need. And sometimes, one goal is all you get.

Such was the case Friday at the Bethlehem Area YMCA, where Bethlehem made a first-period goal stand in a 1-0 Capital District High School Hockey League victory over Niskayuna/Schenectady.

N/S goaltender Peter Mrazik stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced, but he received little offensive support from the Mohawks (6-5-0 league, 8-10-0 overall), who managed only nine shots on goal.

"That goalie played well," said Bethlehem coach Andre Rodrigue. "It was a tight one."

Jon Clark's goal with 4:09 left in the opening period was all that Mrazik allowed, and even that was questionable as the puck barely cleared the goal line before Mrazik swiped it out.

"I wasn't even sure the first one went in," said N/S coach Todd Templeton. "He (Mrazik) kept us in the game the whole time."

"I said, 'She's a beaut, Clark,'" Rodrigue said of Clark's first goal of the season.

Mrazik remained in his groove and kept Bethlehem (8-3-0, 13-5-0) off the scoreboard the rest of the game, despite facing near-constant pressure at times.

"We knew we had to keep the pressure on," said Rodrigue. "It was a one-goal game, and one goal at any time could have tied it."

Bethlehem goaltender Kevin Cooley didn't see as much action as Mrazik did, but the junior made the saves when he needed to in posting his fifth win of the season and his first shutout.

"Statistically speaking, it says he only made nine saves, but he made a couple of key saves to keep us ahead," said Rodrigue.

"We played much better in the second and third periods, but we didn't get anything by (Cooley)," said Templeton.

The Eagles will look for their fifth win in their last six games Saturday when they travel to Colonie to face Christian Brothers Academy at the Albany County Hockey Facility.

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