Brad Tardif knew exactly what to do with the puck once he saw it bounce toward him.
The junior forward intercepted a clearing attempt and scored the winning goal in overtime to lift Shenendehowa to a 2-1 victory over Christian Brothers Academy in Thursday's Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Clifton Park Arena.
CBA (9-6-0 league, 9-9-1 overall) dominated the action for most of the overtime period until a clearing attempt inside its own zone struck the side of the goal and deflected to Tardif, who immediately slapped it past goaltender Kyle Stockman.
"That last goal was a terrible turnover. It was a brain cramp," said CBA coach Jeff Fraser. "Nobody could believe it happened."
Shen goaltender Brian Walter kept the Plainsmen (9-2-0, 10-8-0) in the hunt by making save after save during the final four minutes of regulation and the first three minutes of overtime. Walter finished the night with 25 saves to help Shen end a two-game losing streak.
"He played very well," said Shen coach Juan de la Rocha. "It was a really important game for him, and he gained some confidence tonight."
Stockman was also stout between the pipes. The sophomore made 31 saves for CBA, more than half of which came during the first two periods.
"I think this was fate because he was cut from the Shen team last year," Fraser said of Stockman. "I think he wanted to show Shen how much he's grown as a player."
Stockman faced as many shots as he did due to Shen's relentless forechecking inside CBA's blue line, which led to several missed clearing attempts by the Brothers' defensemen.
"I think the best part of our game tonight was our forecheck," said de la Rocha. "We generated a lot of offense. We just didn't finish as often as we would have liked."