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Hockey Sectionals: Jets soar past Mohawks

Three third-period goals propel Shaker/Colonie to quarterfinal win

— Not even the Capital District High School Hockey League's top goaltender could keep Shaker/Colonie's offense bottled up.

The Jets scored three times in the third period to break open a close game in a 6-0 Section II Division I quarterfinal victory over Niskayuna/Schenectady Tuesday at the Albany County Hockey Facility.

N/S goaltender Peter Mrazik made 44 saves, but the sixth-seeded Mohawks (9-12-0) couldn't muster a consistent counterattack against the third-seeded Jets (9-10-2).

"He played great, but that's not a surprise because he's been doing that for us all year," N/S coach Todd Templeton said of Mrazik, who was honored Monday as the CDHSHL goalie with the highest save percentage. "He did everything in his power to keep us in the game."

"If it wasn't for him, it could have been ... well, he's a great goalie," said S/C coach Steve Hudak.

S/C launched 15 shots at Mrazik in the first period, but only one got by -- a shot by Joey Chiara with 6:38 left in the stanza. The Jets equalled that shot total in the second period and put two past Mrazik. Jordan Vetrone scored the first goal off a feed from Jeff Bink at the 9:08 mark, and Eric Egan added a power play goal with 2.9 seconds left to make the score 3-0.

Mike Mineau opened the scoring in the third period with a highlight reel-worthy goal. Skating with the puck during a line change, Mineau charged into the N/S defensive zone, glided between two Mohawk defenders and launched a shot while falling down that went between Mrazik's legs.

"He needed that because he's been working so hard and coming up short lately," Hudak said of Mineau, who had been held without a goal in five of the Jets' last six regular-season games.

Chiara struck for his second goal of the evening 1:30 after Mineau's one-man show. Chiara received a pass from Mineau near the blue line and struck a slapshot that Mrazik had no chance of stopping to make the score 5-0.

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