Goaltender Kodi Riddell (30) and the Shaker/Colonie defense thwart a Bethlehem scoring bid during Saturday’s Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Albany County Hockey Facility.
continued Gosstola officially notched his team-leading 15th goal of the season in the second period when he ripped home a power play goal on a tough-angle shot. That goal gave Bethlehem some momentum heading into the third period.
After one potential Eagles' goal was waved off early in the third period because the cage came loose, Bethlehem took a 2-1 lead when Matt State's long, bouncing shot hopped past Riddell with 7:54 left in regulation.
"I had it," said Riddell. "I saw it bouncing around me, and it just went over my pad."
"It's tough to work hard and then have the fruit of your labor wiped away almost immediately," said Rodrigue. "But the thing is we had those two goals waved off, and we still scored the potential game winner."
A series of Bethlehem penalties ultimately turned the tide in S/C's favor, though. Cameron Shepardson and Nicholas Parente were sent to the penalty box within a 1:05 of each other, giving S/C a 5-on-3 advantage. Serafino scored the tying goal one second before Shepardson's penalty expired, and Egan tallied one minute later to give the Jets a 3-2 lead.
"I think our focus this season is that we know we can score," said Hudak. "So [after State's goal], we were like, 'Don't worry about it. We can get it back.'"
Three more Bethlehem penalties followed in the wake of Egan's tally, which left the Eagles in no position to challenge for a tying goal. Sanchez made a pair of saves to prevent S/C from expanding its lead, but it couldn't prevent the Jets from winning the game.
Sanchez made 30 saves for Bethlehem, while Riddell stopped 29 shots for S/C.
"I couldn't have done this without [my defenders]," said Riddell, who picked up his second win as a starter this season. "They were a big help tonight."
"He's finally got some confidence," Hudak said of his netminder. "He's gotten used to starting now, which is big because this is only his second year of playing [varsity] hockey and he'd never started a game before this season."
Both teams have six days off before their next CDHSHL games. S/C hosts Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa Friday, while Bethlehem meets league-leading Saratoga Springs at the Bethlehem Area YMCA.