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Hockey: CBA pulls away from Guilderland/Mohonasen

Bassett's hat trick paces Brothers

— The Dutch Warriors began the second period on a power play after the Brothers were assessed a bench minor for taking too long to return from the locker room.

“It was certainly a cheap call,” said Fraser. “We weren’t aware that we had taken too much time.”

The penalty mattered little to CBA, though. Dean McMahon forced a mid-ice turnover and got the puck to Chris O’Keefe, who sent John Bassett in on a breakaway with a good lead pass. Bassett burst into the offensive zone and slotted the puck past Simmons to put the Brothers ahead 2-0 27 seconds into the second period.

“When we enter the second period down 1-0 and on the power play and then they score off the bat, that put us behind the eight ball,” said DeRubertis.

Simmons settled down and made several saves over the next 10 minutes to keep Guilderland/Mohonasen in the game, but Swantek and Bassett tallied over the final 4:38 of the second period to double CBA’s advantage to 4-0.

McCrum got an early taste of CBA’s quick-strike capabilities after replacing Simmons. Evan VanEpps charged in and took a shot that McCrum stopped, but O’Keefe poked in the rebound to give the Brothers a 5-0 lead 32 seconds into the third period.

Bassett completed CBA’s scoring with a spectacular individual effort with less than six minutes left. After taking a pass from Cody Greenwald, Bassett – listed on the CBA roster as a junior defenseman – skated through the Guilderland/Mohonasen defense and poked the puck past McCrum to make the score 6-0.

“He’s very defensively minded, but like the greats such as Bobby Orr he has a nose for the net,” Fraser said of Bassett, who recorded a hat trick. “He makes other guys look like [traffic] cones.”

Stockman came within 2:13 of recording his first shutout of the season, but Guilderland/Mohonasen’s Ryan Ghizzoni spoiled Stockman’s bid with a breakaway goal. Still, Fraser was pleased with the sophomore’s efforts between the posts.

“[Starting goaltender] Dakota Smith is out. He has a concussion, so [Stockman has] had to step up,” said Fraser.

CBA can gain more ground on league-leading Saratoga Springs this weekend when it hosts Niskayuna/Schenectady (3-3-0, 5-8-0) Friday and Shaker/Colonie (5-2-0, 5-6-2) Saturday.

“These next two games are very important for us,” said Fraser.

Meanwhile, Guilderland/Mohonasen has a difficult road ahead of it. The Dutch Warriors host Shenendehowa (5-0-0, 6-6-0) Thursday at Union College and then play Niskayuna/Schenectady Saturday at the Schenectady County Recreation Facility.

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