continued Tanner MacIvor made certain that was as close as Shen would get. The senior midfielder fired a hard line drive past Shen goaltender Ben Robbins to give Niskayuna a 10-9 lead. Then, MacIvor forced a Shen turnover and scored on the resulting fast break to increase the Silver Warriors' lead to two goals.
"That was the play of the game," Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang said of MacIvor's individual effort. "Him dislodging the ball (from a Shen player's stick), picking it up, running down the field and scoring was huge."
The goals kept coming for Niskayuna. Sexton and Goldstock each scored late in the third period to put the Silver Warriors ahead 13-9. Both times, the plays started from behind the goal and the shots came from tough angles.
"It was very difficult to come up with a game plan to stop Niskayuna," said Holohan. "We didn't want Goldstock, Sexton and Maloney to have big games, and they wound up being the ones who had big games."
Jenkins tallied with 1:09 left in the third quarter to pull Shen within three goals, but the Plainsmen barely touched the ball in the fourth quarter. That helped Niskayuna pull away for good, as the Silver Warriors scored four unanswered goals over a 10-minute time span.
"When it was close, it was really nerve wrecking," said Goldstock. "Once we started pulling away, it was a great feeling."
Maloney had four goals and two assists, while Sexton and MacIvor each added hat tricks for Niskayuna. Goaltender Evan Quinn stopped 11 shots.
"I think Evan is great, and if we're going to continue on in the playoffs he's got to keep making 11 saves a game," said Vorgang.
Jenkins, Edick and Romano all finished with three goals for Shen. Jenkins also contributed three assists.