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Hockey: Carhart takes challenges head on

Colonie junior plays for two hockey teams when she's not figure skating

Shaker/Colonie hockey player Mikayla Carhart, right, battles along the boards for the puck during Friday's intrasquad scrimmage at the Albany County Hockey Facility. Carhart is splitting her time this season between the Jets and the Assabet Valley girls under-16 Red Major team.

Shaker/Colonie hockey player Mikayla Carhart, right, battles along the boards for the puck during Friday's intrasquad scrimmage at the Albany County Hockey Facility. Carhart is splitting her time this season between the Jets and the Assabet Valley girls under-16 Red Major team. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Carhart said the key to playing with the boys is to develop their mentality.

"You definitely don't play like a girl," said Carhart. "You play very aggressive. You don't back down, and you don't let somebody walk all over you. If they hit you, you hit them back."

"She is probably one of the toughest players on the team," said Hudak. "Besides the ponytail, you couldn't possibly tell she's a girl out there."

Carhart said there will be no trouble balancing her schedule between her high school team and her nationally recognized girls travel team.

"I'm with the guys six days a week, and then every Sunday I travel down to Boston to play with (Assabet Valley)," said Carhart.

Carhart and her Shaker/Colonie teammates take the ice for their first regular-season game on Friday, Nov. 29, when the Jets host Section I's Mamaroneck at the Albany County Hockey Facility. Section IV power Ithaca visits Shaker/Colonie the following afternoon, Nov. 30.

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