COLONIE One hockey team was hunting for a playoff spot. The other was just happy to be on the ice.
Less than 24 hours after a 7-4 loss to first-place Shenendehowa, Shaker/Colonie eased past last-place Guilderland/Mohonasen/Scotia-Glenville 16-1 in Saturday's Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Albany County Hockey Facility.
"It was nice playing a game without any pressure or stress," said Shaker/Colonie coach Steve Hudak. "It was a great opportunity for all of our kids to have a chance to contribute."
Kevin Egan and Jordan Vetrone each had hat tricks to lead a balanced attack for the Jets (5-4-0 league, 9-7-0 overall). Andrue Caruso and Justin Lange tallied two goals apiece, and Steve Rehfuss contributed a goal and four assists. Mikayla Carhart also recorded her first career point with a second-period assist.
The outcome was nothing new for G/M/S (0-9-0, 0-12-0). The Storm have had only one game this season where they've stayed within three goals of their opponent.
"I think they're always positive and always trying out there," said G/M/S coach Ed Koivula. "A lot of it is dealing with the frustration of always being out-manned."
A lack of players has hurt the Storm time and again. They have 11 skaters and are using a 12th -- Eddie Harasiemowicz -- as their goaltender.
"Defensively, we only have ... like, two natural defensemen," said Koivula. "So you put on top of that the lack of numbers, and it's too much to overcome."
Shaker/Colonie had little time to feel sympathetic towards G/M/S. The Jets are currently fighting with LaSalle, Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa, Niskayuna/Schenectady and Bethlehem for one of the final four Section II Division I playoff berths. Shen and second-place Saratoga are comfortably clear of the rest of the CDHSHL entering the final two weeks of the regular season.