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Division 1 Semifinals: Saratoga Springs Boys’ Hockey Team Blanks Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa in Section 2

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SARATOGA ‌SPRINGS — The Saratoga⁤ Springs ice hockey squad was well aware that they were facing the most formidable offensive team in‌ Section 2, Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa, on Thursday night.

Despite this, the Blue Streaks remained unfazed.‌ Their solid defense and well-timed shots led them to a triumphant 3-0 victory in the Section 2 ​Division 1⁤ semifinals.

“This was a collective effort, a testament to our team defense⁢ strategy,” expressed Saratoga Springs coach Tim⁣ Horst. “We emphasized in the locker room the importance of​ every⁤ player. We operate with three lines and six deep, and each one of ⁢them is crucial to our success.”

The scoring was initiated ⁤by Jayson Carpenter, ‌who netted ⁢Saratoga Springs’ first ⁣goal towards the end of the first period, with an assist⁣ from ‌Daniel Klochaney.

Liam Chartrand⁣ then took the spotlight, scoring two consecutive goals for the Blue Streaks. His first ⁣goal came in the second period, assisted by ⁤Patrick Temple.

Chartrand’s second goal was⁣ scored ​in ⁤the ‍third period, with roughly two minutes left in the game. ⁢This goal solidified Saratoga Springs’ lead with a three-goal advantage.

“Scoring that goal was an⁣ exhilarating experience,” Chartrand‍ shared. “Especially when we’re leading 2-0 and they’re pressuring us. Scoring that ⁢third goal is like the final nail in the‌ coffin. It was ⁣an incredible feeling.”

Xander‌ Clarke, the goalie ⁢for‍ Saratoga Springs, made an impressive 36 saves in the shutout, while Kasch Kinowski‌ of Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa made 24 saves.

Throughout the season,‍ Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa had been the highest scoring team in Section 2, with ⁢a ⁤total of 120‌ team‌ goals. This marked only the ⁣second time ‌they have been shut out this season, with the‌ previous instance being an 8-0 defeat to Saratoga Springs on Jan. 5.

With this victory, the Blue Streaks (13-8-1) ‌are‌ set to ​face Shenendehowa (17-4-1) in the Section 2 Division 1 ⁤championship game. The game is scheduled for Sunday at 5:45 p.m. at Union⁤ College’s Messa Rink.

Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa​ 0 0 0⁤ — 0

Saratoga Springs 1 1 1‌ — 3

BH/BS ‌scoring: None.⁣ Saratoga Springs scoring: Carpenter 1-0; Chartrand 2-0; ⁢Temple 0-1; Klochaney 0-1. Goalies: BH/BS, Kinowski 24 saves; Saratoga Springs, Clarke, 36 saves.

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Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan, an informed and passionate sports reporter, is a former college athlete with a degree in Sports Communication from Ithaca College. Go Bombers!
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