The focus switches to hockey this time, as the Cadets of LaSalle Institute welcomed the combined forces of Guilderland, Scotia-Glenville, & Mohonasen to Robert Conway Rink on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College on Friday night.
Coach Tim Flanigan's club had lost four of their first five going into play Friday, the lone win coming a week earlier in the home opener vs. Queensbury. With a tournament at Union College next on the agenda next week, the Cadets had to turn things around, and quickly. It helped, then, that the opposition amounted to high school hockey's version of the Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight.
Kevin Mainello put the hosts on the board halfway through the 1st period, tipping in a shot from Logan DiScanio to give LaSalle a 1-0 lead. Barely more than a minute later, DiScanio lit the lamp himself, and the Cadets led, 2-0, at the first intermission. In the 2nd, Sam (Golden) Mulson made it 3-0, as his shot got a friendly bounce off the edge of the net. Finally, DiScanio put the game away with his 2nd of the night in the 3rd, as LaSalle snapped a 2-game losing streak with a 4-0 win. Guilderville (for lack of a better acronym) went 0-6 on the power play, as the Cadets' defense backed up netminders Zach Hurst & Zac Rentz.
Following next week's holiday tourney at Union, the Cadets embark on a 3-game road trip before returning to Conway Rink on January 13 to play Shenendehowa.
Meanwhile, Troy High's boys basketball team ran its winning streak to five in a row, claiming first place in the Suburban Council's gray division in beating Christian Brothers Academy, 59-50. CBA had also been on a winning streak, as both schools lost their season openers, so something had to give. Conceivably, the division title could be at stake when the two teams meet again in the regular season finale at Troy on February 9. Conversely, Troy's women's team has suddenly run into bad luck, losing two of their last three to fall two games in back of Albany after the Lady Falcons came to Troy on Thursday night and thrashed the Lady Horses, 68-36. Due to a peculiar quirk in the schedule, the Lady Falcons came right back Friday and walloped Schenectady, 74-27. The Lady Horses are back in action today in a non-league match at Glens Falls. The boys, meanwhile, continue their road trip in Saratoga on Tuesday.