It has been at least three years since LaSalle hosted a game in the Section II hockey tournament. It's been 17 years since they won the Section II title. In front of the largest crowd of the season at Robert Conway Arena at Hudson Valley Community College, the Cadets didn't disappoint their faithful supporters in their first round game vs. the Guilderland/Mohonasen/Scotia-Glenville Storm.
The student section was full by the time the game started, roughly around 7:20 pm. Some five minutes in, fresh off serving a penalty himself, Ryan Murray put the Cadets on the board with a power play goal, beating Storm netminder Daniel Cooper to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Nearly 3 minutes later, senior captain Logan DiScanio went top shelf on Cooper to make it 2-0. A couple of minutes later, junior forward Tom Ryan found an opening and rifled one past Cooper. LaSalle led, 3-0, at intermission. DiScanio added an insurance tally in the 2nd period. Zac Rentz was hardly threatened in goal, with 12 saves in all, and the Cadets march into the semi-finals with a 4-0 win.
LaSalle now awaits the winner of tomorrow's game between Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa and Saratoga. Meanwhile, Christian Brothers Academy scored the first upset of the tournament, defeating 3rd seeded Bethlehem, 3-1. The 6th seeded Brothers will face either Shenendehowa or Shaker-Colonie, as that game had not concluded as of press time. The semi-finals will be at Union College on February 25, with the finals also at Union 3 nights later.