Tough teams put Dutchmen on thin ice

GUILDERLAND — It was a tough week for the Guilderland ice hockey team.

The Skating Dutchmen had their game against Glens Falls on Friday postponed and lost two close games to the division leaders in the Capital District High School Hockey League.

Guilderland lost to Division II leader Queensbury, 6-5, in overtime on Saturday and lost to Shenendehowa, who is ahead of the Dutch in Division I, 4-2, on Tuesday night.

The Skating Dutchmen have a 10-9-1 overall record and are 10-3 in the CDHSHL. They wrap up the season with a trip to Glens Falls today (Thursday).

On Saturday, the Dutchmen got a hat trick (three goals) from senior Aaron Cahill but it was not enough as Queensbury’s Matt Soprano also tallied three times.

Greg Warnken and Colin Burg each had a goal for Guilderland. Joe Romano had an assist and Warnken helped out on two goals.

Brendan Glennon made 23 saves in goal for the Dutchmen. He was helped on defense by Jon Fogel, who aided Glennon in killing off nine power-play opportunities after penalties.

Guilderland led, 2-0, after the first period, but Queensbury scored two goals in the second to tie the contest. Both teams scored three goals in the third period to remain tied at the end of regulation.

On Tuesday, the Dutchmen could not keep up with division-leading Shen, which wrapped up the league’s regular-season championship with the win.

The Plainsmen scored a goal each in the first and second periods. Guilderland came back to score two goals in the third period to tie the game, but Shen scored two more goals to pull away for the win.

Cahill and Dan Dickinson tallied for the Dutchmen. Warnken picked up an assist in the game for the Dutch.

Glennon made 30 saves in the game for the Skating Dutchmen.

Guilderland fell to third place with 16 points, just a half-point behind LaSalle for second place.

The Dutchmen will play Christian Brothers Academy on Friday in the first round of the Albany Cup tournament. The Dutchmen will play on Saturday in the championship game or consolation game against either Bethlehem or Shaker-Colonie.

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